48 alternative Christmas Tree ideas & tutorials: DIY decorations & crafts for kids & family using paper, pallets, pine cones, branches, etc!
These alternative DIY Christmas tree ideas are beautiful, creative, and great for all kinds of spaces from tiny to grand. Most of them can be made for almost free with re-purposed materials found in nature or around the house.
It is the most creative time of the year! For those want to enjoy the holiday to the f1ullest, why not have more than just one Christmas tree? ( Updated 10/ 2017 with 10 new favorite DIY Christmas trees! )
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Free and easy DIY tabletop Christmas tree ideas
Tabletop Christmas trees take up much less space than full size trees. You can make them for practically free! Easy DIY tabletop snow flocked Christmas tree tutorial here!
Pine Cone DIY Christmas trees
There are so many ways to make pine cone Christmas trees from big to small.
I really like the video tutorial below on how to stack pine cones from bottom to top to make this Christmas tree. ( Source: video below )
Pine cones are nature’s gifts to us every holiday season, so we can all get creative with our pine cone Christmas crafts!
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Pallet DIY Christmas Tree Ideas
Or just add paint and some ornaments to a pallet, no need to cut! (Source)
Pallet Christmas trees are great for outdoor decorations. Look at that twig star! (Source)
Farmhouse DIY pallet Christmas tree with ledge shelves to hold all the happy memories. (Source)
Before you start on a DIY pallet Christmas tree, please check out this detailed guide on how to find, select, and work with pallets!
DIY Ornament Christmas Tree Ideas
My friend Lorene at Remodelaholic made this knock-off Christmas ornament display tree with free building plans for you!
Another creative alternative Christmas ornament tree here: use an old window screen to attach the ornaments easily.
You can also use hot glue to attach the Christmas ornaments on wood or foam boards. ( Source )
You can often find old picture frames at thrift stores. Here‘s a great way to make a unique Christmas tree in a frame.
DIY Christmas Trees with Ribbons
Even scrap ribbons can be made into unconventional and beautiful DIY Christmas trees! Tutorial here.
Make large ornaments with balloons
Transform party balloons into large Christmas ornaments on a drift wood Xmas tree. Tutorial here.
Make alternative Christmas Tree using branches and twigs
Such a fun Christmas craft for kids and family. Tutorial here.
Use dry cleaners hangers to make a Christmas tree
Make a Christmas tree with dry cleaner’s wire hangers, it’s also an advent calendar. ( Source )
Wine Cork DIY Christmas Tree Ideas
Hanging Mobile DIY alternative Christmas Trees
Metallic foil ( or painted ) circles look like Christmas ornaments hanging on a tree. ( Source )
Paper DIY Christmas Trees
Another variation of DIY paper Christmas tree here.
You can also use colorful scrapbook paper, and old magazines to make DIY paper Christmas trees. ( Source )
Advent Calendar DIY Christmas Tree Ideas
This DIY advent calendar Christmas tree by Dear Lillie is so stylish and beautiful to the smallest details!
Wood Christmas trees are easy to make and great for farmhouse style decorations.
DIY advent calendar pallet Christmas tree tutorial here.
Festive white and red advent calendar Christmas tree here.
License plate Christmas tree for those who love to upcycle and repurpose.
No License plates? No problem. This tutorial includes printable plates for you to use!
Candy cane DIY Christmas tree ideas
A show-stopper Christmas tree made of candy canes! Tutorial here.
More alternative Christmas trees here you can make from books, paper, branches, etc!
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