Alternative Christmas Trees as Decoration

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It’s perfect if you don’t yet have a Christmas tree. Using Christmas decoration as tree alternative is far better. They make adorable ‘Christmas trees’. You can make these decorations on a dime. And, you will be loved by Mother Nature and your kids alike, if you do.

 

Christmas trees decorations

Like this? See many more below!

 

Materials for Christmas Decorations that are Alternative Christmas Trees

There’s no limit to the materials you could use to make your own alternative Christmas tree.

I’m instantly thinking of things you could use to create an Christmas Tree that you quite possibly already have laying around:

  • Apples or Oranges – Dried Slices
  • Burlap
  • Branches, of any kind
  • Candy, e.g. candy canes
  • Christmas cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Coffee Filters
  • Colored Fabric Birdies
  • Cotton Balls
  • Crochet Doilies, Edges, Shape; stiffened
  • Craft Paper
  • Cut Cardboard
  • Cut-out Letters along a Spiral Metal
  • Cloths Pins
  • Decorative Balls
  • Embroidery Hoops on Wall with Green Fabric
  • Fabric Wall Hanging
  • Felt
  • Folded Book Pages
  • Folded Doilies, stacked and painted
  • Folded Fabric Cones
  • Metal Curls from Coat Hangers
  • Paper Mache over a Cone shape, covered with music paper, and glitter and doodles
  • Picture Frames, Grouped in Tree shape
  • Pinecones, stacked, glued, grouped
  • Plain-white Paper Shapes
  • Planks
  • Polka Dots
  • Post-it Notes
  • Guilled, with Curly Branches
  • Quilted  from Fabric Pieces
  • Rag pipe Cleaners
  • Recycled Bottle Bottoms
  • Recycled Bottle Caps
  • Ribbons
  • Stamps/stamped
  • Sisal thread
  • Socks
  • Sticks
  • Stickers
  • Stockings
  • Tilted books in bookcase
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Useless but pretty objects
  • Wire and beads
  • Wood slices
  • Wrapping paper

 

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Look over my list, and let your own creative juices flow to decide what you could make.

 

Alternative Christmas Trees

Here are some ideas…

Pretty Fountain of Christmas Cheer


Christmas decorations

Glorious Christmas tree from tulle balls on a golden stand. This is image is from a 1959 out-of-print Whitestone publication ‘how to Christmas’ book.

Will probably be in the 1958 version as well.

Christmas Tree Collage from Useless but Pretty Objects

This Christmas tree shape collage is very good way to show off your souvenirs, thingies, letters, and fun pictures.



Christmas trees

by Dutch designer Jane Schouten at All the Luck in the World .

Christmas in a Pot

christmas decorations

An sweet pink Christmas tree in a pot from pin / red decoupaged wood sticks.

Originally intended as a Valentine’s tree by ThenSheMade, but I’m not bothered by that.

Would be a perfect Christmas decoration for a girl’s room.

7 simple planks hammered on an 8th plank, with some hooks for toy ornaments.

100% recycled, but could be mistaken for stacked ice-cream cakes…

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I suppose it requires a bit more Christmas-y decorating to be a perfect 10/10.

by Woodwoolstool.com

Squiggly Christmas Branches ~ 1

3 curly branches in a tall glass vase and hung with natural, crochet and other lightweight Christmassy things.

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Not a Christmas tree, but says ‘Christmas’ nonetheless.

By seahorse-design.com

Christmas Tree Ladder

Repurpose that year-round useful home decorating ladder to be your Christmas tree this year. Hang present and ornaments in groups.

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Put a star on top, I’d say.

By Lisa Wohnen und Dekorieren

Squiggly Christmas Branches ~ 2

More Squiggly branches decorated with seed balls and accent Christmas lights.

Cute, but the balls and the lights make it look a bit like you’re in a disco place…

bean ball xmas tree

Christmas Toy Tree

20 twigs from the garden with a hole in the center. Glued onto a central metal wire or wooden stick and placed on a flat piece of wood.

Cute, but there’s no space for decorations.

christmas-tree
 

a toy for sale

Spaghetti  Christmas Tree

I dig this sooo much.

I have seen many varieties of these in shops here in Rome, Italy. Why? 
It’s a painted pasta Christmas tree. How great is that!!!


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By Bhg.com

Hawaiian Christmas Tree

Arguably the most unusual Christmas tree alternative: stacked hula girl skirts….ribbon-ed with Christmas lights….

Great reminder of warmer weather throughout the festive season..

hawaiian xmas tree doecdoe 

By Doecdoe

Calling all green ragpipe cleaners for a new job: be a Jolly Christmas tree ornament this year. String on red or silver beads and hang from a short string loop.

pipe cleaner Christmas tree
xmas origami tree

Craft Stick Christmas Tree

You need: 6 wooden craft sticks, green craft paint, some sequins and a few bitty bits of glitter rag pipe cleaner.  Oh, and a toddler to make this for you.

craftstick christmas tree

Rubber Stamp Christmas Tree

polkadot_christmas_tree

… there’s a story to this one… see below…

Letter Tree

grow a Christmas tree

On thick clear plastic


White Silver Leaf Tree


No Christmas tree, but sure conveys the snow winter mood of Christmas. Quite pretty. Only need some spray paint and a walk into your garden or the park to pick up some oak tree leaves.

whitepaintedfoliage_realsimplephoto 
by Real Simple

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

Add glue, red buttons and a star topper.

coffee filter christmas tree craftsbyamanda

By CraftsbyAmanda.com

Delightful Twiggs  Christmas Tree

christmas tree

During the day you can’t see it’s a Christmas tree, but in the eve, it sure is a delight on the porch.

by Lisa Says Why Ben says Yup

 

Are you inspired??

These are great trees to make. Now, you don’t have to do what they did, of course. There are so many materials you could use, and so many themes you could pursue.

 

Your POLKA DOT Christmas Tree

One thing I like is to take one style/material/theme, and then apply that theme/imagery/color scheme/style for all the Christmas tree items for that year. 

Like the year I fell in love with this polka dot tree. It’s just a darn stamp.  See it printed, really enlarged, and see collaged upon with your favorite family photos and hung on your show wall in the living room.

Continue the theme of polka dot Christmas tree on all your holiday entertainment items: stamp it on napkins, table runners, tea towels, glasses, vases, Christmas party invitations & dinner table place cards, guest soaps… etc.

 

 

This Christmas card below took me < 4 min. to create and post. Gotta love stamps. Get your own, and get a couple...



Click the polka dot tree ‘buy’ link to browse through their christmas and other stamp sets and see what you like (eg. Russian doll set), or you can make your own with either text or images:


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