For the record, alternative Christmas trees are not your average Christmas tree! Green trees strung with lights, loaded with dazzling ornaments, and skirted by presents below are lovely and traditional. However, why not splurge for an alternative Christmas tree that can be just as stunning, unique, and festive? The shape and concept are the same, but the design elements are individual, create a striking statement, and are sure to be memorable!
Be inspired by these memorable 19 alternative Christmas trees that are not your average Christmas tree!
1. Twigs and lights
Hunt down twigs from your garden and combine with a zig-zagged strand of lights. This simple, natural alternative Christmas tree design still allows for ornaments and even a star on top!
2. Balls and Hoops
The ringed hoops design a typical Christmas tree shape, and the balls fashion as ornaments. But when you add a spot light below, you add in the wow-factor! This statement alternative tree will forever remain in your Christmas memories.
3. Library Tree
Calling all book lovers! I have officially ruined traditional Christmas trees because none can compare to a tree composed of your favorite bound books. The crisp paper, worn edges, and colorful spines will melt your heart when lit up by a string of lights.
4. Alternative Pallet Tree
Have a pallet lying around? Then you’re in the works for the perfect rustic alternative Christmas tree. White wash it for some holiday cheer. Fashion string lights into the shape of a tree. Hang your favorite baubles, a star topper, and even a trunk for a more natural look. This would dress up any porch with holiday spirit!
5. Alternative Tree made of Sticks and Twigs
Chopping wood for your fireplace but have a bunch of leftover twigs? Don’t burn them! Align them along a dowel or board to form a natural, outdoorsy alternative tree. Can you imagine how cozy this would look next to a roaring fire?
6. Teepee Tree
Kids of all ages will find this teepee tree a hit! A simple design that still offers greenery, lights, and ornaments. Minimalists and tiny apartment dwellers, this is the best alternative tree for you!
7. Bulleting Board Ornament Tree
Is your office lacking some Christmas cheer? Have a small room without floor space for a traditional tree? Why not tack colorful ornaments on a fancy bulletin board in the shape of a tree. This would also be perfect for an elderly relative who can’t handle a large tree but still desires to decorate their home for the holidays!
8. Snowman Alternative Tree
Can you look at this Snowman and not smile? Probably not! A children’s room or play area wouldn’t be complete without this snowman tree!
9. Hanging Baubles
Grab your fishing line and favorite baubles! Strung from above, this alternative tree would be perfect in your living room or entryway with raised ceilings! Imagine the look on your guests face when they see this beauty of art! (Jaws drop, eyes buldge, and hearts stop!)
10. Pallet Tower Tree
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably done a pallet project or two (or 10…but who’s counting?!). All of those leftover bits and pieces can compile the craftiest alternative Christmas tree!
11. Vintage Window Alternative Christmas Tree
Transform your decorative windows and doors for the holiday season. Attach colorful ornaments and baubles to the screen in the shape of a tree!
12. Chalkboard Christmas Tree
If you don’t have a wall covered with chalkboard paint, you should reconsider. The beauty of chalkpaint means the entire wall becomes your canvas! Draft an image of your dream Christmas tree, then get to work making it a reality!
13. Dress Tree
Seamstresses, bridal shops, and department stores need this alternative tree! Topped with a dress and Christmas patterned-belt, but the train flows with greenery and pinecones.
14. Beer Bottle Tree
Show your husband some love by filling his man cave with a beer bottle Christmas tree! Save the bottles throughout the year or throw a massive bash to gather them all. Layer glass/cardboard rings between the rows for balance. Every man within your city will be driving by with envy!
15. Vintage Ladder Christmas Tree
Have some ladders in your home already? Use them for Christmas time, too! Spread boards along the rungs to form the tree outline. String lights along the wood, and decorate with the sytle of your choice. Why not display your Christmas village on your vintage ladder!
16. Tall Vintage Ladder Ornament Tree
Instead of laying boards along the ladder rungs, dangle ornaments from the rungs. Place a jumbo star on top, and your alternative tree is complete!
17. Spiralized Christmas Tree
Start with a large circle of metal. Cut a spiral along and bend until your spiral resembles a tree shape. Attach lights, ornaments, or festive bows, then hang from the ceiling. This would perfectly fill up an empty corner for the holiday season.
18. Burned Wood Christmas Tree
Gather your wood burning tools! This darkened tree makes a stunning statement piece. I adore how the flashy ornaments add seasonal flare without distracting from the artwork.
19. A-Frame Alternative Tree
Modern yet cabin-cozy. Design an a-frame alternative Christmas tree with hanging ornaments. This would look perfect on a front porch or on a mantle. Feel free to stand up your a-frame tree, or hang it on the wall!
20. Burplap Trees
Burlap (and golden beads) look like they were made to be on these mini tree! By why stick with a mini tree? Experiement with larger sizes and various items. Alternative with burlap and lace, for example, would add to your rustic Christmas look, while beads and pinecones would be traditional and natural.
21. Cactus Christmas Tree
What Christmas is complete without a cactus Christmas tree?
What are your favorite Alternative Christmas trees? Have you done one in your home that was a big hit? Or did you attend a holiday event with a memorable tree? Share your favorite ideas with us, and feel inspired to be bold and unconventional!