Creative Christmas Trees to Use Every Year

From multipurpose decor to space-saving solutions, learn how to creatively master your very first Christmas tree no matter how big or small your space.

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November 08, 2017

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Cake Plate Tree

Create a Christmas tree that doubles as a tabletop centerpiece by stacking three cake plates then layering ornaments on top. Keep them in place with double-sided tape, and add an extra layer of sparkle with cascading ribbon.

Add a Backdrop

Want to illuminate your "tree"? Use nearby vertical space to drape LED lights to add sparkle to the ornaments.

Hanging Tree Alternative

If you're in a small apartment with no practical spot for a Christmas tree, then stick one on the wall. Once your hanging tree is in place above a table, place your gifts and accessories below.

Charming Ornaments

Personalize the hanging tree with ornaments that tell a story. This rustic, natural style is accentuated with woodland creature ornaments.

Sparkling Topper

Add an element of surprise to your hanging tree with a battery-operated tree topper. Not only does this keep things festive after dark, it can help hide any small nails or hangers.

Keep It Classic

When all else fails, know that a classic slim-line tree decked out in red, white and green will always stay in holiday fashion. Stick with a pre-lit tree that disassembles into three or four sections for quick and easy off-season storage.

Soft and Simple Garland

Textile-based garland is great for homes with active kids and pets since there's no breakable element involved. Another trick: The larger the garland, the less you'll need; stick with a garland that's visible from across the room to save time and money.

Statement Banner

Repurpose a holiday banner into a statement-making garland by hanging it roughly 2/3 up the tree. Keeping the banner between 50 and 60 inches in length will ensure it sits at eye level.

Kid-Friendly Decor

Consider tree toppers made of plastic, cardboard or lightweight wood veneer if your home has active kids or pets.

Throw Blanket Tree Skirt

Put your cozy throw blankets to good use as budget-saving tree skirts. Group two or three together and fold the edges into a rounded, circular shape.

Modern Black + White

For a contemporary home full of solid colors, clean lines and bright light, a Christmas tree decorated in a modern black and white aesthetic will fit in perfectly. The contrasting colors look great as solid ornaments, patterned ornaments and patterned ribbons. Simply purchase all solid black and all solid white ornaments. Add your own personality with a paint pen and some fun ribbon.

Sophisticated Upholstery

When it comes to Christmas trees, the more the merrier. These custom trees add sophistication to any style holiday decor and they're super easy to store, so go ahead and make several.

Charming Miniature

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.