For the past few weeks, I’ve been bugging my husband about getting a small tree for our upstairs. We have our gorgeous fake tree up and shining downstairs, but I really want another tree to enjoy when we aren’t in the play room.
I didn’t want to spend a lot but I was also determined. I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and saw a really pretty Rosemary plant shaped like a tree. Well, I had gotten a Rosemary plant there months ago and it was still thriving. Perhaps a bit ragged and uneven (#1 in the numbered picture below), but I decided it would do just fine!
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I brought it in from outside and very carefully placed it on some plastic. I trimmed and trimmed (2 below) until I was happy with the shape.
Pro-tip, start small. You can always trim off more, but you can never put a piece back.
Once I was done trimming I found a giant platter to put under the Rosemary. Ideally, I would have a pot platter specifically for my pot, but I had to use what I had on hand. Because remember, this is a live plant and it needs to be watered. And you do not want to water it without anything underneath to catch the water. Been there, done that.
On top of the platter, I put a layer of plastic, then my newly shaped Christmas tree (3).
I used a giant green tablecloth to act as the tree skirt because I didn’t have another one and I had a lot to hide, the giant purple pot and all of the plastic (4).
Then I added lights. And of course, next up are the ornaments. I let the kiddos take over for that part.
You may be left with a lot of Rosemary trimmings. If so, there are a ton of things you can do with it. But, just to name a few, you could:
-Cook a delicious meal with it. I love Rosemary with lamb, but that’s me.
-Use it as a garnish in a Holiday cocktail.
-Use it as a garnish for a meal.
-Use it to decorate an anti pasta plate.
-If you have enough, you can make a wreath.
-Or you can even add it to your fake tree to add a nice bit of fragrance.
Do you have second tree in your house? Have you ever decorated with Rosemary? Please share your ideas below!!
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