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Rustic wood tree

Rustic wood tree
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This rustic tree is made from reclaimed wood for a one-of-a-kind design that can be used in the corner of the living room or on a tabletop, depending on how big you make it. And find some wood and grab a saw, hammer, and nails to create these primitive Christmas tree alternatives.

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Book trees

Book trees
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Is there a book lover in your home? This book tree works well in a small space decorated with a strand of mini Christmas lights.

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Craft project tree

Craft project tree
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Kids can help create alternative Christmas trees with simple craft supplies such as felt, ribbon and glue. And when finished, hang some of your favourite little ornaments from the “branches.”

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Reclaimed wood tree

Reclaimed wood tree
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Pinterest has lots of ideas for using reclaimed wood to build alternative Christmas trees. And once completed, add some paint or stain and wrap a strand of lights around the finished project.

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Decorated branch tree

Decorated branch tree
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Christmas decorating doesn’t get much easier than this. Go outside and find a branch (or you could purchase a plastic one from a craft store), place it in a vase or pot, or hang it from the ceiling or a chandelier and decorate it with your favourite ornaments. This would work great as a centrepiece or atop a living room table.

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Christmas tree art

Christmas tree art
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If you have a fireplace and no room for a traditional tree, try decorating the mantel with some DIY tree art. Use Washi tape to form a simple zigzag and decorate with ribbon or strips of fabric taped to the wall.

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Wine cork tree

Wine cork tree
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For the wine drinker, try using all those corks to create DIY alternative Christmas trees. And there are several ideas on Pinterest to provide inspiration.

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Ladder tree

Ladder tree
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An eye-catching ladder tree spotted on Pinterest may not save any space, but it is certainly a new take on a traditional Christmas tree. Try decorating with sparkly ornaments, some strands of lights and a star or angel on top.

Plywood tree

Plywood tree
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This tree is made from sheets of birch plywood with stars cut out for modern Christmas tree alternatives. Search for “plywood Christmas tree patterns” online for dozens of additional options—even ones celebrating the New Year, too. And a scroll saw works best for cutting the large pieces of plywood for a tree this size.

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Felt tree

Felt tree
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This felt tree is a great project to get kids started in DIY. And not only do these types of Christmas tree alternatives work great in small spaces, but they also work in a child’s bedroom.

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