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Coastal, Canvas and More Clever Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

Branch out from the typical Christmas tree with these festive fir-free ideas fit for spaces of sizes.

Faye deGavre

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Nov 29, 2021

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4 min read

Coastal, Canvas and More Clever Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

One might argue that nothing beats a real Christmas tree – the process of choosing the perfect spruce, the delicious woody scent and a cosy evening spent decorating it. Yet, there are a fair few downsides that make bringing a living tree into your home less than ideal (how do pine needles manage to get everywhere?).

This year, break up the status quo and reimagine the Christmas staple. If you have limited square footage, small children, pets or simply want to give an alternative to a tree a whirl this year, take a peek at these inventive finds. From festive buys to unexpected DIYs, here are some creative alternative Christmas tree ideas.

Clever Christmas tree alternatives

Float a 2D Christmas tree wall hanging
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A large, printed Christmas tree on fabric is visually pleasing – and washable. Hanging a tapestry is not only an easy way to create a stunning accent wall, but it’s even easier to have a Christmas tree without wasting floor space or eyeballing handsy children and curious pets. Pair it with fresh pine and berries for an elegant vignette or go for the pre-lit fabric hanging tree for a more magical effect. As long as you have a wall, you’re good to go.

Go contemporary with a metal tree silhouette
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If you’re trying to maintain minimalist décor, a bushy fir can kill the vibe. This curved metal silhouette tree is slim, chic and is the ideal place to highlight your favourite ornaments. Dress it up with baubles and lights for a magical effect. Perfectly understated but still very recognisably Christmassy, you can use this unique metal tree year after year.

Pretty up the space with a Scandi-inspired tree
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Keep the branches but nix the pine with this simple, Scandinavian-inspired tree. If dark shrubs aren’t your favourite, then this blond spruce tree is just the right gift for your home. Add your favourite ornaments and tie on some greenery for a festive touch, or keep it plain to step away from tradition.

Return to nature with this frosted tree
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Take inspiration from Mother Nature herself with this rustic hanging tree, available in two sizes. Made from natural birch and strong jute string with a dusting of sparkly snow, place this frosted tree works in hallways and entrances for a festive addition or make it the main attraction when teamed with lights and decorations. With a deconstructed setup, a woodsy edge and berry-clad twigs, it’s a stunning addition to any wall.

Design with driftwood
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Go coastal this year with this driftwood-style tree. With a simple star on top, this is Christmas décor pared back to its absolute minimum. It’s classy, understated, fuss-free and can be reused time and time again. This bare aesthetic would suit any coastal or minimalist interior.

Make the mantlepiece the focus
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A mantlepiece comes into its own at Christmas and can often be more of a focal point than a tree. Make it extra special at Christmas time – or let it stand in place of a tree – by dressing it in faux garlands and lights. This pre-lit garland is adorned with berries and all the festive cheer your fireplace needs to take the limelight.

String up lights
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Capture the cheer and bouncing light from a traditional tree with a magical light-up tree silhouette. Suspended on the wall and shaped with metal boughs, this magical display makes an eye-catching statement – no floor space or watering required. Better still, it can be used indoor or outdoor. It may be simple, but it makes a big (and very chic) statement.

Whip up a window sill scene

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Dress up your window sill to create a snowy scene. Start with some artificial (and biodegradable) snow, then add elegant trees, light-up figurines, string lights and candles. It’s a sparkly concoction that you can enjoy with minimal mess and clean-up effort.

Spruce it up with faux
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So you’re not getting a real tree this year – how about an artificial, pre-lit one? Or even a short, slim spruce if you’re short on space. There’s minimal effort involved and you can still enjoy the festive feeling that decorations bring to the house.

Pining for more?

Explore more alternative Christmas tree ideas in Property Playground. Find Christmas decorations to suit your style from a whole host of retailers, as well as find inspiration from professional home designers.

Faye deGavre

Content Writer