For a lot of renters, setting a Christmas tree is a huge part of celebrating the holiday. But putting a fresh-cut tree or even a large imitation tree into your Rio Rancho home can be expensive trouble – or worse.
As shown by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees are responsible for causing an average of 170 residential fires every year, causing an average of 15 injuries, 4 deaths, and $12 million in property damage. Statistics like these uncover just how dangerous Christmas trees can be, and may motivate you and your landlord to search for creative alternatives.
Safety aside, opting to go for a low-cost, low-hassle alternative to the traditional Christmas tree may give you an opportunity to get those creative juices flowing. A substitute Christmas tree can be constructed out of just about any material you can think of, giving you a creative new take on the traditional tree.
For example, if you have an incredible spot in your living room or another location that is suited for the purpose, you could create a “tree” out of crepe paper or washi tape, adding ornaments that you can attach directly to the wall. For the more audacious ones, consider making a tree out of post-it notes, using different colored notes to create the effect of green branches and colorful ornaments. You could also draw or paint a tree outline on a large canvas or chalkboard, letting your creative side shine through. By using removable tape or other materials, you can easily create an affordable “tree” on your wall that can then be quickly removed.
For renters looking for a more 3-dimensional option, see what you can make with a wooden ladder, a stack of books, or several large pieces of cardboard. Ever notice how a freestanding ladder looks like a triangle from the side? Wrap a string of lights around it and add a few decorative touches, and you have created a “Christmas tree” that you can use for home maintenance tasks the entire rest of the year.
For the book lover, consider creating a “tree” on a small table by creatively stacking some books. You can later add ornaments on top to give it the true holiday feel. Then again, you can have a go at crafting a multi-sided “tree” out of large pieces of cardboard inserted through each other. This freestanding tree stand-in can then be painted or ornamented to give it just the look and feel you wish.
Other creative options to consider include twine and twigs. It is quite easy to create a “tree” shape by wrapping an upside-down cone, tomato cage, or other items with twine, felt, or decorative ribbon. These unbelievable pieces would then be displayed anywhere you have space to show off your creations. For a more rustic approach, consider trying different lengths of twigs together to create a tree-shaped twig ladder that can be hung in a window or mounted on a wall.
Innovative and low-cost, all of these creative options may very well be your new go-to Christmas decorations. In any case, if you do have questions about what decorations your landlord will allow, it is important to communicate early and on a regular basis with your landlord or Rio Rancho property manager. Eventually, they are your best guide to a safe and hassle-free holiday season. For more information about how the team at Real Property Management Albuquerque can help, contact us online or call us at 505-831-8700.
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