Even though they're traditional and beautiful, live Christmas trees can be unwieldy, messy, and a little high-maintenance. And fake ones can still take up a ton of room (where are you supposed to store them the other 11 months of the year?).
Consider scrapping the idea all together and make a Christmas tree out of non-tree things. It's true! You can repurpose objects into magical holiday décor. These are some of our favorite DIY projects.
1. Sticky Notes
We're obsessed with this Christmas tree made entirely from sticky notes. Buy a variety pack of green Post-its and create a beautifully simple, impossibly lush-looking evergreen tree. Garland is optional, but encouraged.
See the rest of this party: Handmade Christmas Party Inspiration at Green Wedding Shoes
A tree made of books is perfect for lazy decorators and bookworms alike. This one used 80 books, strategically stacked into a tree-like shape and draped in twinkly lights. The bloggers at Family Sponge recommend using LED lights, because they don't get hot — a good idea if your tree is essentially made of paper! At the end of the season, your books can just go back to business as usual — on the shelves.
See more pics: Christmas Tree Made From Books at Family Sponge
If you're still longing for that pine needle look (and smell!), this small-space Christmas tree is a great solution. Kendra of Kit and Forage used a bundle of cedar branches, cutting them into different lengths before tacking them to the wall. Decorate the branches with your favorite ornaments, and tuck a few sprigs of baby's breath and holly in for good measure.
Get the details: A Small Space Christmas Tree at Kit and Forage
This wood panel Christmas tree is totally customizable and super durable, which means it could also work in your yard or on your front porch. You'll need to cut pieces of wood down to size (a triangle-shaped cardboard template could help) and add a light stain or coat of paint to give the wood a rustic look. We love how simply this one is styled, with just a few white lights, but it would be just as beautiful decked out with your family's Christmas ornaments.
Keep reading for the instructions: DIY Christmas Tree at My Scandinavian Home
5. Copper Pipe
Sisters Malissa and Machelle of A Joyful Riot created this beautifully modern Christmas tree using a few pieces of copper pipe, strung together with twine. This DIY requires a little more legwork (hello, pipe cutter!), but you can store the finished product without taking up much space, and reuse it for years to come. Keep the ornaments coordinating and minimalistic — like the delicate metallic and pastel shapes they used here.
Take a closer look: DIY Wall-Mounted Copper Pipe Christmas Tree at A Joyful Riot
6. A Ladder
Where to put all your small Christmas decorations? On this ladder tree, of course. We love the rustic elements here, including the star-shaped garland, pinecones, and lanterns. Wrap the whole thing in white string lights for a bright, beautiful Christmas tree.
Steal more ideas: 20 Creative Ladder Ideas for Home Decorationer at Hative
7. Christmas Gifts
For the ultimate no-extra-cost, no-fuss Christmas tree, try strategically stacking wrapped presents into a shape that resembles a triangular tree. Use coordinating wrapping paper and plenty of gift tags (they kind of look like ornaments!). A metallic star tacked to the wall above it is the cherry on top. Bonus: Once the gifts are given out, your holiday cleanup is already done.
From: Christmas Gifts at Marianne deBourg
8. Pom-Pom Garland
This super-simple idea is all about the garland. Pick something durable and striking, like the fabric pom-pom one used here, and create a basic outline of a Christmas tree. Make it as large or small as you want, and tape some ornaments up if you'd like — instant festiveness.
Steal the idea: Garland Christmas Tree at Style Files
9. Holiday Cards
Here's what you do with all of those holiday cards! Dani at Thyme is Honey created an outline of a tree with washi tape and some glittery garland, and topped the whole thing off with a red star. As she received cards in the mail, she simply hung them with some hooks from IKEA. Think of cards as ornaments — you can never have too many.
For more instructions: Christmas Cards at Thyme is Honey
10. Washi Tape
If you only have a few minutes to dedicate to decorating, a minimalist washi tape tree is for you. This one is pretty small, but you could easily go all-out and take up the whole wall. (It still won't take too long.) String together lightweight or paper ornaments for a super-easy garland that can be taped to the wall.
Find more pictures: DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tree at HomeyOhMy