The Ultimate Christmas Tree Alternative List 2019!

The 2019 Christmas Alternative List:

Here are some fun and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional live or plastic Christmas trees. Be creative!

Also Check Out: 2018’s List

Let’s get right to it!

Simply Lights and Ornaments

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It’s all the elements of the Christmas tree without the actual tree! Arrange your lights and ornaments in a cozy section of your home and light up the room with Christmassy flare.


The Notebook Tree

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Hey girl, you’re so cute when you choose Christmas tree alternatives, like arranging some vintage letters on the wall to look like a Christmas tree. So cute.

The Upisde-Down Pot Tree

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A cute idea for all you gardeners looking for something small this holiday season.



The Stick Tree

3qruwn2pxi341.jpgFrom u/ban5h3e:

“This year I decided to not buy an $80 Christmas tree but instead made my own from branches from my backyard. I miss the smell of a real tree but they only last for 2 weeks in a Perth summer anyway.”




Ladder Tree 2019 (1):


Ladder trees seem to a pretty popular option. I can see why. When they’re wrapped in twinkling lights and decorations, they’re quite dazzling!





Ladder Tree 2019 (2):


Absolutely stunning! You can find the instructions at: /



Ladder Tree (3): 



Wine Bottle Tree:

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by Scott Monaco

Wine Bottle Tree (2):


Another wine bottle tree design by 18BelowDesign. They’ll customize them for you if you don’t feel like getting liver damage this season.




The Virgin-Wine Bottle Tree 


AKA the soda can tree – for teetotalers and carbonation-enthusiasts among us. By

The Clothespin Advent Calendar Tree:


This is one of my favorites for kids — make the holiday last all month!





The Junk Drawer Tree:

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The Driftwood Tree:


If you happen to live near the ocean, maybe you can make on out of collected drift wood. Alternatively, you can shell out a bit of cash and buy it on Etsy.



A Different Style Driftwood Tree:





The Wooden Tree:


 by wood & wool stool.




The Wooden Tree (2):


Instructions at:

The Palette Tree: 


Got a bunch of palettes lying around? Here’s an interesting use for them by /





The Crafty Tree






The Periodic Tree of Elements:


So creative! And no, this doesn’t mean you need to find element coasters. Maybe you have a collection of bar coasters, or cards from a game you don’t play anymore. Cards for Humanity Tree anyone? A little hole punch in the card won’t ruin them. They’re still playable when Christmas is over. Why not regular playing cards?


The Photogra-Tree:

Have an old collection of photos gathering dust in a shoebox? Why not bring old memories to life by displaying them a photo tree!


Source: Pinterest




Photogra-Tree (2):



The 1/2 and 1/2:





The Wall Hanger


This classic tree alternative is simple but has a lot of potential be designed however you like! This design by I found to be particularly lovely!

A guide for measuring the hanging-tree:




The PVC Pipe Tree:


If you have some old PVC pipes you don’t want to throw into landfill, or maybe you save some from going into landfill or a junkyard, get a creative second use out of them by cutting them and arranging them into a Christmas tree. Then decorate the individual circles with ornaments to create this beautiful design out of yucky PVC.



The Art Deco Tree:


Arranging your ornaments in a tree-shape can create this gorgeous art deco tree design by


More Ornament Tree Inspiration:

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The 3D Light Tree Effect


By arranging Christmas lights in this pattern in a room corner, you can make a 3-dimensional tree shape that will make your guests ooh and ahh like July 4th.

Another Creative way to use a corner:



The Rake Tree


Certainly creative!!


The Simple Ornament Tree


This simple but elegant tree is by, who also has a lovely design using sleigh bells as well.


The Music Tree


This is a simple and classy tree idea by for all you music lovers out there.

The Ruler Tree


Who’s tree is bigger? Here’s a rustic design that makes it simple to figure out. Source:


The Scrabble Tree:

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How do you spell Christmas? A scrabble tree will let you know. Extra points if you can spell “Zero Waste.” Source:

The Simple Light Tree:


Simple but effective… and apparently entertaining!


The Hanging Ornament Tree:


Suspend ornaments to create a tree shape. Pro tip: don’t place this somewhere drafty or windy, or you might have some broken ornaments that thought they were wind chimes. Source:


The Book Tree 2019:


For all you readers out there! Here’s 2019’s Book Tree pick by

Book Tree (2):


Another inspiring book tree set up from



The 2018 Christmas Tree Alternative List:






The 12 Days of Wastefulness (12 Ways to reduce your waste during the Holidays)