7 Original Alternatives to Christmas Trees

Not everyone is a fan of the Christmas tree. Some of us are allergic to them, others find them too difficult to put up, some live in a shared apartment without space, or have pets intent on attacking this foreign object every chance they get! This, of course, can lead to broken decorations and pine needles spread as far as the eye can see. Thankfully, there are a number of Christmas tree alternatives, in the shape of various tree-shaped festive offerings and unique ideas.

So if you’re looking for an alternative option to the Christmas tree this year, why not mix up your approach to Christmas decor with one of these clever concepts…

  1. Metal silhouette Christmas Tree

Searching for a minimalistic look? Look no further than a Scandi-style metal silhouette tree. This perfectly understated tree still packs a punch, especially when embellished with equally chic baubles. You can even add lights if you wish. This could be an alternative to a real Christmas tree or in addition to a pine tree – the choice is yours! You could have a go at making one yourself, or alternatively, there is a number available online to pick from that are available in silver, rose gold and gold versions.

  1. Christmas plants

The likes of Poinsettias and Red Azalea baskets are ideal alternatives to Christmas trees and both guarantee to add festive spirit to the household. A captivating profusion of bright blooms is not only a great Christmas tree substitute, it’s also a great gift to give, especially as many Christmas plants can arrive adorned with a festive red bow and in a stylish square basket. Asides from adding colour to the home, these Christmas flowers are extremely low maintenance. Their bold colours and attractive foliage make them an ideal option for a centrepiece, either to decorate the dining room table or to put on a mantelpiece. After Christmas, you can even plant them in the garden! If you care for them in the correct manner, these plants will continue to give colourful blooms year after year, promising an abundance of festive cheer.

  1. An LED tree

Another understated ornament comes in the shape of a white LED twig tree. This fun, cheerful and elegant tree is the perfect option for a minimalist, contemporary home. The warm LED lights will add a warm, cosy feeling to any room in the household. If you’re looking for something festive to sit on the porch, this tree will work just as well outdoors as it does inside. This is another you can attempt to make yourself by gathering a handful of twigs, tying them together and painting or spray painting them white.

  1. Stack crates in the shape of a tree

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, easy alternative to a Christmas tree, look no further than wooden crates stacked in the shape of a tree. Fill each crate, as you would a shelf, with an array of seasonal trinkets. This is a great boho décor idea and one that is guaranteed to turn visitor’s heads. For further embellishment, drape fairy lights over the crates and add a star to the top. You can even paint the boxes in different colours or add initials to them if you wish.

  1. Draw a tree on a wall

If you have a spare wall, painting it with blackboard paint first will add impact to this idea. This is a great project to tackle with the kids. All you need is some chalk! Draw the tree and add various decorations using different coloured chalks. You can even make this into a game and add a bauble on every day in the run-up to Christmas, while young ones will likely love the opportunity to be creative.

  1. Decorate ladders with baubles

This quirky Christmas tree alternative is a great idea for the kitsch household. Using a step ladder, open the ladders up to create a tree-like shape and decorate with baubles, tinsel, lights and whatever else you please. You can even pop an angel on the top for good measures. To ensure stability, especially if you have pets around, you may want to put your construction against a wall.

  1. Decorate a plant

Whether you invest in a new plant or decorate the one you already own, adding an array of lights, baubles and tinsels to an indoor or outdoor shrub (weather-permitting) will give it an instant festive spin. If the plant has a tall stalk or lengthy branches, wrapping the fairy lights the entire length will create an impressive effect. You can keep it as simple as you wish or go really over the top – simply swap silver and white decorations for hot-hued embellishments depending on the style you wish to achieve.

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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