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Interesting and Unusual Christmas Trees

Updated on November 5, 2011

Alternative Christmas Trees

There are many reasons why you might want to skip a traditional Christmas tree and look for alternatives. Maybe you've just moved into a smaller place and there's no room for a tree. Maybe you don't like the idea of cutting down a tree for a decoration; or perhaps you hate the plastic-smell of an artificial tree.

Whatever your reason for not having a Christmas tree, I am here to offer you alternatives--ideas outside the box that allow you to still display your ornaments, but in a new and fun way.

This is a brainstorming exercise for me, and at the very least, I hope to encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Even if you don't use one of my ideas, amaze, amuse or perplex your friends with your personal and unique spin on decorating for Christmas!

Thanks to Carol Esther for the top photo.

A Bottle Tree--An Awesome Alternative - Look at the way the glass sparkles in the light!

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Friends, here is an alternative Christmas tree that is a thing of beauty and a joy to behold! I give you....the Grolsch bottle tree. I've seen this done in several ways. "Tiers" of bottles stacked like a wedding cake (pictured) is a good option. Make sure you use a glue gun to fasten the bottles securely to their bases. Admittedly, this is a very large Grolsch tree. If you have a small space, consider a 3-tiered table-top model.

Another option is to arrange the bottles as if they were branches. This kind will probably take up more space, so make the one that works for you.

Some things to consider: you can use any kind of bottle you'd like. How about those cute little Coke bottles. Coke has already ingeniously associated itself with Christmas, so that would be an appropriate look.

And the Holiday Spotlight Hits.... - ....The Leg Lamp

An enduring symbol of Christmas reaching brought to light in the 1980s' classic, A Christmas Story, the Leg Lamp shines its beacon of good cheer and holiday whimsy on us all. Who could forget the thrill of the "Major Award." If you're going to decorate this alternative Christmas tree, take care. Remember, it's "Frah-jee-lay."

The Minimalist's Alternative Tree - The Festivus Pole

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Yes, that timeless classic, brought to our attention by the geniuses at Seinfeld. Well up as you participate in the emotional "Airing of Grievances." Nothing like heading into the New Year with a clean slate! Wipe drool from your lips as you behold the Pepperidge Farm cake bedazzled with M&Ms. Thrill at the hand to hand combat during the "Feats of Strength." And, standing proud, tall (and skinny) in all of its minimalist glory, behold the Festivus Pole.

Join in the celebration, and discover your own Festivus Miracle.

An Alternative Celebration Gets Its Day on The Hill

Look at the staunch bi-partisan support. It's only a matter of time before we get another paid holiday. Get out the pole, people, it's Festivus!

Alternative Trees for the Crafter in You

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If you're feeling DIY this Christmas, why not consider making a tree from items that you love? Buy a conical form at a craft store, and glue whatever you want to it. Voila: instant alternative Christmas tree!

Here are some ideas:

Glue on small glass ornaments.Glue beads around the cone in concentric circles.Glue on multi-colored gumdrops or those little gold-wrapped toffees.Glue on mini candy canes.Glue on red, green and silver sequins or buttons.Glue on small plastic whistles.Glue red, white and green pipe cleaners.

Like I said, use your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

Here's another craft idea: set up a small tripod using tomato stakes or broom handles. Wrap it with lights and hang decorations. I love it!

Let's See What Ebay Has in the Way of Christmas Trees - Alternative Ones, That Is!

Use your imagination. They are tall and skinny and will fit easily in a corner. You can add some extra hooks and hang ornaments from them. You can hang your stockings from them, if you find yourself chimney-less this year. Think of the possibilities!

How To Build a Beer Bottle Christmas Tree - And they said alcohol would make you stupid.

Decided that an Ode to Alcohol is the appropriate way to express the Spirit of the Season? Or maybe it's how you get through the annual Pilgrimage of In-laws. Either way, here's a fun Yuletide project for you. ("I like making it!" "I like drinking it!" for those of you who remember the old Shake and Bake commercials:-)

A Fiber Optic Christmas Tree

Kurt Adler 48-Inch Fiber Optic Tree with Colorful LED Lights
Kurt Adler 48-Inch Fiber Optic Tree with Colorful LED Lights

As an alternative to a live tree, which can be a fire hazard, and to even putting hot lights on an artificial tree, a fiber optic tree can be the perfect solution.

