Don’t like traditional Christmas trees? Try one of these festive alternatives!


The concept of Christmas hasn’t changed much since its inception. In its infancy, Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honour of the deity Saturn (also held in December). The pagans had long worshiped trees (as did other historical cultures) and would bring them into their homes and decorate them, something that influenced our modern holiday decorations.

Christmas tree decoration (photo: techblogstop)

While certain things such as gifts and ornaments have been modernized, the Christmas tree itself has stayed relatively the same. Obviously, trees can’t physically advance in look, but wait…maybe they can! Why can’t we modernize the tree when everything else revolves around LED lights and faux fireplaces?

Magazine Christmas tree (photo: designboom)

Well, here’s a list of a few alternatives to those Christmas trees your granny still thinks are cool.

The Christmas Ladder Tree

Personally, I find this DIY Ladder tree the most attractive. It’s as easy as finding your ladder and decorating it with lights and a few ornaments.

It’s very simple, open to creativity, doesn’t cost much, yet looks great. It can give your home a bit of a rustic look, while at the same time maintaining a sleek and modern feel. The best part about it is the non-mess it’s going to leave behind.

Ladder stylised as a Christmas tree (photo: savingadvice)

Rope ladder Christmas tree

The Christmas Ladder Tree (photo: leahdaehling)

A ladder tree (photo: blogspot)

The ladder tree (photo: blogspot)

The Christmas Book Tree

Want to show your friends and family how smart you are during the holidays? Make your own bibliophile Christmas tree! This tree is composed of many books, stacked in a circular Christmas tree type shape (it might take a while though). Don’t worry, the books aren’t glued together. Just make sure no one bumps into it. It’ll fall apart, just like the friendship you had with the person that knocked it over.

Books put together as a Christmas tree (photo: hypable)

The book Christmas tree

Decorations for a Christmas tree à la books (photo: royanereal)

The Christmas Book Tree

The Christmas Book Tree (photo: thetreetopper)

The Hanging Ornament Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are freaking heavy. It’s not like you can easily move the Christmas tree from the kitchen to the living room without knocking over pictures and vases. This DIY ornament tree takes away all of that tedious and unnecessary manual labor during the holidays. This project uses a steamer rack, hooks, lots of string and a hundred ornaments in order to make a mobile hanging Christmas tree. Move it from the kitchen, to the living room, to your bedroom, to your friend’s kitchen, and then back in a flash. Just don’t put it near any vents; it’s a Christmas tree, not a wind chime.

White Christmas tree hanging on a white door

Ornament Christmas trees (photo: notmartha)

An ornament Christmas tree (photo: notmartha)

The Wine-Bottle Christmas tree

I’m pretty sure that’s how this DIY wine bottle tree came about.

A couple are drinking wine (from many bottles) and seeing the similarity between them and Christmas trees.

This wine tree in particular is held together by hot glue. It’s a great excuse to drink (as if you needed one).

Wine-Bottle Christmas (photo: drinknectar))

The Wine-Bottle Christmas tree (photo: drinknectar)

This one is a stand, making easier to make the perfect Christmas tree made of bottles (photo: girlabouttowndayton)

This one is kind of epic in terms of Wine-Bottle Christmas trees

Wine-Bottle tree

Wall Collection Christmas Tree

Take all those little trinkets that you have saved up and arrange them on the wall for a tree that truly tells a lot about you.

DIY Christmas trees (photo: demilked)

Christmas tree made of trinkets (photo: theexperimentalhome)