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5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Wreaths

Just like natural Christmas trees picked from tree farms, wreaths can also be recycled as soon as the holiday season is over. Knowing what a wreath is made up of will help you find out how to reuse it.

Begin by taking out the decorations, like cones and bows. These ornaments can be used again next year either on your Christmas tree or a new wreath. The good thing is that you only need to purchase a plain wreath since you already have the trimmings you need, thereby saving you money and time.


  1. Find the end of the florist wire that’s wrapped around the metal ring. Disassemble the wire by unwinding it around the wreath. You can use this wire for another wreath or for craft projects you may want to create.
  2. The loop of a metal ring made of iron can be reused for many beautiful crafts. Perhaps you may want to create an Easter wreath or a summer wreath for your front porch.
  3. What is left of the wreath now is the natural greenery that can be used as mulch for your flowerbed or as compost. You can also use any wood from the wreath to burn in your fireplace.
  4. If you don’t have the time, get in touch with your local recycling center to see if they accept old Christmas wreaths. Ask them for a schedule when you can drop it off.
  5. Find out if there are groups within the community that recycle Christmas wreaths just like Christmas trees. There are organizations that do this every time the holiday season ends like the Boy Scouts.

Whether it’s for crafts or as nourishment for other plants, Christmas wreaths are useful and can be reused in a number of ways. Recycling them is not only a great way to make the most out of your initial investment; it also helps cut down on carbon footprint. Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.