 

An Alternative Christmas Tree Gallery

For Inspiration

Here are some more pictures of creative and unusual Christmas trees. Love them or hate them, giggle at them or be inspired by them--whatever your reaction, I doubt it will be neutral!

Look at this beauty to your right--a monument to tasteful recycling, it is even red and white (mostly) in honor of the season.

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A stunning holiday tribute to Black Gold. Texas T.

I cannot begin to count the ways that this is wrong.

Sometimes you just have to work with what you have on hand.

Christmas in Miami?

Junkyard Wars Christmas Tree!

How About Some Christmas Tree Decorations? - A holiday garland, perhaps?

No need to stick with the same old cranberry and popcorn garlands. Here are some festive alternatives.

Alternative--and Not So Alternative--Holiday Movies

I love movies. I could watch two movies a day every day. My husband generally does not share that same enthusiasm. However, during the holidays, we both like to watch a good holiday movie by the light of our snow-globe snow man.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)

Maybe this isn't all about comfort and joy, but nothing makes me laugh harder than seeing Eddie wearing a white sweater with a black dickey drinking egg nog out of Wally World punch cups. Priceless. The Star Spangled Banner might just become your new favorite Christmas song!

 
Holiday Inn (Special Edition)
Holiday Inn (Special Edition)

This is where the song "White Christmas" comes from. It is worth it just to hear Bing Crosby sing!

 
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Classic. Charlie Brown certainly picked an alternative Christmas tree!

 
A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)
A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)

I saw this when it came out in the theater. My friend, Nadine, and I laughed so hard that we hurt. Towards the end, a little kid began to cough and sneeze, and the whole theater missed the last couple of minutes of the film. Good times.

 
The Holiday
The Holiday

Sweet and mushy and definitely worth a look. Jack Black underplays his "Jack Black-ness" to great effect.

 

Enjoy This Ode to the Iconic Aluminum Christmas Tree

Why does have to be a tree be green? Or even made of organic material? Enjoy the swinging Sinatra soundtrack!

A Dazzling Topper - Swarovski Tree Topper

Gold Tree Topper, Swarovski, 632785
Gold Tree Topper, Swarovski, 632785

How beautiful is this? While everyone else in the neighborhood has a Santa or an Angel doll perched atop their tree, you can display this absolutely gorgeous Swarovski tree topper! It also comes with a stand, if you'd just like to display it on a table. Beautiful!

 

A Perfect Christmas Tree - If you're more in tune with the traditional...

A Christmas story set in the Appalachian mountains of my home state, North Carolina, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree tells the story of Ruthie and her mom and their struggle to find the perfect Christmas tree for their town.

Beautifully written by Gloria Houston and illustrated with lovely acrylics by Barbara Cooney, the story exists on many levels, as Ruthie and her mother each discover their own Christmas miracles. A story of traditions and family, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is a welcome addition to anyone's holiday library.

Vote for The Best Alternative Christmas Tree

Don't have room for a tree? Feeling a little less-than-in-the-holiday-spirit? Vote on the best alternative Christmas tree here. Add to it, if you've got a good one!

Home Impressions 4-Piece Fireplace Tool Set
Home Impressions 4-Piece Fireplace Tool Set

4 piece set includes poker, shovel, brush, and square base. Black with cast iron ball handles, 28" high.

 
Atlantic Wave 1316 110 CD Tower (Black Steel/Cherry Wood Base )
Atlantic Wave 1316 110 CD Tower (Black Steel/Cherry Wood Base )

Atlantic is the pioneer in the home storage industry. Its comprehensive categories of products appeal to a broad range of consumers emphasizing quality, value and convenience. For over a decade, Atlantic has introduced fresh and innovative products the market yearns for and continues to strive to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. The company takes pride in its revolutionary use of materials for its merchandise. Wood, plastic, metal and other components are creatively incorporated...

