When we got our tree this year I saved some of the branches my husband cut off the bottom. I knew I could use them for a few things.
Cuttings from the bottom of the tree
First I pulled out a hanger from my husband's dry cleaning, took off the cardboard and bent it into a circle shape.
I then wrapped small branches around the wire, overlapping the branches as I went. If I had floral wire, I would have used it, but the branches stayed just fine.
I added a ribbon and few apples (being a teacher and all)!
I also made a few fresh swags for my bathroom