Don’t waste those extra branches—try these easy projects instead.

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Take two small, needle-free twigs of the same length. Place them side by side, and hot-glue them together. Embellish one end with a sprig of greenery. Nestle (or glue) the place card into the small slot between the two twigs. RELATED: Our Favorite Christmas Kitchens
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This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

After picking out the perfect Christmas tree, don’t toss those extra branches and tree scraps! Once you have your tree trimmed and decorated to your liking, you are sure to have some extra branches lying around. These personalized touches will help make every spot in your home photo worthy. Plus, you can spread the scent of fresh pine needles throughout your home. Some ideas require no work, while others will allow you to express your creative side. Hopefully you will have enough branches to execute all four ideas!

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Hang a Star Wreath

Cut out a large star shape from cardboard. Gather enough evergreen scraps to completely cover it. Working one point at a time, hot-glue the branches to the cardboard. Attach a ribbon to the back of one point for hanging.

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Create a Tabletop Display

Start with long, skinny branches. Drill a hole in the center of a small wooden disk. Place a dab of hot glue into the hole, and drop in the “tree.” If needed, wire on additional “branches” to fill it out.

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Welcome Each Person

Take two small, needle-free twigs of the same length. Place them side by side, and hot-glue them together. Embellish one end with a sprig of greenery. Nestle (or glue) the place card into the small slot between the two twigs.

RELATED: Our Favorite Christmas Kitchens

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Embellish a Present

The prettiest ideas are often the easiest. Wrap your gift, and before you finish tying the bow, slip a few small evergreen sprigs and jingle bells into the knot. Then tie the ribbon to hold them in place.