30 Alternative Christmas Trees to Try This Year

Real evergreens and artificial trees aren't the only Christmas tree options available. Check out these alternative holiday trees that are far from the ordinary.

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November 05, 2018

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Traditional Upholstery

When it comes to Christmas trees, I say the more, the merrier. These custom trees add sophistication to any style of holiday decor, and they're super easy to store away.

How to Make an Upholstered Christmas Tree

Chalkboard Tree

Kids will love seeing their handmade ornaments and decorations used at Christmas. This colorful yarn garland is fun and simple to make for kids of all ages. String it across a flat, graphic chalkboard tree for extra wow factor.

Kids' Craft: Make a Pom-Pom Christmas Garland

Copper + Wood Tree

This adorable alternative is the perfect solution, taking up very little floor space and coming to the rescue year after year.

Copper + Wood: The Ultimate Faux Tree

Wooden Card Display

Showcase holiday cards and wrapped presents with this easy-to-make alternative version constructed from plywood.

See More Photos: Make an Alternative Christmas Tree That Displays Cards

Nailhead Trim

These nailhead trim trees are fun in the daytime but look breathtaking when silhouetted at night.

How to Make Rustic Nail-Head Christmas Trees

Terra-Cotta Tree

A stack of pots, rope and some ornaments make up this charming holiday decoration.

See More Photos: Terra Cotta Pot Christmas Tree How-To

Woodsy Welcome

This pinecone tree welcomes guests with woodsy holiday charm.

See More Photos: Turn Pine Cones Into a Tabletop Christmas Tree

Modern Wall Art

Bring the look and feel of a Christmas tree to your small space by creating a wall-mounted version using MDF trim and fabric.

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree Alternative

Statuesque Style

Add a touch of modernity to holiday decor with a minimalist backlit plywood Christmas tree that's perfect for indoor or outdoor use.

How to Make a Backlit Wooden Christmas Tree

Tabletop Trees

Space is often at a premium in standard-sized bedrooms, but you can still add a Christmas tree if you think small. Here, a tabletop tree sits bedside to double as a nightlight after dark.

Twinkling Twine

This fun Christmas tree is made with nothing but garden twine and white glue. Cover a styrofoam cone with plastic wrap to create a mold for your tree. Dip lengths of twine into white glue and wrap them around the cone, making sure the twine overlaps. Let the glue dry completely, then gently pull out the mold. Decorate your finished tree with red berries for a festive touch.

Pallet Wood Tree

This easy craft will add modern yet rustic charm to your holiday decor.

See More Photos: Make a Pallet Christmas Tree

Tomato Cage Twist

The simple structure of this tree gives it a modern, architectural feel maintaining its rustic charm.

See More Photos: Tomato Cage Christmas Tree Decor

Stacked Planks

Add farmhouse style to your front yard this holiday season with a rustic, wooden Christmas tree.

How to Make a Wooden Christmas Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Go big or small with this clever holiday tree. Its natural simplicity and festive glow ensure it works with almost any style of holiday decor.

How to Make a Hanging Birch Log Tree

Repurposed Books

An assortment of hardcover books is stacked in the shape of a miniature Christmas tree and decorated with old-fashioned string lights, as discovered in former Vice President Joe Biden's library during the holidays.

Rustic Wood

This rustic wood model is cute and quirky, like a modern Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Tiny Tinsel Tree

This vintage-inspired silver tinsel tree is perfect for any tabletop.

Yarn-Wrapped Trees

These little yarn trees are so simple to create; you'll have time to make a few for your home, plus plenty of handmade gifts for friends and family, too.

How to Make Yarn Christmas Trees

Stacked Corks

Put a holiday spin on wine corks with a tabletop tree structure. Secure corks directly to floral foam cones using a hot glue gun. You can keep this up all season long, too.

Garden Tool Tree

Instead of letting your garden tools gather dust this winter, use them for decoration. Hang your garden tools in the shape of a Christmas tree, and add ornaments and garlands for a festive touch.

Tree-Shaped Window Dowels

Put a new spin on your holiday window decorations with this smart, colorful wooden dowel project.

Make Christmas Tree-Shaped Window Dowels

Vintage Tree + Palette

Green, blue and gold decor add holiday sparkle to this cozy living room.

Felt Mini Trees

Cover foam topiary forms with layers of felt in a fun ombre pattern to create these colorful tabletop trees.

Ombre Tabletop Christmas Trees

Succulent Stunner

Who says evergreens should have all the fun? Carefully-arranged succulents look wild in the shape of a Christmas tree. And if you live in a temperate climate, this tree would be especially appropriate.

All Natural

Create a fun and modern tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with bright hues. Glue pebbles, acorns, pinecones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered, use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your tree.

Beachy Keen

Celebrate Christmas with some coastal flair, as featured in the home of comedy queen Lisa Lampanelli. This driftwood beauty is both creative and classy.

Bookshelf Beauty

How smart is this? Gather bright, monochromatic glassware and position in a bookshelf to resemble the outline of a Christmas tree. Add silvery orbs and bulbs to complete the look.

Coffee, Please

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect, then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop holiday tree.

Easy Ombre Coffee Filter Christmas Trees

By the Sea

Try a new twist on traditional holiday topiaries by covering cone-shaped foam forms with shells in assorted colors and sizes. Attach them with hot glue, starting at the bottom and working your way up.