Not everyone can have a large Christmas tree in their living room and not everyone wants to. If you're looking for something a little different this year, here are some great alternatives to a traditional tree.
The Record Tree
Vinyl lovers are sure to appreciate the fun look of records hung up in the shape of a Christmas tree like this display by Paige Russell. If you include a record player in the base like she did, you can even listen to the albums so you can really enjoy "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree."
Whether you include a shelf to put up displays like Country and Victorian Times or just lights and ornaments like the more simple ones on Eclectically Vintage, a ladder tree is a surprisingly elegant holiday touch to add to any home.
Book nerds everywhere will love getting to see their favorite hard covers out on display this holiday -just organize, stack and light as seen on this Instructable. For a more traditional look, you can always break out an old, green encyclopedia set to make a beautiful green tree.
With a strong copper wire, you can create a malleable spiral tree that can collapse into a small, flat coil. Natalina's Instructable shows how simple it can be (though I'd add a few ornaments to the mix as well).
Wooden Board Tree
This white wooden tree from Etsy seller dittographic is a great alternative to a traditional tree that can still be covered in lights and garland. You can even turn the branches to extend in any direction.
Post-It Note Tree
With a few colors of Post-It notes (particularly green ones) and a few paper ornaments, you can create a simple, flat tree on your wall like this one by Fashion Class For All.
Here's yet another advantage of chalkboard paint -you can easily decorate any wall any way you want for any holiday. In this case, A Legg Up used a wall to create a brilliant and beautiful Christmas tree. If you aren't quite as artistically inclined, you can always used colored chalk to create a more traditional green tree with a few ball ornaments drawn on.
This neat tree by MarzaShop doesn't just feature beautiful driftwood log slices, but also soft lights that are seamlessly blended into the creation. It's a tasteful and subtle addition to any home's Christmas display.
If you need some more holiday decorating ideas, don't miss some of our other great Christmas articles, including wreaths you can make yourself, decor you can put together with your kids and how to make some great last minute decorations.