While not all of us are privileged enough to have big spaces or dining lounges that can fit a 6 foot Christmas tree to keep the holiday spirit alive, we all have access to internet and surfing EntertainmentSA for other alternatives.
Holiday decorating can be daunting as Christmas trees and decorations seem to get bigger and bigger every year. And let’s be honest: Who doesn’t dream of a fluffy, oversized fir? Spaces large enough to fit an oversized Christmas tree are pretty hard to come by, as the holiday movie classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation makes all too clear.
So what’s a Christmas tree–loving home decorator to do? Find an alternative Christmas tree, of course. Knowing can still come in handy, even if a isn’t involved. With a little know-how (and these smart alternative Christmas tree ideas), you can bring the look and feel of a Christmas tree home to a very small space.
These Christmas tree ideas help spread holiday cheer while fitting into your home and lifestyle—and may even impress your guests while you’re at it.
From a wall-hanging Christmas tree made out of washi tape to a chalkboard tree your kids can help draw themselves, these alternative Christmas tree ideas take up minimal space while delivering maximum holiday cheer. Try one of these ideas in place of the traditional tree in the living room or add one in the kitchen or the kids’ playroom for a festive touch. These small-space designs prove you don’t need a lot of square footage to make your space feel merry and bright all season long.
1 of 10 A Garland-Wrapped Ladder
For a minimalist Christmas tree with a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic, lean a wooden ladder against the wall, then adorn it with a faux pine garland and beautiful velvet stockings. If you miss the scent of real pine, mix a few sprigs of the real stuff into the garland to fill the room with the familiar aroma.
2 of 10 Tree Print
Take a photo of a tree and turn it into a large-scale print at your local office-printing store (like Kinko’s or Staples). Attach it to a long wooden dowel and hang it like a tapestry with string. You can either leave the print as is, or add ornaments to a string and tape them to the tree.
Photo and idea from Almost Makes Perfect.
3 of 10 The Mini Tree
Even if you don’t have room for a traditional Christmas tree, you can still get the same look on a smaller scale. Instead of the 7-foot fir tree, opt for a 3- or 4-foot-tall one, and use a decorative metal planter in place of the typical tree stand and skirt. Then, keep the ornaments minimal so you won’t overwhelm the branches.
4 of 10 Pineapple Christmas Tree
For countertop or table holiday displays, the humble pineapple can make a big splash with a little spray paint magic. Spray a fresh pineapple festive colors, or go silver and gold for a more sophisticated look. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can even hang tiny ornaments from the leaves or tie a ribbon around the base. The painted pineapples will last four to five days, so save this alternative Christmas tree for just before the holiday.
5 of 10 A Chalkboard Tree
If you’re ready to make a bigger commitment, designate a wall (or part of one) as your chalkboard wall. Coat it with chalkboard paint, let dry, and change up the decorations and drawings according to the season. Here, a hand-drawn fireplace and tree create a whimsical vignette. Then Christmas lights, a stocking, and leaves in the “frame” can add a 3-D effect. The whole scene is completed with a cozy lounge area in front of the wall.
Photo and idea from Mr. Kate.
6 of 10 Crepe Paper
For a trendy fringe effect, try adding strips of crepe paper in tiers. Fringe each strip with scissors and layer one on top of the other—you can play around with different color combinations, too. Tape paper stars and a tree topper to finish the modern take on a Christmas tree.
Photo and idea from Clouds of Colour.
7 of 10 Felt Christmas Tree
This one’s for the kids: Create (or buy) a felt Christmas tree cutout, then use Velcro and felt ornaments to let your kids play and “decorate.” (And hey—it may keep them away from fussing with the ornaments on a bigger Christmas tree, too.)
8 of 10 Modern Greenery Tree
If your house is too small for a tree, you can still get that fresh pine fragrance without relying on a scented candle . Take an extra-long wooden dowel and cut it into graduated sizes to create a triangle “tree” shape. Glue fresh evergreen branches or rosemary to the dowels. Once they’re dry, attach the wooden pieces to the wall with painter’s tape.
Photo and idea from Almost Makes Perfect.
9 of 10 Branches Tree
This idea brings in the feeling of a real Christmas tree, but without the added bulk of a large fir. Various-sized branches are strung together with rope and ornaments are hung from the branches. The whole “tree” is topped with a rustic-inspired star.
10 of 10 The Washi-Tape Tree
This washi tape DIY is a no-fail, last minute project. Create a tree design on a blank wall with patterned washi tape and attach strings of ornaments on the “tree” with clear tape. Customize it to your décor style by choosing different colored tape and adding other ornaments or details.
Photo and idea Homey Oh My.
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