13 Faux Christmas Trees for Small Spaces and Beyond

If you're looking for a fun alternative to the classic evergreen, consider this list an early Christmas present.

I love a good Christmas tree. I’m the kind of person that puts her Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving and leaves it up through New Year’s Day … and maybe a little longer. The smell, the color, the fond memories it evokes — a lush Christmas tree is definitely my idea of the perfect holiday accessory. Nothing beats it. 

Christmas Tree Card Display

Christmas Tree Card Display

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

But what do you do when you live in an apartment that doesn’t allow live trees? Or what if your space is simply too small? As a true Christmas tree lover, I’ve rounded up my favorite Christmas tree alternatives that are so adorable and unique, they may just be (dare I say it?) better than the real thing. Because everyone deserves a Christmas tree for the holidays.

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Kid's Craft-Colorful Pom-Pom Garland

Kid's Craft-Colorful Pom-Pom Garland

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

I always say I’m over chalkboard everything, but maybe I’m just kidding myself. This chalkboard Christmas tree with an adorable handmade pom-pom garland is simply too cute. The best part? It takes up virtually no space. Maybe a chalkboard wall is a worthy investment after all.

Ombre Felt Trees

Ombre Tabletop Trees

Ombre Tabletop Trees

You know those craft projects that once you start, you just want to keep making them for absolutely everyone you know? This is one of those projects. Stick with the ombre trend, or opt for your favorite colors with this easy felt DIY.

Upholstered Christmas Trees

DIY Upholstered Christmas Trees

DIY Upholstered Christmas Trees

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

If you like a very tailored, masculine look, these stylish trees are the ones for you. And with easy-to-follow instructions, you can create your own upholstered forest for the holidays.

Wooden Outdoor Trees

Outdoor Silhouette Christmas Trees Add Charm to Your Holiday Decor

Outdoor Silhouette Christmas Trees Add Charm to Your Holiday Decor

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Not allowed to have a live tree in your apartment or rental home? Show off your Christmas spirit with one (or more!) of these fun outdoor wooden trees with a festive nail-head trim. 

Wine Cork Christmas Tree

Cork Christmas Tree

Cork Christmas Tree

If you’re limited on space and happen to have a decent collection of wine corks, this cute tabletop tree is definitely the one for you! Simply attach the corks to a floral foam cone with hot glue. And if you decide to leave it up year round, we certainly wouldn’t blame you.

Christmas Card Tree

Christmas Tree Card Display

Christmas Tree Card Display

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Perfect for small-space dwellers, this quaint tree does double duty as a Christmas card holder, as well. Surround it with presents and hang the stockings with care for an everything-Christmas corner.

Blue Christmas

Blue Holiday Vignette

Blue Holiday Vignette

For an ultra-creative way to display your Christmas cheer, try grouping jars, vases and other knickknacks on a bookshelf in the shape of a tree. A few presents at the base should solidify the look.

Fabulous Feathered Tree

Glamorize Christmas with a Peacock-Feathered Holiday Tree

Glamorize Christmas with a Peacock-Feathered Holiday Tree

Mix in some traditional green with a dramatic jewel-toned tree. As seen in rocker Dee Snyder’s home, this magnificent peacock-feathered variety definitely makes a statement.

Garden Tool Tree

Garden Tool Christmas Tree

Garden Tool Christmas Tree

One of my favorite Christmas tree alternatives is this wall tree made from garden tools. And if it wasn’t cool enough, the garland and bulb ornaments really take it over the top.

Wooden Plank Christmas Tree

Outdoor Holiday Wooden Tree

Outdoor Holiday Wooden Tree

Great for outdoors and a cute option for inside as well, a lighted plank board Christmas tree is totally Pinterest-worthy. Your friends will be talking about this one for a while.

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

This tree utilizes one item most of us have at the ready — the ever useful coffee filter. This project is both cheap and easy, so go ahead and try one in every room.

Sheet Music Christmas Tree

Sheet Music Christmas Trees

Sheet Music Christmas Trees

For music- and shabby-chic-decor lovers alike, these mini music trees are a great alternative to the real thing. Just don’t cut up the Christmas carols — you’re going to need those come party time.

Modern Wall-Mounted Tree

Decorative Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree

Decorative Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

This modern marvel was created with a bit of fabric and MDF trim. And for those who crave sleek, modern lines, this tree definitely fits the bill. 

21 Alternative Christmas Trees to Try

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Chalkboard Tree

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Photo By: Marian Parsons

Wooden Card Display

Garden Tool Tree

Bookshelf Beauty

Modern and Wall-Mounted

Doily Christmas Trees

Plank You Very Much

Nailed It

Rustic Wood

Succulent Stunner

Beachy Keen

Pallet Cleanser

Of a Feather

Coffee, Please

Put a Cork in It

Making Music

Stunning and Statuesque

Smartly Repurposed

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Twinkling Twine

By the Sea

All Natural

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