Tired of the time consuming chore of decorating the traditional seven feet tall Douglas fir tree for Christmas? Or perhaps you’ve downsized into a smaller living space and just don’t have room for a traditional Christmas tree. There are several non-traditional Christmas tree options that will give the living space the look and feel of Christmas without the expense and work involved of decorating a traditional evergreen tree.
Branch Out With a Deciduous Tree Limb
My neighbor branched out of the traditional Christmas tree box last year by cutting a perfectly shaped branch off a deciduous tree and hanging Christmas decorations on the bare limbs. The tree branch can be cut (or use one that has fallen off) from any type of tree, the key is to find a tree branch that has sturdy limbs formed in the desired shape. Choose any size tree branch that will suit the living space. Anchor the base of the tree branch in a bucket of soil or gravel and hang Christmas decorations on the bare limbs. The bare tree limbs also make a great place to display incoming Christmas cards.
This non-traditional Christmas tree choice will become a focal point in the room and a quite a conversation starter. The deciduous tree branch can remain up all year and be decorated according to succeeding seasons, such as Valentine’s Day and Easter.
Non-Traditional Christmas Tree that Takes Up No Floor Space
A Christmas tree doesn’t have to be a ‘tree’ at all, but décor in the shape of a tree. Green or red tinsel Christmas garland can be attached to a wall in the shape of a tree and will not take up any floor space. The shape of the non-traditional Christmas tree can reach from floor to ceiling or can be created into a smaller scale size to fit over as side table placed against the wall.
Measure, mark and outline with erasable pencil the dimensions desired for the size and shape of the garland Christmas tree, then attach small Command hooks (won’t harm the wall) to the wall where each branch point will be located. Hang the garland, add a strand of twinkling Christmas lights if desired or hang Christmas cards from the garland to decorate.
Use Christmas Presents to Form a Non-Traditional Christmas Tree
Wrapped Christmas presents or empty boxes wrapped in brightly colored Christmas paper can be stacked into the shape of a Christmas tree. The non-traditional ‘boxed’ Christmas tree can be created as large or as small as desired. Use larger wrapped boxes to create a floor to ceiling Christmas tree or smaller, jewelry-sized boxes to create a boxed Christmas tree to sit on a mantel or table top.
Add a touch of decorative whimsy this Holiday season, with or without a traditional Christmas tree, by adding a non-traditional Christmas tree to the home’s décor.