Christmas Tree Alternatives
For a lot of people, Christmas is not Christmas without a tree. However, not every home and family can accommodate a tree. Whether space is limited, time is limited, allergies, or the mess is too much to handle, some people can't put up a tower of timber for the holiday. But that doesn't mean you have to forgo the idea altogether. Here are some Christmas tree alternatives to try.
Artificial trees are just as good as real trees -- sometimes even better! Faux trees come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so if you're lacking a good spot for a magnificent tree, there's probably an artificial tree that fits in the space you do have. There are so many perks of decorating with a faux tree, but one of the best is that it only requires a one-time payment to get you through several holidays, leaving you with a little bit more money to spend on gifts.
If bringing in a tree is too much trouble for you, try transforming a plant you already have into the Christmas tree you expect to find in December. This is probably the simplest solution: nothing has to be moved, you don't have to go to a lot to pick out a tree and there are no needles to sweep up every day between November and January. If you have more than one plant, you can even decorate several of them to make the whole house dazzle! But you can also buy a plant that's bred for holiday flair, the poinsettia.
Surprisingly, furniture you already own may be a good substitute for a tree. We don't mean anything like a shoe storage bench, but rather something that is already conveniently designed in the shape of a Christmas tree. Try using a ladder -- big or small -- to drape string lights on and hang ornaments. It can be simple or elaborate, depending on your taste, but it's an eclectic substitute for the real thing.
There are many ways to convert your wall into a Christmas tree -- but it all depends on just how crafty you are! If you are not confidently creative, removable holiday decals might be your best bet for creating a life-sized tree on the wall. If you are creative, try designing a tree using colorful washi tape. You can make it big or small, simple or intricate -- and it comes off easily without ruining your paint. If you want to do something with more pizzazz, you can use the same idea of forming a one-dimensional tree on the wall only instead of tape or decals, use string lights or holiday bunting. If you want to boil the idea down even more, affix ornaments to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree.