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40 Best Alternative Christmas Trees for a Unique Twist on Tradition

These are so creative. 🎄

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When it comes to Christmas decorations, you really can't go wrong with a tried-and-true, classic Christmas tree. Ree Drummond is partial to choosing a real Christmas tree that's guaranteed to smell amazing, and she's always in awe of the trees displayed at The Merc. While there's something to be said about sticking to Christmas traditions, there are times when an alternative Christmas tree feels just right. Whether you want to embrace a more modern twist on holiday décor or if you're woefully short on space, the best alternative Christmas trees often fit the bill.

Maybe you have a pet or little one who would knock down ornaments (or even try to climb the tree!)—in this case, a Christmas tree displayed on the wall will solve all your problems. If you live in a small place, a teeny-tiny tabletop Christmas tree will offer festive flair without taking up too much space. Folks who favor the unexpected will love an alternative Christmas tree made up of dowels or branches. No matter if you're totally shirking tradition or just adding to your usual display of Christmas decorations, these alternative Christmas tree ideas will add plenty of holiday cheer to your space—and might make you think twice about evergreens.

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Living After Midnite
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Dress Form Christmas Tree

Okay, this is too perfect—particularly for anyone out there who loves fashion! Now, if only you could figure out a way to mimic this exact "outfit" in real life...

Get the tutorial at Living After Midnite.


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Tart Tin Christmas Tree

This tabletop tree would be perfect for a dessert table centerpiece—after all, it's perfectly on-theme! Made from a collection of vintage tart pans, it's a visual ode to all things sweet.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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Yarn Christmas Tree

If color's what you're after, this tree is an excellent option. It's made of little more than yarn!

Get the tutorial at Jungalow.

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Almost Makes Perfect
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Minimalist Christmas Tree

Sometimes, simple is best. This wall-bound Christmas tree is stunning proof of that.

Get the tutorial at Almost Makes Perfect.

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DIY Candy
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Washi Tape Christmas Tree

You already use washi tape for so many of your favorite crafts. Now, use it create a lovely alternative tree, which can be used to display Christmas cards from friends and family.

Get the tutorial at DIY Candy.


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Haneen's Haven
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Green Book Christmas Tree

Bookworms, you're going to love this one! Here, a selection of books with green spines together form a delightfully bookish alternative tree.

Get the tutorial at Haneen's Haven.

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Pretty Providence
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Fringe Christmas Tree

Whether you place them along your table runner or display them in larger sizes around your home, these festive trees will be such a fun addition to your existing Christmas décor.

Get the tutorial at Pretty Providence.

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Paper & Stitch
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Blue Christmas Tree

Tack up Christmas cards, to-do lists, and more on these "trees," which are really just triangle-shaped boards! You can customize them to be any color you like.

Get the tutorial at Paper & Stitch.

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Sugar & Cloth
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Balloon Christmas Tree

How fabulous is that? This whimsical tree is made entirely out of pastel-colored balloons.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

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Lia Griffith
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Kraft Paper Christmas Tree

Who would've thought that kraft paper would make for such a funky tree? This swirly-twirly decoration is both minimalistic and dazzlingly fun.

Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.


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Plywood Christmas Tree

Rendered in simple plywood, this cute alternative Christmas tree can be hung on the wall and makes for an ideal spot to display holiday cards.

Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.


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Canvas Christmas Tree

For a no-sew take on a Christmas tree, try this canvas version, dotted with red and green buttons and tiny ornaments.

Get the tutorial at Sustain My Craft Habit.

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Scandinavian Wall Christmas Tree

For an alternative Christmas tree with a Scandinavian look that hangs right on the wall, make this one with branches, greenery, and dried orange garland. It even doubles as an advent calendar!

Get the tutorial at Twelve on Main.

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Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree

As it turns out, wooden dowels are perfect for crafting an alternative Christmas tree. This one will make an adorable addition to any tabletop!

Get the tutorial at Life on Summerhill.

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Metallic Ornament Christmas Tree

Photo ledges and a bevy of golden Christmas decorations, including ornaments, stars, snowflakes, and even metal trains, make up this dazzling alternative Christmas tree.

Get the tutorial at The Twinkle Diaries.


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The Pioneer Woman
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White Birch Christmas Tree

If a traditional green tree just isn’t your thing, consider this minimalist white birch version, decked out in twinkle lights for a bit of magic.

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Felt Christmas Tree

For an alternative Christmas tree that you can keep around your little ones, craft this one out of felt. They can even Velcro the ornaments on themselves!

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Wood Advent Tree

This alternative tree is sure to add rustic ambiance to any space, and you can hang little bags from it to create an extra-large advent calendar.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

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Tabletop Christmas Tree

Looking for a tabletop Christmas tree that won’t take up any room in your small home? You’ll use bay leaves to craft this one, and with its wintry look, you may want to leave it up all season long.

Get the tutorial at A Piece of Rainbow.

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Space-Saving Christmas Tree

This tree won't take up any space at all! Looking adorable against the wall, you also won’t have to worry that your pet will knock it over.

Get the tutorial at Lily Ardor.


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Milagro Christmas Tree

"Milagro" is a Spanish word that translates to "miracles." This tree is decked out in these delightful charms, for a look that feels vintage and unexpected.

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Marbled Christmas Tree

For a more modern version of a Christmas tree, make this one using plywood and marbled contact paper. The ledges offer spots for you to display décor as well.

Get the tutorial at Shabbyfufu.

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Modern Wood Christmas Tree

To achieve a contemporary, minimal feel for your Christmas decorations, make this handmade wood tree the focal point.

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Disco Ball Christmas Tree

It’s time to party! Christmas is the season for festive fun, so it makes sense to craft this sparkling disco ball tree for the occasion.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Wall Hanging Christmas Tree

With simple greenery that hangs on the wall, this Christmas tree is Instagram-ready and won’t take up any floor space.


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Salvaged Christmas Tree

Let's hit the salvage yard! Displaying reclaimed wood in a bright-green hue and accompanying knobs and handles in all shapes and sizes, this tree is perfect for flea market enthusiasts.

Get the tutorial at Pillar Box Blue.

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Magnetic Chalk Board Christmas Tree

Here’s an alternative tree you can draw yourself! This magnetic chalkboard Christmas tree makes it oh-so-easy to hang up magnetic ornaments wherever you please.

Get the tutorial at Lily Ardor.

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Scratch-Off Advent Christmas Tree

For a fun, little surprise every day, look no further than this DIY scratch-off advent tree, which makes for a totally unique alternative Christmas tree.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

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Driftwood Christmas Tree

If you live near the seashore (or wish that you did), this driftwood Christmas tree will give you all the beachy vibes—even if the weather outside is frightful.


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Honeycomb Christmas Tree

Whether you're decorating for a Christmas party or want to keep the festive feel going long after the holidays, make this wall tree using colorful honeycomb decorations.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.


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