In feng shui practice, the braided trunks of a money tree are thought to lock in good fortune. A money tree is believed to attract wealth and prosperity, which is why you’ll often see it in business settings. In the home, the best place for a money tree is where it will thrive: near a bright window, but not in direct sun.
Snow covered trees, the crisp winter air, firewood crackling in the fire place. If that sounds like your perfect Christmas night, then consider decorating your tree with a woodland theme. Natural elements, such as DIY wood burned ornaments and handmade wooden garland, are right at home next to plaid ribbon and burlap texture.
Money tree (Pachira aquatica) goes by a host of other common names, including Malabar chestnut, French peanut, saba nut, Bombax and monguba. It can be grown in a variety of sizes: from miniature, to potted plant, to full-on tree.
My favorite holiday scent is cinnamon. All you need to decorate your tree with this yummy scent are cinnamon sticks, some twine, and an hour. Wrap a group of four sticks with the twine. Hang on your tree with a shorter piece of twine.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
Deer often rub their antlers on trees for a variety of reasons—marking territory, removing felt from antlers, wooing does and removing antlers. Whatever the reason, rubbing can lead to a tree’s death.
Easy Solution: Skip expensive tree wraps and use plastic corrugated drainage pipe to make your own tree guard. Just cut the pipe to correct size, make a slit along one side and wrap it around the trunk.
This ombre tree is an updated look to a monochromatic style. To decorate your tree like this one, pick one hue (I chose teal). Hang ornaments on your tree going from light on the top to dark on the bottom, which creates the ombre effect. Finish off the look with a long, wired, ombre ribbon. Place crisply wrapped gifts in the same colors as your ornaments underneath the tree.
Author Carrie Brown’s “Bees’ Tree” was inspired by our endangered pollinators. Hand-felted bees nestle between pine boughs and sprigs of rosemary. Small electric lights make the tree even more "buzzworthy."
Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.