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40+ Christmas Tree Alternatives You Should Try This Year

Who says a Christmas tree should only be an evergreen conifer tree? There are endless alternative Christmas trees that will put you to think. Try something different this year and make a DIY Christmas tree from unused and readily available items at home.

You can make use of paper, cardboard, scrap wood, wine bottles, wine cork, pine cones and several other items to make Christmas trees. Head below to check out the most inspiring Christmas tree alternatives you can try.

Ladder Christmas Tree

You probably have heard and seen ladder Christmas trees. They are perfect Christmas tree alternatives for people who like to decorate home in an eco-friendly and minimalist manner. Why not make one for yourself this year? It is a budget-friendly and easy DIY that’s going to attract everyone’s attention. Whether decorating with light strips or Christmas tree ornaments, there is plenty of scope to showcase your creativity with the ladder Christmas tree. See below some ideas for inspiration.

People are ditching real trees for ladder Christmas trees

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People are ditching real trees for ladder Christmas trees

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20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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People are ditching real trees for ladder Christmas trees

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People are ditching real trees for ladder Christmas trees

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People are ditching real trees for ladder Christmas trees

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Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

Old unused wood pieces and slats make great material to create a Christmas tree. Painting them in different hues will decide how cool they look. These wood Christmas trees can be big or small enough to be placed on a shelf or table. They are perfect to be used outside the house too.

Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

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Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

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Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

Add a purpose to your Christmas celebration by repurposing pallet wood that you’ve crammed up in your storeroom since an age. You can transform unused pallets into a unique Christmas tree that will look graceful on the front porch. Below are some ideas to draw inspiration from.

20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Upcycling Wood Branches and Twigs into Christmas tree

Have a no-waste holiday by upcycling wood branches and twigs into a Christmas tree. The appearance depends upon creativity. Choose the ornaments wisely to not overdo the decor.

Upcycling Wood Branches and Twigs into Christmas trees

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Upcycling Wood Branches and Twigs into Christmas trees

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Upcycling Wood Branches and Twigs into Christmas trees

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Wall-Hanging Christmas Tree made from Branches

For this DIY Christmas tree, collect some fallen tree branches in various sizes, and tie them up in the shape of a tree, where the largest branch will form the base. Hang it on a wall and decorate with Christmas balls and stars to render a mesmerizing look. This way you are making good use of tree branches, which otherwise would land in a fire pit or be stranded without any practical use. Take a look at some ideas below.

20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Twig Christmas tree

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PVC Pipe Christmas Tree

Have a look at these Christmas trees made from PVC pipes. They are a perfect idea for confined spaces or apartments, where space-saving decor is a must. PVC pipe Christmas tree adds a unique touch to the interior and doesn’t take much time or effort to make. You just need to cut PVC pipes into pieces, stick them together to form a tree pattern on a flat panel and decorate it with your favorite ornaments.

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Paper Christmas Tree

Paper Christmas trees are an easy craft idea. These trees are a cute addition to Christmas decoration and even kids can be involved in making them. A good way to make productive use of your family time.

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20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Tissue Paper Christmas Tree

Fold a paper to form a cone and glue it all over with pieces of tissue paper to make this wall-hanging tree. Decorate it with small beads and voila, you have a Christmas tree ready.

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Tissue Paper Christmas Tree

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Book Christmas Tree

Don’t let your collection of books bite the dust. You have a good option of using them as an elegant Christmas tree. It will be a bibliophile’s dream come true. You just need to stack the books so they look like a Christmas tree. Embellish the tree with desired Christmas tree decorations and its ready to be a conversation starter in the room.

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Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree

This is a simple Christmas centerpiece that can be prepared easily using cupcake wrappers. It is ideal to use different colors of cupcake liners. The base can also be prepared to give it a more elegant look. You can place the tree on a table or mount it on a wall.

 Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees A simple alternative Christmas tree centerpiece that can be prepared easily using cupcake wrappers. It is ideal to use different colors of cupcake liners. The base can also be prepared to give it a more elegant look. You can place them on a table or on a mount on a wall.

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 Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees A simple alternative Christmas tree centerpiece that can be prepared easily using cupcake wrappers. It is ideal to use different colors of cupcake liners. The base can also be prepared to give it a more elegant look. You can place them on a table or on a mount on a wall.

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 Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees A simple alternative Christmas tree centerpiece that can be prepared easily using cupcake wrappers. It is ideal to use different colors of cupcake liners. The base can also be prepared to give it a more elegant look. You can place them on a table or on a mount on a wall.

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 Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees A simple alternative Christmas tree centerpiece that can be prepared easily using cupcake wrappers. It is ideal to use different colors of cupcake liners. The base can also be prepared to give it a more elegant look. You can place them on a table or on a mount on a wall.

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Cardboard Christmas Tree

Do not throw away the cardboard boxes you’ve got with your newly bought refrigerator, washing machine or TV. Use them for your decoration by making a Christmas tree out of them. The DIY is easy, you can involve your little ones with you in the making. Draw some inspiration from the ideas below. Happy building!

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Cardboard Christmas tree

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Wine Cork Christmas Tree

You can make a whimsical tabletop Christmas tree using unused wine corks. Start with gluing up the corks in an upright position around a Styrofoam cone leaving small gaps between each cork for battery-powered lights. Decorate with a bow, star, or other small ornaments of your choice and your tree is ready.

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20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Hanging Christmas Tree

Weave together shiny Christmas tree ornaments of the same or different colors and suspend them using thin threads. Use green ornaments if you want to get a reflection of a natural tree. You can hang this unusual Christmas tree at any central location within the living room. See below some Christmas tree mobiles you’d love.

Hanging Christmas Tree Mobile

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Hanging Christmas Tree Mobile

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Hanging Christmas Tree Mobile

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20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Hanging Christmas Tree Mobile

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Glass Bottle Christmas Tree

Collect all empty unused glass bottles at home and give them a second life by turning them into a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree. You need to stack them up, one over the other, vertically or horizontally to form a tree-like structure. It can be decked with light strings and other ornaments.

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Glass bottle Christmas tree

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Balloon Christmas Tree

Take home green, white and red balloons from a craft store to create a balloon Christmas tree. Blow up the balloons and fix them in a tree-shape using glue or cello tape. This lightweight Christmas tree can be decorated using glitter and you can even draw on the balloons. See below how you can do that.

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Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree

Fabrice Peltier made this Christmas tree using a number of waste plastic bottles. It is a pretty good idea to reuse plastic bottles. It looks difficult at the onset but could be easy to build if you have patience and zeal.

20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Terracotta Pot Christmas Tree

You’ll need terracotta clay pots of different sizes for this DIY Christmas tree. Just paint them and stack one over the other to look like a tree. Decorate it with beads, gems, glitter, and a star tree topper. See some ideas for inspiration below.

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Yarn Christmas Tree

You can easily make a Christmas tree by wrapping yarn around a cone. The more colorful the yarn, the more exciting and inviting the tree will look.

Yarn Christmas Trees People are now decorating homes with a variety of Christmas trees. One simple idea is to make trees by wrapping yarn around a cone; however, you can find many other ways. It's quite easy making yarn Christmas trees.

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Yarn Christmas Trees People are now decorating homes with a variety of Christmas trees. One simple idea is to make trees by wrapping yarn around a cone; however, you can find many other ways. It's quite easy making yarn Christmas trees.

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Yarn Christmas Trees People are now decorating homes with a variety of Christmas trees. One simple idea is to make trees by wrapping yarn around a cone; however, you can find many other ways. It's quite easy making yarn Christmas trees.

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Yarn Christmas Trees People are now decorating homes with a variety of Christmas trees. One simple idea is to make trees by wrapping yarn around a cone; however, you can find many other ways. It's quite easy making yarn Christmas trees.

