A new look at Christmas Trees

Every festive season I challenge myself to come up with an original Christmas tree. I love the Christmas tradition and enjoy all the festivities that go with it, but I can’t seem to get my mind around the traditional tree thing: I won’t cut down a tree just to decorate it for a couple of weeks and the plastic variety is not really to my taste. For the last few years I have used an Agave but this year I want to do something REALLY different.

Here’s some inspiration from around the world.

new heights

Rethink what you already have around the house: if you can stack it or lift it up, you can decorate it! Finding Home & Bored Panda.

paper craft

Stick it up or roll and space – paper makes for beautifully simple trees! Via Project Fairytale.

simply lovely

Using clear glass baubals secured to a wall with double sided tape is a very simple way to create a tree. Or just string some bunting over a few floating shelves – so pretty! Via Tarnish & Tinsel & Project Fairytale.

branching out

Driftwood and tree branches are great alternatives to traditional trees. And who says you can’t suspend your tree from the ceiling? We say go for it! Via Home Klondike & Huntersnet.

card & twine

This amazing designer tree is probably the greenest tree on the market. Using less than energy, packaging materials and minimizing waste, it is said to be 80% more energy efficient than standard Christmas trees. It comes flat-packed and is then assembled like a 3D puzzle. LOVE IT! You can also just string up some twine and decorate with a few baubles and a star for your own environmentally friendly version – and it costs much less! Buro North & Lushome.

chalk it up

These lovely 2D versions cannot be easier: just draw them! Be sure to spray some hairspray or artists’ fixative over them once you’re done to prevent smears. Via A Blissful Dream.

gorgeous geo

Or why not paint one on the wall? This stunning geometrica pattern is a super fresh and modern take on a tree. And if you have lots of old packaging material lying around after your Christmas shopping, just fashion it into consecutive pyramids and ta-da! – an original tree that flat-packs for next year!  Designerpad & Make Do.

I’ll finish our alternative tree by the end of this week – come back to have a look!

Happy decorating!

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