40+ Unique Christmas Tree Alternatives

Wrapping Paper DIY Christmas Tree

Wrapping Paper DIY Christmas Tree

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You can quickly and easily create a quaint Christmas Tree by using rolled Wrapper Paper (on the tubes or off) cut to various lengths.  Add additional decorations to create your own unique tree! For easy storage, mount on a large piece of foam core so that it can easily be moved in and out of the space for the Holidays.

DIY Adjustable Wood Christmas Tree

DIY Adjustable Wood Christmas Tree

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This is a DIY Christmas Tree dream. The unique structure is easy to create and put together, easy to take apart and store, and creates a dramatic visual impact during the Christmas Season. Simply cut individual lengths of wood to form the shape of the tree, bore a hole in the middle of each, and then slide them over the pole.

What I love most about this tree is that – once built, but before it’s decorated – you can quickly and easily change how it is formed to display. The image below shows the exact same DIY tree, but in 4 different formations.

Rustic Twig Wall Mounted Christmas Tree

Rustic Twig Wall Mounted Christmas Tree

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If space is limited and there’s little room for a traditional Christmas tree, this quick, easy, and rustic twig Christmas Tree could be what you need. String six branches together to create a simple tree form, add lights, and decorate however you choose. It’s as easy as that!



Snowman Village Christmas Tree Alternative

Snowman Village Christmas Tree Alternative

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This clever concoction uses a set of 3 different sized fishbowls to create a set of stacked winter scenes.  A classic snowman’s hat is placed on top to complete the look.  It’s a lovely, intricate, and quaint alternative to the traditional Christmas Tree.

Minimalist Maple Pop-Up Christmas Tree

Minimalist Maple Pop-Up Christmas Tree

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A slight, minimalist tree form crafted from wood can easily be wrapped with a decorated garland to create a quick and easy Christmas Tree with plenty of space for presents.

Metal Ornamental Christmas Tree Alternative

Metal Ornamental Christmas Tree Alternative

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This isn’t really a DIY Christmas Tree Alternative, as you need to buy the stand. But, once you’ve done so, you can create your own version by adding as many or as few Ornaments as you’d like.

DIY Rustic Branches Christmas Tree

Rustic Branches DIY Christmas Tree

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Another take on the use of rustic branches, this one does require more space… but it creates a wonderful and unique Christmas display.

Sushi Christmas Tree

Sushi Christmas Tree

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Ok, probably not practical for your own Holiday Display purposes. But you can’t have a list of Unique Christmas Trees without including at least one Sushi Christmas Tree. So, here.  However, for something a touch more practical, there is this really cute Sushi Christmas Tree Platter.

Sushi Christmas Tree Platter

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This would be a great edible accent to have out at your next Christmas Party.

Wall (or Door) Mounted Christmas Tree

Wall (or Door) Mounted Christmas Tree

Easy to create, this piece provides an easy and space saving way to add a touch of Christmas charm.  Simply place a string of white Christmas lights on the wall or door in the shape of a tree, and then fill it with Christmas Ornaments. Plug it in and your’e done.


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Modernist Paper Cones Christmas Tree

Modernist Paper Cones Christmas Tree

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This DIY Christmas Tree has a Scandinavian feel to it, partly because of the start use of black and silver. Of course, you’re welcome to create this DIY tree in whatever color combination you choose.

DIY Card Display Christmas Tree Alternative

DIY Card Display Christmas Tree Alternative

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With a piece of Plywood and a little bit of yarn, you can easily create this DIY Christmas Tree shaped holiday card display. See the complete tutorial at HGTV.com.

Book Lovers DIY Christmas Tree

Book Lovers DIY Christmas Tree

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For those who love reading as much as they love Christmas, this unique Christmas Tree offers the best of both worlds. Easy to create using your favorite books, and some Christmas string lights.

The Bookcase Christmas Tree for Book Lovers

The Bookcase Christmas Tree for Book Lovers

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Another great idea for Book Lovers, this one lets you leave your favorite books ON the shelf, but simply re-arrange them to create the shape of a Christmas Tree.  Throw a star on top, string some lights on this bad boy, and you’re all set!

Carved Books Christmas Tree

Carved Books Christmas Tree

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Continuing with our book-themed Christmas Trees, this installment comes from Juniper Books in Boulder, CO. They carved up a bunch of old, defunct Law Books to create this unique bookcase display.



Pages out of a Christmas Book

Book Pages Collage Unique Christmas Tree

And the final installation for DIY Christmas Tree for Book Lovers, this one uses the pages from an old book to create a lovely Christmas-shaped, wall-mounted Christmas Tree. Not all book lovers will adore this creation (some may think it’s an abuse of the written page), but I think it’s rather quaint. Just make sure you use a book that is already on it’s way to the recycle bin if you don’t want to ruin a favorite book.

I also like the idea of taking an old Children’s Christmas book (you could probably find one at a local thrift store) and creating this same collage, but with actual pages from a Christmas Book.

It’s a Very Recycled Christmas Tree, Charlie Brown

Recycled Paper DIY Christmas Tree

Recycled paper can make for an excellent DIY Christmas Tree, as indicated here with two very unique approaches to using recycled paper to create Christmas decorations. And wrapping paper! Celebrate the holidays and save the planet, you can’t go wrong with this one!

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