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Yarn Christmas Trees People are now decorating homes with a variety of Christmas trees. One simple idea is to make trees by wrapping yarn around a cone; however, you can find many other ways. It's quite easy making yarn Christmas trees.

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Crocheted Christmas Tree

If you are into crocheting, then it is the right time to make some cute crocheted Christmas trees, ornaments and decorations. Show off your skills by making a small or a life-sized Christmas tree. It would be a great addition to the home décor on Christmas.

Crocheted Christmas Trees If you are into crocheting, then it is right time to make some cute crocheted Christmas ornaments and decorations. Show off you skills by making a small or a life-sized Christmas tree. They would be great addition into home décor on Christmas.

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Crocheted Christmas Trees If you are into crocheting, then it is right time to make some cute crocheted Christmas ornaments and decorations. Show off you skills by making a small or a life-sized Christmas tree. They would be great addition into home décor on Christmas.

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Crocheted Christmas Trees If you are into crocheting, then it is right time to make some cute crocheted Christmas ornaments and decorations. Show off you skills by making a small or a life-sized Christmas tree. They would be great addition into home décor on Christmas.

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Crocheted Christmas Trees If you are into crocheting, then it is right time to make some cute crocheted Christmas ornaments and decorations. Show off you skills by making a small or a life-sized Christmas tree. They would be great addition into home décor on Christmas.

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Pom-Pom Christmas Tree

If you are looking for a trendy and easy-to-make Christmas tree, you can make one using pom-poms. Simply glue-up pom-poms on a cone or make a wall hanging Christmas tree with them. These colorful trees will add a vibrant touch to the décor.

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Twine Christmas Tree

Make a cone out of paper and glue twine all around it. Decorate it with buttons and other ornaments to finish the look. Scroll down for some inspirational ideas.

Twine Christmas Tree

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Twine Christmas Tree

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Fabric, Felt and Burlap Christmas Tree

You can add a festive décor to your home with Christmas trees made of fabric, felt and burlap. You will need to hang these trees on walls; however, you can also make freestanding Christmas trees, if you like. Add embellishments to trees according to your desire.

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Fabric, Felt and Burlap Alternative Christmas Trees

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Fabric, Felt and Burlap Alternative Christmas Trees

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Fabric, Felt and Burlap Alternative Christmas Trees

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Fabric, Felt and Burlap Alternative Christmas Trees

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Ribbon Christmas Tree

Ribbons are widely used to decorate homes in festive flair. You can also use ribbons to make Christmas trees. Take a paper cone and wrap it creatively with ribbons and you are done!

Ribbon Christmas Trees

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Cotton Christmas Tree

Dazzle your guests by crafting cute little cotton Christmas trees. They are a budget-friendly alternative Christmas trees.

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Button Christmas Tree

This mini button tree is a cool upcycled decoration. They can be placed on a mantel or can be turned into an adorable ornament.

Button Christmas Trees

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Button Christmas Trees

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Sequin Christmas Tree

Think about sequin crafting if you want to add some sparkling magic to your home. The color can be chosen according to personal desire.

Sequin Christmas Trees

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Seashell Christmas Tree

You can easily turn seashells into tabletop Christmas trees. The task is to glue up seashells on a cone. You can make a cone from paper mache or carve a piece of foam into a cone. These little pieces would look great on a shelf or table.

Seashell Christmas Trees

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Candy Christmas Tree

You can make candy Christmas tree topiaries as centerpieces for your home. You need to stick candies on a cone or pin them up along with wrappers. It is an easy and fun way to make some new holiday decorations without spending much.

Candy Christmas Trees

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Candy Christmas Trees

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Washi Tape Christmas Tree

If you are short on time and space, it is your best bet to make a wall Christmas tree using Washi tape. You can create a tree by drawing out floating triangles and simple strips on the wall using the tape.

