Free source of wood (for folks w/ compost piles and room to work/dry)

Take your old Christmas tree out to the compost pile rather than the curb, limb it up, and then find a place to set the trunk aside to finish drying — wood tends towards having knots, but is relatively straight.

If you’re in a lyrical / poetic mode, you could make ornaments / gifts out of it for next year, ideally incorporating an image of the tree.

(Shades of the religious folk story about the three trees for folks who are Christian)

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Note: Do not attempt with an artificial tree


If making ornaments is the plan, you could save space by just slicing off a few rounds from the base. Those will dry nicely and won’t require much room for storage.