Have you ever considered turning the books on your shelf into a Christmas tree? Or what about a wall hanging Christmas tree? Don’t let space or the headache of lugging a real tree to your apartment stand in your holiday decorating dreams! Use what you’ve got friend, even if that’s yard sticks, books, bottle caps, cardboard, or egg cartons!
Unique Christmas Trees
I divided this list of unique Christmas trees into three sections. The first section is dedicated to Christmas trees crafted out of unusual things that most people do not have on hand. Things like fire hoses and lobster traps! I hope this list inspires you to turn things you have on hand into a one of kind Christmas tree!
1. Ladder Christmas Tree
Add a little rustic charm to your Christmas decor with a ladder Christmas tree. Cover the ladder in snowflakes, seashells, or vintage ornaments. Whatever you choose, the Christmas ladder is sure to be a conversation peice. Find more beautiful images at Desire Empire.
2. Fire hose Christmas tree
Rachael and her husband turned a 3.5” rubber retired fire hose into a unique Christmas tree. Rachael said the host is very rigid and took quite a bit of coaxing to get it into place. They used screws to adhere it to a wooden post. How perfect is the tree topper?
3. Lobster Traps
If you’re anything like me, you likely don’t have 100’s of lobster traps on hand. But this idea could be done on a smaller scale with any type of box! Consider using cardboard boxes, gift boxes, or wooden crates. Image via Kennebunkport, Maine Christmas Prelude.
4. Wine Bottle Tree
This gorgeous “tree” is welded together and adorned with empty colored wine bottles, but wow!
5. Ornament mobile
If you have ornaments on hand, this modern Christmas tree mobile is perfect! Megan made this hanging Christmas tree with a few simple jewelry making tools and 100 green bulbs. Get the detailed tutorial at Not Martha.
6. Egg Cartons
While most people do have at least one egg carton on hand, collecting 200 egg cartons would take time. If you look closely, the ornaments are used Nespresso pods. This tree is an up-cycled masterpeice!
Up-Cycled Christmas Trees
The following unique Christmas tree are made of items you likely have on hand and can simple shred, paint, cut and/ or stack to create a festive Christmas tree.
7. Book Christmas Tree
Kristin created this book Christmas tree with books and a dowel. For the complete tutorial check out her site, mediatinker.
8. Chrsitmas tree tripod
My husband, Andy, decorated this tripod Christmas tree in 2011. It was before I moved to Florid with him so I sent him a Christmas tree in a box. Instead of using the supplies as intended, he got creative and used them to decorate his tripod.
9. Shredded Paper
If flocked christmas trees are more yoru style consider shredded paper! See more innovative Christmas trees from an installation at Michelle’s blog.
10. Wrapping Paper
Here’s a simple way to use the small scraps of leftover wrapping paper, turn them into a Christmas tree! Find the full tutorial on A Little Tipsy.
11. Cardboard Christmas Tree
Turn a cardboard box into a 3D christmas tree the kids will love to decorate. This cardboard christmas tree masterpeice was made by hoi pippo.
12. Bookshelf Christmas tree
Here’s another simple version of the book Christmas tree that requires no holes in the books. Simply rearrange the books you already own.
Wall hanging Christmas tree
If you have a small space, these wall hanging Christmas trees are the perfect solution. These festive trees can be hung on any wall or window in your home.
Turn simple doilies into a beautiful window display with tape. (Image found via Mom Filter.)
Use one strand of Christmas lights and a few thumbtacks to create a triangle shape on the wall. Doesn’t get much simpler than that!
15. Toilet Paper
Talk about something everyone has on hand- toilet paper! Who would have thought toilet paper could be so elegant? This tp Christmas tree is surprisingly chic and modern and can be hung on any blank wall. Image oringially found on feel desain.
While most people do have a junk drawer full or trinkets, this wall Chrsitmas tree takes the junk drawer to the next level. My favorite part are the framed pictures included on the Christmas tree. Consider doing this on a smaller scale to make it more manageable.
Turn trash into treasure by painting bottle caps green and arranging them in a Christmas tree shape on card stock. Consider making a larger on one a peice of card board.
I love that this ruler Christmas tree is made on a cabinet door. It’s proof that a Christmas tree can be created out of anything on anything. Collect old rulers, measuring tape, and yard sticks to make a charming tree of any size. Oringially created by My Salvaged Treasures.
Here’s the perfect space saving, multi functional Christmas tree idea! Use your holiday cards to create a tree shape on the wall. This can be done with a DIY card holder like the one below or even with washi tape.
Which unique Christmas tree is your favorite? If you prefer a more traditional tree, you might like this post with 16 unusual Christmas tree themes.