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12 Cool Traditional Christmas Tree Alternatives

Maybe you're allergic to evergreen trees or perhaps you just don't have room for a traditional Christmas tree in your home. Don't worry— there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays without the sap, falling needles and all that mess. Here are 12 cool traditional Christmas tree alternatives.

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Rustic Wood Tree

This rustic tree is made from reclaimed wood for a one-of-a-kind design that can be used in the corner of the living room or on a tabletop, depending on how big you make it. And find some wood and grab a saw, hammer and nails to create these primitive Christmas tree alternatives.

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Christmas Tree Alternatives: Book Tree

Is there a book lover in your home? This book tree works well in a small space decorated with a strand of mini Christmas lights.

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Craft Project Tree

Kids can help create these alternative Christmas trees with simple craft supplies such as sticks, pipe cleaners and glue. And when finished, hang some of your favorite little ornaments from the “branches.”

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Reclaimed Wood Tree

Pinterest has lots of ideas for using reclaimed wood to build alternative Christmas trees. And once completed, add some paint or stain and wrap a strand of lights around the finished project.

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Decorated Branch Tree

Christmas decorating doesn’t get much easier than this. Go outside and find a branch (or you could purchase a plastic one from a craft store), place it in a vase or pot, or hang it from the ceiling or a chandelier and decorate it with your favorite ornaments. This would work great as a centerpiece or atop a living room table.

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Christmas Tree Art

If you have a fireplace and no room for a traditional tree, try decorating the mantel with some DIY tree art. Find a piece of reclaimed wood or even canvas for a backdrop, use wire to form a tree shape or simple zigzag and decorate with ribbon or strips of fabric tied to the wire. This ombre effect is on trend!

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Wine Cork Tree

For the wine drinker, try using all those corks to create DIY alternative Christmas trees. And there are several ideas on Pinterest to provide inspiration.

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Ladder Tree

An eye-catching ladder tree spotted on Pinterest may not save any space, but it is certainly a new take on a traditional Christmas tree. Try decorating with sparkly ornaments, some strands of lights and a star or angel on top.

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Plywood Tree

This tree is made from sheets of birch plywood with stars cut out for modern Christmas tree alternatives. Search for “plywood Christmas tree patterns” online for dozens of additional options. And a scroll saw works best for cutting the large pieces of plywood for a tree this size.

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Felt Tree

This felt tree is a great project to get kids started in DIY. And not only do these types of Christmas tree alternatives work great in small spaces, they also work in a child’s bedroom.

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Chalkboard Tree

If you have a chalkboard painted wall, why not draw a tree on it during the holiday season? You can also use a small chalkboard to draw a Christmas tree and hang it in the living room.

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Pebble Tree

This tree uses items found at the beach for a unique take on Christmas tree alternatives. So get your hot glue gun out and try using pebbles, star fish, driftwood, pine cones and other beach finds to recreate this look.

Rachel Brougham
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