 
Coaster Coat Rack-Black
Coaster Coat Rack-Black

You are looking at a brand new contemporary black metal full-size coat rack. This coat rack features 8 hooks for all your coats and hats, and is an elegant and stylish addition to any room or decor. The coat rack features durable quality metal construction. (This item requires simple assembly) ** **Dimensions Measure: 19'' W x 70''H

 
Dirt Devil M120000 Spinnergy Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Dirt Devil M120000 Spinnergy Upright Vacuum Cleaner

12A Motor, Sinnergy Vacuum, Removable Handle Converts To Long Reach Extension Wand, Hepa Filtration, Deluxe Ready To Use Stretch Hose, On Board Tools & Rotating Power Brush, 5 Position Height Adjust, Headlight, 15' Nozzle, Scuff Guard Bumper, 30 Cord, 3 Y

 
Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick For Kids Boys & Girls Ages 9 & Up, 80 to 160 Lbs - Fun Quality Pogostick By The Original Pogo Stick Company
Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick For Kids Boys & Girls Ages 9 & Up, 80 to 160 Lbs - Fun Quality Pogostick By The Original Pogo Stick Company

Hop your way to health and tons of fun with this durable pogo stick. Precision blue and silver foam covered metal pogo stick will last for years. It features replaceable non-slip, safety handles, foot pads and a rubber tip. Measures 41" high. Holds 80 to 160 pounds.

 
Mini Lighted Christmas Tree Approx. 6 Tall
Mini Lighted Christmas Tree Approx. 6 Tall

Sold as each. Approx. 6" tall. Uses 1 "AA" battery or AC adapter (SKU # 9815374) (not included). Boxed. Manufacturer's number: 74717. Country of origin: China. Distributed by Lemax, Inc.

 
Tricam TR-2W-HB 200-Pound Capacity ANSI Type III Highback Step Stool, 2-Step
Tricam TR-2W-HB 200-Pound Capacity ANSI Type III Highback Step Stool, 2-Step

The 2 step steel step stool is designed with oversized steps and a high hoop back for added stability and safety. Lightweight durable steel frame and oversized steps with PVC safety tread inserts. ANSI Type III, 200 lb. rating. Backed by a 1 year warranty

 
Holmes #HASF1676-UC 16" White Oscillating Stand Fan
Holmes #HASF1676-UC 16" White Oscillating Stand Fan

Circulate the air in a stuffy room with this oscillating stand fan.

 

Some Ideas for Alternative Christmas Ornaments

Use items you have on hand to decorate your tree.

I think we've taken a pretty good look at Alternative Christmas Trees. How to build them. Ideas for making your own. Using tall, skinny objects as stand-ins for traditional Christmas trees. So, I said to myself, "Self, why should we stick with traditional ornaments? As long as I'm talking about Alternative, Interesting and Unusual trees, I might as well commit 100%."

So, here I am, coming to you with some ideas for decorating with items not originally conceived as tree ornaments,>. Some ideas might be a little "out there," but you might find some ideas that really strike a chord with you. Enjoy!

Decorate Your Tree with Napkin Rings - A little unconventional, maybe, but lovely!

Lenox Butterfly Meadow Napkin Rings, Set of 4, Multi
Lenox Butterfly Meadow Napkin Rings, Set of 4, Multi

What a great idea--just slip the rings over the ends of the branches for ornaments that don't even need those little ornament hooks. I can never find them when I need them, and they just end up getting stuck in the carpet!

 

Swarovski Crystal Hair Jewelry--For Your Christmas Tree - Just clip on the end of a branch

Tanday Velvet Bridal Ivory Gardenia Hair Clip with Swarovski Crystal Hair Clip.
Tanday Velvet Bridal Ivory Gardenia Hair Clip with Swarovski Crystal Hair Clip.

Yes, you can wear it in your hair, but how great would this Swarovski hair clip--along with others--look ornamenting your Christmas tree? I think it's time to think outside the box, and find ornaments that won't just be stored in a box 11 months out of the year.

 

Silver Ting Instead of Tinsel - A fun option for your tree.

GreenFloralCrafts 2 Ft Sparkle SILVER Curly Ting, Pk of 60-70 & Silver Sparkle Wispies
GreenFloralCrafts 2 Ft Sparkle SILVER Curly Ting, Pk of 60-70 & Silver Sparkle Wispies

So, I know it's usually used in flower arrangements, but I think your tree would look so cool with pieces of silver--or any color--ting tucked in between the branches.

 

Artificial Christmas Trees... - ...with a twist.

Okay, so you decide to go with a "regular" tree instead of the leg lamp or a coat rack. I get it--you're more of a traditionalist. But who says that you can't get a regular tree while still being a little bit different?!

