Alternatives to Having a Christmas Tree

December 3, 2008

With the economy like it is these days, it may be difficult to afford the holiday tree this season. Here is a simple solution. While kids are so young they will not always remember the decorative Christmas tree with presents underneath. Bottom line, trees are expensive!! Real OR fake. Instead of a tree that may shed, cause allergies, or one that you have to pay $300 for, why don't you make your own? This is a money AND space saver.


All you have to do, is find some wall space, get a nice sized roll of paper, (however big you want the tree to be) and paint, color or draw a tree! Have the kids participate. It is a fun project for everyone and you also get a chance to bond with your child(ren). Be creative with it. The possibilities are limitless! For instance you can use glitter for garland, put up baby pictures as ornaments, use it as a height/weight cart, stickers, doilies, etc. You get the idea!! On that special day you can even put your gifts underneath.

This is a Christmas idea that involves the whole family and is something that you can pack away and keep forever as memorabilia. The paper tree is something that kids look forward to every year and can be carried on for generations. So, if you're like me and many other Americans, then why don't save some money for your kids this year and put up a paper tree. God bless and have a Merry Christmas!

Source: I came up with this idea a few weeks ago. I have also posted it on Just trying to help out mothers like me.

By Erin from St. Louis, MO

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In my small apartment, I have never had room for a standing Christmas tree. In order to have the tree experience, I use pine boughs from the local Christmas tree stand and put them in vases and decorate them!

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December 22, 2009

One year I was unable to go to the Christmas Tree Farm with my children due to a broken foot. So I took long lengths of green garland and used it to zig zag a Christmas tree shape on the wall above a small bookcase.

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Growing up, there were a few years that we didn't have enough money to get a Christmas tree and we ended up getting creative. We decorated a twig one year. Made a tree out of lights on the wall another. We tacked up CDs in the shape of the tree on the wall and we have decorated houseplants.

Alternative Christmas Trees

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November 10, 2004

I'm not going to buy a tree for just myself this year. Instead, I am going to put all my twinkle lights in every houseplant (and that's a lot) I have. I may hang a few favorite ornaments with fishing line here and there or in the ficus.

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I got this rosemary plant during the summer and brought it in for the winter. With a little trimming it became a wonderfully aromatic Christmas tree in the corner of my parlor. Double duty and lovely!

rosemary decorated as mini Christmas tree with tiny train encircling pot base

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January 16, 2020

Fiber from the inside of a coconut husk was used to create this rejuvenated faux Christmas tree. The greenery was cut back and the fiber used to replace it to make an island Christmas tree.

Coconut Fiber Christmas Tree - finished tree with angel and blue lights

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September 20, 2017

Use a tree branch to create a lovely painted Christmas tree for a tabletop display or in place of a larger one. Add lights and ornaments and you are ready for the holidays. This is a page about making a painted branch Christmas tree.

branch tree with lights against a pink wall

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