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2017 Alternative Christmas Trees

12.04.2017

It’s that time of the year when I round up my favorite finds and ideas to create an alternative Christmas tree, without a tree. I found so many good ones this year that I couldn’t help but share an extensive collection for this post – so pardon me for the amount of ideas shared, but hey, in my book, the more options, the merrier.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

A suspended felt tree, now that’s clever! via Inside Out.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

No room, no problem with these adorable, minimalist hanging frames, via Homey Oh My.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Got a dark wall? Then string lights are your friends, via Ikea.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

A great example of chalkboard use, via Elle Decoration UK.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

That unmistakable shape, with old book pages, musical partitions, or anything your heart may fancy, via Inside Out.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

A  few real pine branches and small ornaments, and voilà! via Ikea.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

I love the rustic mood of this room and a bare tree with colorful ornaments is the perfect festive touch, via VT Wonen.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

This 3D kraft paper tree is so, so good, don’t you think? via Madame Citron.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

What a cute little tree, via VT Wonen.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Not the best idea if you leave with pets, but I love these little cookies arranged as a tree – and I’m sure you can recreate the same idea with cookie shaped ceramic or pottery ornaments – via One Kindesign.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Another simple idea if there is no room for a tree : a bare branch in a vase is used as an ornament display bouquet, via Søstrene Grene.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Colorful sticky dots to the rescue, another simple idea via Muebles Different.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Love this “puzzled” Instax printer tree, and the addition of string lights makes it extra magical, via Urban Outfitters blog.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Walls hooks and some twine to the rescue, via Brava Casa.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Get a canvas or a painter’s cloth, cut it to the desired size, go bold with black paint and you have yourself a cute wall decor tree, via Ideas Magazine.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

I already shared this one, but I think it’s worth adding to my favorite list : A tinted mirror plays elegantly with light and shades, via Elle Decoration UK.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Simplicity always pays off, via Tine K Home. At your next family walk, pick up a fallen branch and get creative!

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Having a Holiday party? How about a piñata tree, filled with holiday chocolate, mais oui! via Ideas Magazine.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

This alternative tree can be used as an avent calendar tree, or with ornaments, via Inside Out.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Cookie cutters, ornaments, any object can be displayed as a tree, via Make my Lemonade.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

I love this simple idea of a suspended ornament tree – who said that Christmas trees needed to be standing? via House of Valentina.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

The tutorial of this adorable DIY canvas tree can be found here, via Humade.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

A fringed tree! So disco, 80s era and also so so good, via Mon Cahier d’Images.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

House Doctor‘s version of an alternative tree : plywood, paint color and a jigsaw and voilà!

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

I love these dried herbs arranged as a tree, and can only imagine the wonderful smell, via Domino.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

If you have any chalkboard surface at home, use it and unleash your inner Picasso, via Marthebo.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

The keyword is again simplicity here and a bit of pizzazz with the golden touch, via Momtastic.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Fan of colorful trees? Then go for Martha Stewart‘s mobile tree version.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

This canvas printed scenery adds an instant charm, via Three Birds Renovations.

Alternative Xmas Trees 2017 | French By Design

Cutest little idea from Say Yes with recycled ornaments.

I hope this collection of alternative trees inspires you to be creative and have fun with your personalized holiday decor. Also, kudos to the creatives out there who share their DIY alternative trees online and make the world wide web more creative!

For those of you who can’t – just can’t, enjoy the holiday season without a real tree, hang in there, I have something for you coming this week… Wink. Xo, Si-

 

6 comments

  • Ardith

    I love this year’s collection, Si, especially the mobile version. Heck, they are all fun and stylish. Anything in particular catch your eye for your home? Thanks so much for sharing and taking the time to curate these wonderfully creative ideas. Cheers, Ardith

    • French By Design

      Not yet, @Ardith, the house is highly divided and the jury is still out; I’m inclined to get some pine branches and put them on a big vase to add some greenery and decorate here and there with wreaths. What about you?

      • Ardith

        I have to say that my mom was the queen of alternative Christmas trees, decor in general. She was so ahead of her time. Our early to teen years were spent with Danish Modern, for example. From thereon in my mom always changed things up, ahead of trends. I’ve done that as well.

        As of last year, we’re going with a simple rustic approach for Christmas. The tree we got just last year is faux, tall and narrow, with lots of free space between boughs. It’s also pre-lit. I only added some rustic tags.

        I basically decorated here and there with faux greenery, warm white string lights, and a few woodland santas. It feels festive yet calming.

        I can’t wait to hear what you and the jury decide about the “tree.”

  • Teresa

    Some lovely ideas and many are so easy to do! I don’t know how to add photos here but my tree last year was five branches (smallest at the top), held together with string and minimalist Christmas ornaments against a white wall. Fun to make, easy on the eye and the branches went into the fire on Epiphany. Seasons Greetings.

  • Velvet

    This is a great collection of alternative trees! It only confirms that when you have less to work with the more creative you get! By the way, those cookies lined up to make a tree may not be eatable. ;) Every two to three years I bake cookies from flour and salt (you can’t eat them) and then I paint them and turn them into Christmas ornaments for our tree!

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