Have you seen any unconventional, odd or just plain strange Christmas trees? Send 'em in! Just want to leave a comment--feel free; glad you stopped by!

Seen Any Alternative Christmas Trees?

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      PattiJAdkins 4 years ago

      How fun! Thanks for sharing :)

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      charda 4 years ago

      nice chrismas tree ...

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens! Really fun looking at all those weird and wacky trees and Iove the little book about the Christmas tree!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I have seen three or four hoops, each one small than the last, suspended together and lights strung vertically down them.

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      maheshbalan lm 5 years ago

      bottle christmas tree looks awesome

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We bought a wooden Christmas tree from Festivetree.com last year and have enjoyed it. No mess, yeah!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we made a lamp shade alternative tree...I could send you a picture for your gallery

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      coatmu 5 years ago

      That first tree, Grolsch, that took the cake. Great lens.

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      jfield 6 years ago

      @resabi: lol! Wish you had a picture--I would *so* put it in the picture gallery! 8D

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      resabi 6 years ago

      This lens makes me grin. Love the beer bottle tree but the politically incorrect one with the cigarette cartons made me laugh out loud. I once decorated a potted cactus with my "orphan" dangle earrings.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      That first tree, Grolsch, that took the cake. Great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What fabulous Christmas tree fun for everyone!

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      coatmu 6 years ago

      nice post I really like it

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I had a dried twig table top tree one Christmas when I was spending the holiday alone in a tiny apartment. Decorated it with mementos and photos of family and friends ... love the alternative ideas you've gathered here. Blessed ...

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      buntyross 6 years ago

      these are the best christmas tree craft ideas.

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      What a fun lens. I've never really seen these before.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I have seen quite a few alternative Christmas trees. Amongst I remember is the bear Christmas tree, paper star tree & gift boxes tree.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Really unique trees! Nice lens!

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      FreddyBenstein 7 years ago

      For me, it's gotta be a real tree, cut myself, or no tree at all!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What cool Christmas trees! I wonder who got the pleasure of drinking all those beers and mountain dews? Terrific lens! I love how you added the Christmas Story famous lamp...ha ha That was a good chuckle. An easy 5 stars for you as always! Good job, keep up the terrific work.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Greaty lens. We decorate big for Christmas. We agree that gold spray paint makes everything look awesome. Thank-you for the wonderful pics.

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      jenn_halls 8 years ago

      I have enjoyed this several times so far- it makes me LOL!

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      jfield 9 years ago

      [in reply to aj2008] Wow, that would be a really alternative tree! Glad it made you laugh:)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Ha ha! Made me laugh. By "wee bottle" do you mean a "small" bottle or one that is used in hospitals - tee hee! Hmm, I think I will stick to the very lifelike fake tree that we have....

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Fun to read lens, but I don't think I would make any of these trees for my house.

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I love the bottle tree. Never seen that before. Nice lens!

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      jfield 9 years ago

      [in reply to Thyme2dream] Glad you enjoyed it. I have been laughing to myself the whole time I've been making this lens. I can envision a wee bottle tree at our house, too:-)

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      Thyme2dream LM 9 years ago

      I love Christmas so much I think I will have several of these in ADDITION to my regular tree, lol! Very fun lens:)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great, fun lens. I sure did enjoy!

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Delightful fun!!! Super lens! I hope you added this one to my Christmas directory. Lensrolling to Free Christmas gifts!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Did you take that Keystone light tree picture at my house?

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      Jenn3 9 years ago

      This lens is great! Thanks for the link!

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      jfield 9 years ago

      [in reply to a_willow] Thanks! Glad it made you smile. I've been chuckling along as I find more and more pictures:-)

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      This is great! Love your selection and your sense of humor!

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      jfield 9 years ago

      Thanks very much for the blessings, chef. Most importantly, I hope this made you laugh:-)

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Recycling your old stuff AND saving a tree - don't get no better 'n that! :)

      A little environmental blessing is in order!

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      jfield 9 years ago

      [in reply to RG] I have no idea. Sometimes I worry about myself. My two criteria for this lens was that it be seasonal and that it make me laugh. I hope it makes others at least smile!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Jenni,

      This is a very cool squidoo lens and yes very humorous. Were do you come up with these ideas? RG