For years now, I’ve been trying different methods for cinching the Christmas Tree pieces so it will fit back in its original box for storage. I’ve tried: large zip-ties (too expensive for one-time use), various strings and twines (cut up my fingers something awful), bungee cords (awkward and ill-fitting), and even strips of muslin (left strings all over the tree branches). I was getting really frustrated.
Then I thought of trying cinch-straps, but they are not cheap and kind of complicated. Then one day at the local Goodwill, I was slapped in the face by an idea: BELTS. DUH.
When you’re shopping for tree-belts:
- the wider, the better;
- belts with D-ring closures work best for cinching down the branches;
- you’ll want to get longer belts for the larger tree section, and shorter belts for the smaller tree section, etc.
I bought 8 used (and kind of ugly) belts for around $5 total at Goodwill that day, and they’re still working great — battening our tree down to cram back into it’s tiny box year after year!