20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Add an artistic touch to your home decoration this Christmas with a chalkboard Christmas tree. Use different colors to make it look attractive. A few suggestions are listed below.

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Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Help yourself count down days to Christmas by making a tree-shaped advent calendar. The DIY advent calendar will help you create amazing memories with kids.

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Wall Christmas Tree Made from Light Strings

You can make a space-saving Christmas tree on your wall using light strips, paper, and some other decorative embellishments. You can stick some light strip in the shape of a Christmas tree on the wall and add goodies to it – your light string Christmas tree is ready.

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Photo Frame Christmas Tree

Take out all your favorite photos and stick them around empty cardboard boxes, and arrange these boxes to form a Christmas tree. This tabletop Christmas tree will be the focal point of your celebrations as cherished memories will be displayed in a nostalgic timeline. One of our favorites for sure.

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Pineapple Christmas Tree

If you don’t have much time on you, you can make a simple and cute Christmas tree using a pineapple. It is not only a very budget-friendly idea but will also look attractive wherever you place it. Making it is super easy; all you have to do is, decorate a fresh pineapple with embellishments and festive lights. In the end, it boils down to your creativity – how innovative you can be with the lighting and decor. Below are some ideas for inspiration.

20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Natural Shrub Christmas Tree

This one is a really quick and easy Christmas tree idea. If you have potted plants at home, decorate them with shimmering light strings, decorative streamers, and shiny balls, and in no time, have a fun Christmas tree ready to make your guest go wow!

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Succulent Christmas Tree

If you’re lucky to have succulent plants in your garden, then make your decoration unique with a succulent Christmas tree. Whether you place them on a table, or on a shelf, these nature-inspired Christmas trees look beautiful. You can even make large ones but they will require a lot of time and space. Scroll down for ideas.

20+ Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas to Try in 2019

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Pine Cone Christmas Tree

If you don’t like vibrant colors around you but want something simple yet unique for Christmas; nothing better than staying natural. In simple words, you can use natural elements to decorate your home for the day. One cool idea is to make use of pine cones to form a dry DIY Christmas tree. It can be embellished with lights or decorative objects, if you may, else they look equally impressive all bland. If you doubt, see some ideas below and get inspired.

Pinecone Alternative Christmas Tree

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Pinecone Alternative Christmas Tree

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Pillow Christmas Tree

You can make a stylish Christmas tree by doing as little as stacking up some pillows. The color of pillow covers must be pretty and there you go.

Pillow Christmas Trees

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Pillow Christmas Trees

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Corner Shelf Christmas Tree

That corner shelf at home can be utilized as a Christmas tree. You will need to decorate it with greenery, glittery ornaments, and other props.

Corner Shelf Christmas Trees

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Corner Shelf Christmas Trees

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Mosaic Christmas Tree

The mosaic Christmas tree will be an attention-grabbing piece, a perfect item to add charm to the home decoration for Christmas.

Mosaic Christmas Trees

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Mosaic Christmas Trees

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Mosaic Christmas Trees

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Hazelnut Cane Christmas Tree

Weave up hazelnut vines into the shape of a tree for the outdoors of your home. You can add colorful ornaments to improve its grace.

Hazelnut Cane Christmas Tree

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Gifts Christmas Tree

This one is as fun as receiving gifts. Stack up the gifts you get in the shape of a tree, add a star topper and it can be your Christmas tree. A super simple idea, provided you receive a lot of gifts at Christmas.

Gifts Christmas Tree

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Egg Carton Christmas Tree

An egg carton is the last thing you associate with making a Christmas tree, yet here is a cool idea. Before you think of adding an egg carton into the landfill, cut it out and stack it up to for a Christmas tree alternative. Don’t forget to paint it green for the alure.

Egg Carton Christmas Tree

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Tin Can Christmas Tree

Tin cans are easy recyclables to transform into a Christmas tree. Just stack up a few cans of varying sizes, with largest in the base, color them and embellish with pom-poms and a star topper.

Tin Can Christmas Tree

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