48 Amazing Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

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

Free and easy DIY tabletop Christmas tree ideas
Easy DIY tabletop snow flocked Christmas tree tutorial.

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. 

Pine Cone DIY Christmas tree

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!

 pine cone Christmas tree crafts
Check out 40+ best pine cone crafts including this DIY pine cone xmas tree here!

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Pallet DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Pallet DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Add some twinkling LED fairy lights in the shape of a lovely Christmas tree to a pallet, tutorial here on Crafts a la Mode. ( Source )

painted tree and some ornaments on a pallet

Or just add paint and some ornaments to a pallet, no need to cut! (Source)

Pallet Christmas trees for outdoor decorations.

Pallet Christmas trees are great for outdoor decorations. Look at that twig star! (Source)

Farmhouse DIY pallet Christmas tree with ledge shelves

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!

How to find, select, and work with pallets
How to find, select, and work with pallets!

DIY Ornament Christmas Tree Ideas

DIY Ornament Christmas Tree: an ornament display tree

My friend Lorene at Remodelaholic made this knock-off Christmas ornament display tree with free building plans for you!

hanging Christmas ornament tree on a door

Another creative alternative Christmas ornament tree here: use an old window screen to attach the ornaments easily.

Christmas ornament tree

You can also use hot glue to attach the Christmas ornaments on wood or foam boards. ( Source )

make a unique ornament Christmas tree in a frame

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

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

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

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

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

Wine Cork DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Wine corks are great materials to make Christmas tree crafts! Tutorial here and here.

DIY  Wine Cork Christmas Trees

Hanging Mobile DIY alternative Christmas Trees

Hanging Mobile DIY alternative Christmas Tree

Metallic foil ( or painted ) circles look like Christmas ornaments hanging on a tree. ( Source )

Jumbo Popsicle sticks and a kitchen cooling rack becomes an unique hanging Christmas tree

 Jumbo Popsicle sticks and a kitchen cooling rack becomes an unique hanging Christmas tree. (Source )

Paper DIY Christmas Trees

Paper DIY Christmas Trees
Here’s a tutorial on how to make farmhouse mini Christmas trees from paper.
DIY paper Christmas tree with book pages

Another variation of DIY paper Christmas tree here.

use colorful scrapbook paper, and old magazines to make DIY paper Christmas trees

You can also use colorful scrapbook paper, and old magazines to make DIY paper Christmas trees. ( Source )

Advent Calendar DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Advent Calendar DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

This DIY advent calendar Christmas tree by Dear Lillie is so stylish and beautiful to the smallest details!

farmhouse advent calendar wood Christmas tree

Although the advent calendar Christmas tree above ( from Pottery Barn ) is no longer available, the tutorial below has all the info you need to DIY!

advent calendar Christmas tree with small hanging buckets

Wood Christmas trees are easy to make and great for farmhouse style decorations.

DIY advent calendar pallet Christmas tree

DIY advent calendar pallet Christmas tree tutorial here.

red and white advent calendar pallet Christmas tree

Festive white and red advent calendar Christmas tree here.

License plate Christmas tree for those who love to upcycle and repurpose.

Make an uniquely gorgeous Christmas Tree from up-cycled license plates

No License plates? No problem. This tutorial includes printable plates for you to use!

Candy cane DIY Christmas tree ideas

Candy cane DIY Christmas tree

A show-stopper Christmas tree made of candy canes! Tutorial here.

 pinata paper Christmas tree

These fringe scissors will make this gorgeous pinata Christmas tree easy to DIY.

More alternative Christmas trees here you can make from books, paper, branches, etc!

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More  alternative Christmas trees here you can make!

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16 Comments

  1. re: PVC Xmas tree-
    I plan on making this tree using Kraft paper cores that my print shop saves for me. I love Kraft color especially against the colors of Christmas and think it will look great. Thanks for giving me the idea.

  2. Oh my gosh I love all of these ideas! Christmas is my favorite time of year and we are always looking for new decorating ideas! I am definitely saving some of these to try in our house this year!!!

  3. Oh my! These are adorable!!! I definitely want to create one of these Christmas tree’s since I don’t have room in my place for a real one! Great ideas!

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