17 Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas For A One-Of-A-Kind Holiday

For the anti-pine.

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Forget a real tree and a sad excuse for a fake one, and go off the holiday grid with an alternative Christmas tree. A unique rendition of the classic Douglas fir will bring your holiday decor into the modern day. These 17 alternatives keep up the holiday spirit and eliminate the mess.

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Michael Johansson
Shelf-Made Christmas Tree

Use existing shelf space to create your alternative Christmas tree. Gathering green items in a tree-like formation, like did here, is not only compact, but festive. Pro tip: don't forget the topper!

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A Pair & A Spare
Peg Board Tree

For an easy DIY, try this alternative from Geneva Vanderzeil of . She used screws, plywood, sting and lights to create a glowing Christmas tree you can still gather around.

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Courtesy of Emily Henderson
Photo Tree

Personalize your alternative Christmas tree with family photos. This works as a tabletop design or as a full-size tree. You can still dress it up with ornaments and tinsel if you like, just as Emily Henderson of did here.

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Dans Le Lakehouse
Scandanavian Inspired Plywood Christmas Tree

Make a tree that is uniquely yours. This tree is a sketch on plywood by Tanya of . Even if your artistic skills aren't quite there yet, this alternative Christmas tree will be a project you remember.

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Wooden Frame

Of course, has some holiday hacks to try this season. This minimalist frame, used from parts of their designs, is simple and chic, but you can still dress it up with lights and ornaments as you see fit.

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Michael Johansson
Merry Mirror

Against a floor mirror, stacks green books, binders and drawers, and creates a reflection effect for the full tree. This is an alternative Christmas tree that can be fun and functional.

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Full Time Fiesta
Fiberboard Tree

's pale-blue fiberboard tree can be used year after year and provides plenty of space to hang your favorite ornaments—even a tree topper, if you'd like.

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Wooden Gift Showcase

This simple tree from (in Finnish) stands up on its own and makes a perfect place to show off your beautifully-wrapped gifts before the big day.

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Brittni Mehlhoff
Tissue Paper Christmas Tree

If space is really tight but you're not willing to sacrifice a full-scale tree, we love this tissue paper project from , which has all the size of your favorite evergreen without any of the floor space.

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Almost Makes Perfect
Hanging Christmas Tree

This makeshift Christmas tree from is unobtrusive—and easy to DIY. It may be simple, but it makes a big (and super chic!) statement.

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Not Martha
Floating Christmas Tree

If you're tired of sweeping up spilled needles, follow the directions at to create this ornament mobile — which is, she promises, "easier than it looks."

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Oh Happy Day
Fabric Christmas Tree

IKEA's Christmas tree fabric is fantastic substitute for a tree — even better if you dress it up! transformed hers into a treat-filled Advent calender.

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A Legg Up
Chalkboard Tree

It takes no time at all to transform your trendy chalkboard wall into a tree—just start sketching (and don't forget to add the string lights). Need inspiration? We love this stunning tree from .

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Free People
Collage Christmas Tree

This DIY alternative tree from brings together all sorts of plants, drawings, and souvenirs to make a tree that is really an impression of a tree (not to mention an artsy solution for small spaces).

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Madame Citron
Cardboard Christmas Tree

Madame Citron's (in French) is cute and classy at the same time. Like the look? She's provided templates for cutting so you can make your own.

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Véronique Oso­rio
Whimsical Christmas Tree

This tree from interprets the idea of a "Christmas tree" rather loosely, but we love this modern, whimsical (and customizable) DIY creation.

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Sugar And Cloth
Cactus Christmas Tree

If evergreen pines are just not your thing, maybe try this southern-inspired cactus tree from . She (smartly) used a fake cactus, but the bravest among you can certainly elect for real. Either way, it brings a whole new twist on the Christmas spirit.

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