Creative alternative ideas to a traditional Christmas tree
Many people look forward to decorating their homes for Christmas, using it as an opportunity to get into the festive spirit as the biting winds set in and the first dusting of snow turns everything white outside. A traditional Christmas tree becomes the centre point of many homes every December; however, there are many creative alternatives if you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary this year.
If space is at a premium in your home, a wall-mounted alternative tree will ensure you do not have to dodge branches on your way out the door. If you have a trendy chalkboard wall, you already have the perfect base for your alternative tree. If your wall is also magnetic, you could easily add a few decorations and some colourful tinsel with the help of a few inexpensive magnets to add some extra dimension.
Alternatively, a large-scale canvas with an image of a tree printed on it will make a statement without taking up any floor space. Choose an image of a decorated fir tree for a traditional aesthetic with a modern twist, or you could even experiment with your graphic design skills to create a more contemporary or artistic image.
If you don’t mind making a few holes in your wall, gather together a collection of your favourite Christmas ornaments and arrange them in a tree shape on the floor before transferring your arrangement to the wall. As they will be lightweight, some small nails will be all you will need to create an eclectic alternative tree. You don’t even have to use traditional decorations. If you are a keen gardener, for example, arranging some of your tools on the wall can be a fun way to showcase your favourite hobby during the festive season. Alternatively, you could simply attach a string of LED fairy lights arranged in the shape of a tree or a star for a twinkly minimalist festive look.
A few planks of plywood and some clothes pegs could be all you need to make a wall-mounted shabby chic tree that you can use to display some of the cards you receive. If you are particularly handy when it comes to DIY, cutting a piece of MDF into the shape of a tree could be a fun project. You could cover it in a cork board material to pin your cards onto, or cover it in a fabric that fits with your current interior aesthetic.
Table top trees
Arranging a selection of books in the shape of a Christmas tree is a popular sculptural alternative, and arranging them on a table will still allow you to place your gifts under the tree. Decorate with baubles and drape some LED lights around for the full effect.
Terrariums have soared in popularity over the last few years. If you are particularly green fingered, you could give this idea a festive twist by arranging some succulents in the shape of a tree. They would make wonderful alternative centrepieces for your coffee table and your dining table and perfect gifts for your loved ones.
Suspending baubles from your ceiling using different lengths of clear fishing wire is a simple idea that can give spectacular results. The arrangement will need some careful planning to get the shape right, but the end product is sure to be a conversation starter over the festive period.
Alternatively, helium-filled balloons with different length strings can have a similar effect, but in reverse. Choose white balloons for a chic and minimalist look, add touches of gold for a twinkly aesthetic, or go all out with a mixture of festive reds and greens.
Whether you opt for a traditional Christmas tree or choose to experiment with something a little more alternative, happy decorating!
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