Trim-Spirational: Three DIY Ways to Spruce up Your Spruce for Christmas
All that stuff left over from years of projects around the house? Pick out the shiniest, coolest-looking items stashed in the basement, and let's talk home improvement, Christmas style. If you're not a save-it-in-case-you-need-it-someday type, just run over to your local hardware store. This arboreal fixer-upper sits in a 15-gallon galvanized washtub ($25, bucket-outlet.com) that hides the entire tree stand. After the holiday, think inside the box: Store your new decorations in the tub after you take your tree down.
- For the top of the tree: A 3-inch vent cap, used on top of a gas or sewage pipe to keep the rain out, ($7, doityourself.com).
- Those icicles dangling down -- the wire brushes that look like pipe cleaners on steroids -- are micro and trachea tube brushes ($2, justmanbrush.com).
- You can also use several drain covers, a.k.a. strainer replacements ($1 to $2, depending on the size, lowes.com)
- The sparkly garland: 3/4-inch pipe strapping ($5 per 10-foot roll, plumbing.hardwarestore.com)
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