I'm sitting here shaking my head at how I did not think of this myself! Found a great blog called Sew Many Ways and was looking at her Christmas posts. FYI - You really have to read these posts because there is awesome frugal idea after awesome frugal idea - no skimming! But what blew my socks off was her casual mention of replacing her artificial Christmas tree and instead of getting rid of the old tree she uses the branches elsewhere in her decorating!!! One good sized branch was turned into a beautiful swag with a well placed ribbon bow hiding the "hook" where the branch would have gone on the tree. SO many possibilities! Here is the link, but what I am gushing over is well down the page... http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-home-tour.html I have an extra tree packed away that I was considering getting rid of since we don't have a place for it. NOT ANYMORE! What a great way to augment garlands, decorate mantels, tops of high bookcases, add to other artificial trees that are a bit skimpy and could use extra branches stuffed in, and on and on... This makes me think of those times that you see a Christmas tree at a garage sale for free or great price and pass it by because you don't want to take a chance that branches are missing. As long as that baby is still in decent shape (i.e. not brittle, doesn't smell) - this way it would always end up being useful, even if pieces are missing. Just got really excited and had to share!