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30+ Innovative Christmas Tree Ideas You Need to See to Believe

Dare to be different this year.

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Martha Roberts;Lily Glass

The most wonderful time of the year just isn’t complete without a Christmas tree. A well-appointed tree can, of course, turn any space into a magical, holiday oasis. But just because classic Christmas trees are always in style doesn’t mean you have to settle for a standard spruce or Douglas fir. In fact, many designers and home decor enthusiasts are breaking the status quo and reimagining the holiday staple. These Christmas tree alternatives might stray away from the norm, but they’re poised to add some personality to any space. Want to give your pine tree a rest? Check out these 31 innovative Christmas tree ideas. From deconstructed setups to tactile honeycombs, these options will offer plenty of holiday cheer.

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Rubyellen Bratcher
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Garland Christmas Tree

If you want to add a Christmas “tree” to your kids’ space, take a cue from Cakies’ Rubyellen Bratcher and recreate the iconic shape with a garland. This idea offers plenty of holiday cheer—minus the worry that your little ones will knock over a conventional tree.

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Living Bunch
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Succulent Christmas Tree

Want to embrace your green thumb without succumbing to the played-out pine tree? Add a succulent arrangement to your home. Australia-based company Living Bunch topped this succulent tree with a sparkling star to make it extra festive.

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Aww Sam
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Pom Pom Christmas Tree

Looking to flex your DIY muscle? Lifestyle blog Aww Sam enlisted plush pom poms to make a tree that’s equal parts stylish and soft.

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Katie Purcell
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Deconstructed Christmas Tree

Need a space-efficient way to bring the holiday spirit to your home? Faffing at Home’s Katie Purcell affixed all the elements of a traditional Christmas tree—ornaments, lights, and a star—to her wall.

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Cox & Cox
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Wintry Christmas Tree

Or, if you want to turn your living room into a winter wonderland, create an alternative Christmas tree with remnants from Mother Nature herself. Cox & Cox gave this deconstructed setup a woodsy edge with branches and berry-clad twigs.

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Martha Roberts
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Colorful Christmas Tree

Why settle for red and green when you can enjoy all the colors of the rainbow? Martha Roberts of The Colour File strayed from the norm by covering her plant in an array of vibrant hues. The result? A Christmas tree alternative that can make you smile all year long.

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Helle C Rye
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High-Contrast Christmas Tree

If you like the idea of a Christmas tree—but aren’t sold on the lush, ubiquitous styles—take a cue from Helle C Rye of A Nordic Moment. Between the scaled-back branches and high-contrast palette, this setup gives the festive tradition a minimalist twist.

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Lily Glass
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Honeycomb Christmas Tree

This year, add some texture to your Christmas decorations. Joy Cho of Oh Joy! used honeycombs of varying sizes, colors, and materials to usher in the holiday cheer.

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Jared Smith for Sugar & Cloth
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Miniature Christmas Trees

As this DIY project from Sugar & Cloth proves, the biggest decoration moments often come in the smallest packages. Here, blogger Ashley Rose transformed a bunch of clear cones into a colorful, miniature forest.

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Courtesy of Lia Griffith
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Kraft Paper Christmas Tree

This towering, six-foot-tall Lia Griffith–designed tree features cascading kraft paper strips and glistening string lights.

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Recycled Aluminum Tree

A scaly effect is achieved on this glistening metallic Christmas tree, which is made from aluminum scraps and features a green garland border.

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Courtesy of Lia Griffith
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Copper Tree

Lia Griffith relies on metallic hues for her alternative Christmas tree, which is crafted with copper piping and a hammered copper bucket as the base.

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Little Inspiration
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Ombré Tree

An ombré tree with coordinating ornaments is the only wow-factor you need this holiday season.

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Courtesy of Lia Griffith
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Macramé Tree

If you—like us—have been swooning over the macramé trend, this quirky shelved tree by Lia Griffith is worth trying.

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Gold Web Tree

A web of golden wires strung across geometric gold levels creates an abstract whimsicality for this gilded tree.

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Scandinavian Modernist Tree

If you’re trying to maintain your minimalist decor, a bushy fir can kill the vibe. This year, opt for sleek geometrics, like this three-layered, cone-shaped black and starry tree.

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Wall Decal Tree

Whether you live in a petite space, hate the hassle of a tree, or want a unique and quirky Christmas alternative, this “tree” is for you. The peel-and-stick wall decal from CVD Vinyl is the economic decoration perfect for all homes. As long as you have a wall, you’re good to go.

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Branched Metal Tree

This white metal tree works for basically all of your seasonal decor–but throw on some ornaments–’tis the season. It’s a simple space-saving look that is uniquely festive.

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Michael Johansson
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Merry Mirror

Against a floor mirror, Michael Johansson 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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Matte Black Tree Sculpture

While this tree is petite and simple, it totally radiates the spirit of the holidays. The matte black sculpture is draped with ornaments and topped off with a little garland to tie the look together.

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Michael Johansson
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Shelf-Made Christmas Tree

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

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A Pair & A Spare
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Peg Board Tree

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

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Courtesy of Emily Henderson
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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 Styled by Emily Henderson did here.

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Dans Le Lakehouse
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Scandinavian-Inspired Plywood Christmas Tree

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

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Brittni Mehlhoff
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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 Curbly, which has all the size of your favorite evergreen without any of the floor space.

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Almost Makes Perfect
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Hanging Christmas Tree

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

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Oh Happy Day
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Fabric Christmas Tree

Ikea’s VINTNER Christmas tree fabric is a fantastic substitute for a tree—even better if you dress it up! Oh Happy Day transformed hers into a treat-filled advent calendar.

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Free People
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Collage Christmas Tree

This DIY alternative tree from Free People 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
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Cardboard Christmas Tree

Madame Citron’s cardboard tree (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
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Whimsical Christmas Tree

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

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