alternative to christmas treesI love the holidays but I'm not really a fan of Christmas trees. I hate how they take up so much space, how pine needles show up in the most unexpected places months later and the fights about who has to water it to keep it fresh. This year I'm going for different ways to incorporate the tree in our Christmas, without actually having one. Read on. 

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Christmas Veggies 1

Christmas Veggies

Image via Betty Crocker

I bet even the little ones will eat their veggies if they are presented in the form of a tree in the Christmas table. This crudité assortment is also a great idea to bring as a hostess gift to a holiday party.


Pallet Tree 2

Pallet Tree

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There's no better way to celebrate the season of giving, than giving to the planet. I love this tree made with pallets. Just make sure to wear gloves when working with wood. Splinters can be nasty!


Miniature tree table top 3

This tiny tree should be replicated in odd numbers on your holiday table, fireplace mantel or window casing. Just grab some branches, work your magic with burlap and ¡listo! a beautiful arbolito.

Doilie trees 4

Doilie trees

Image via 36 Avenue


This is has to be the cutest DYI Christmas decoration ever and it doesn't hurt that it also works for a Frozen party. The very easy to follow instructions are found on 36 Avenue.


The ladder tree 5

The ladder tree

Image via How to

You may get some criticism with his one, but here is a place for the gifts and that is all it counts, right?


The money tree 6

The money tree

Image via Then She Made

I bet many older kids would be delighted to get one of these, instead of a traditional gift under a real tree. I know I would. The detailed instructions are found at Then She Made.


Tree cones 7

Tree cones

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Kids and adults can have lots of fun painting and decorating these pine cones. I bet if you do enough, Santa will find them without a problem. Instructions for the whole project are on Christmas 365.

The light tree 8

The light tree

Image via How to

It can't be easier and more fun than this. You only need a roll of kitchen towels, a flash light and a cardboard cut-out the shape of a tree. If you are artsy, you can do other shapes and enjoy some good old fashion laughs, while the cookies bake for Santa.


Dessert tree 9

Dessert tree

Image via Candyquik

The British blog Candyquik has stolen my heart and doubled my appetite. I bet nobody will be thinking of a pine tree when they have this gorgeous one made with cake pops.

Tree of cards 10

Tree of cards

Image via  Thyme is Honey

You will need a clear wall, some washi tape and some cards. If you get most of the holiday mail online, you can even print the cutest ones. Just follow the shape of a triangle and there you are. You can find a template at Thyme is Honey.