Creative Alternatives to a Traditional Christmas Tree

It is not easy to make up your mind when it comes to the topic of Christmas tree. There are so many different possibilities, and even more opinions. This is just a topic on which everybody has an opinion. Tell somebody that you are planning to get a real tree, and there is a high chance they will have an opinion on your choice, and it may not be positive. But tell them you are getting an artificial, and you will probably get the same reaction. And they wouldn’t be wrong. Even though artificial and real Christmas trees have various benefits, they also have some disadvantages.

For example, in most cases growing a real tree will include the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that have a difficult relationship with our planet. The relationship that won’t ever be called beneficial. Luckily, some Christmas tree farms have decided to put an end to it and they raise their trees organically. And if you live in a climate where these trees do not grow, you will have another problem connected with real Christmas trees, the environmental impact that occurs from the shipping process. That tree will have to travel a lot of miles to get to you. Would it be worth it?

But, the problems with artificial trees are not smaller at all. There are some eco-friendly types of artificial Christmas trees, but the truth is that the most of them are made from harmful materials and they couldn’t be considered ecologically sound choice. Yes, they can be used several years in a row, but their ecological footprint isn’t any smaller because of that. Don’t even let me get started about what happens with them at the end of their lifespan.

Luckily, those two options are not the only ones. There are so many alternative and extremely creative options you should try this Christmas season. Let this list inspire you to make some changes.

Live tree. If you are determined to have the real tree in your home and if you live in a climate that allows it, you should choose a live tree. This is a potted tree you can replant after the holidays are over. If you have enough space, you can plant it in your garden, but even if you don’t there is a way. Your local park department will surely accept it if you don’t have enough land. Just check with them before you make a decision. Also make sure that it doesn’t stay indoors for too long because that can make it harder for a tree to survive outdoors.

Rent a tree. Did you know that you can rent a Christmas tree? There are companies that will deliver you a Christmas tree directly from their nursery and once the holidays are over they will pick it up and replant. This a great option if you want to have a live tree, but don’t want to generate waste.

Book tree. This is my favorite idea. If you have a large collection of books, use them during these Christmas holidays. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make a Christmas tree out of them. Last Christmas, I decided to use my favorite books to make a Christmas tree and it turned out amazing. If I managed to do it, so can you. But before you start, I have some advice for you. If you are a big bookworm, have someone with you who does not like the books as much as you do. While my husband and I were trying to make our tree, I was constantly taking books out of his hands because I might want to read them.

My book tree

A ladder. This is extremely creative and innovative idea. Most of us certainly never would have thought that the usual items like ladders can become a Christmas tree, but they can. Decorate it with the ornaments and some satin ribbons and soon you will have the most beautiful ladder tree.

Wall sticker. If you are limited by space, this is a great choice. We have changed the apartments and we don’t have a lot of space in this one, so this will be our choice this year. There are so many different choices out there that everybody can find something amazing just for them. Just go to the Amazon website, and take your pick. You can even create tree decal by yourself. You will just need to get a self-adhesive sticker paper and cookie cutters. Cut out the different shapes and make a tree. It won’t look like a typical tree, but it will look amazing.

Frame gallery. We all have frames and pictures hanging around our home, why wouldn’t you use them? Create the tree shape with them, and you will get a unique tree full of memories. You can even add some decorations to get more festive touch.

Floating tree. If you don’t know what the floating tree is, you got to find out. It is a tree made from Christmas ornaments that are hanging from the ceiling in the shape of the tree. This is one of the most amazing and beautiful ideas I have ever seen. It will take a little effort and time to make, but it will be well worth it. This would definitely be my top choice if I had seen it earlier. Looking forward to the next year. It is too good for words so check out this page to discover how to make it and to look at the amazing pictures:  http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/12/21/christmas-tree-ornament-mobile-how-to/.

Lights tree. Also a great idea for an apartment that doesn’t have a lot of space. And it is also one of the easiest ideas. Simply position the Christmas lights in the shape of a tree on your wall and tape them. Could it be easier than that?

No matter what your taste is, you will definitely find something for you on this long list of alternative and inspiring Christmas trees.  Use the list as the inspiration and let your imagination to find a perfect one for you.

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