Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unique Christmas Tree Ideas

Chances are, by now you already have your Christmas tree up and fully decorated. This year, it seemed like everyone but me had their tree up November 1st.



I remember being excited the first time I could pick out a Christmas tree all by myself. The tree in my apartment looked a lot like this:



Mostly, I like unique Christmas trees. When they were the "in" thing, we had a fiber optic tree, which was awesome because it seemed to shimmer.



In recent years, upside-down trees were popular with people who liked something different.



But if you really want to be adventurous, you can reimagine the concept of a Christmas tree altogether. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

This tree is made from books:



So is this one:



You can use all those spare hub cabs in your garage to make a tree:



Or just drink a lot of wine:



If you like Christmas villages, this one's for you:



Here's one for the nerd in your life:



And another one:




There's also one for fashionistas:



And shoe lovers:



Basically, these trees show that there's no limit to the many ways you can decorate your house for the season. 

What's your favorite type of Christmas tree?

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60 comments:

  1. I could go for a superhero tree. DC of course.
    We still have a fiber optic tree...

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    1. I loved that thing. I tried to find one a couple of years ago and couldn't--locally, anyway. You can buy one online still, I think.

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  2. There's something about a live tree that reminds me of my childhood. This year we're being adventurous turning a hall tree into a Christmas tree. It's been fun and we don't have to worry about shedding needles or watering it. :)

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    1. I buy the Balsam Wallflowers plug-ins from Bath & Body Works so we get the smell of a real tree without having to vacuum up needles every few days! I hate untangling lights and you can't find a pre-lit live tree!!!

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  3. We actually have a small artificial palm tree that we use some years. It even has lights on it. :)

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    1. That sounds like fun. I LOVE palm trees. We're in Tennessee, so you don't see those very often, but I would love a tropical-looking back yard.

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  4. I like to decorate to a theme or color scheme. Years ago, I used to be a window dresser for some big stores and we were always building faddish trees for one department or another. In the end, I liked to come home to a traditional tree though.

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    1. That sounds like it would be SUCH a fun job! I think Piper's mom should have a job like that.

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  5. I just have a normal tree, but it's a full sized one now. Before, I had a little 3 footer that hubby called a toilet brush. LOL

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    1. He called it a toilet brush? That sounds like an interesting tree!!!

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  6. We put our tree up two weeks before Thanksgiving. It was therapeutic during the rough time of my grandfather being ill. Now that he's passed, I'm glad we put the tree up early because I'm not much in the holiday spirit.

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    1. Yes, that can come in handy sometimes when life gets in the way of the season. So sorry for all you're going through.

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  7. Love these! All of them.

    My tree went up this past weekend. I always have to wait until after Thanksgiving. I feel guilty putting it up otherwise. :)

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    1. I do, too! When I was younger I put it up one year in early November and it seemed to make the season not as enjoyable. By mid-December, it felt like Christmas should be over already! I put it up ASAP after Thanksgiving and take it down before New Year's Day. (It's supposed to be bad luck to leave it past December 31st?)

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    2. Agreed! :D

      When you get a live tree, the short life span almost begs for it to go up closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving.

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  8. I think I am too much of a traditionalist. About six years ago, we went with an artificial tree which has been good since my daughter was allergic to the real ones, but I was thinking last night as we began to decorate that I'm getting a little tired of this tree.

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    1. We seem to get a new tree every three years or so? I don't know why!

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  9. No tree yet, but I do have a fiber optic tree I've used since 2001. It rotates as well as changes color. I still put ornaments on it, since it does look a little plain.

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  10. My tree is not up yet. It should be fun with Charlie (age 2.5) seeing everything. Once I discovered I was allergic, I got an artificial tree. This is now number four, pre-lit and narrower than previous ones cause you can only find room to move out a few pieces of furniture. I also have a smaller tree that was a gift one year, and a wire tree where I hang many of my Hallmark ornaments. I knew someone who had four trees in their very large mansion-type home, all themed, all professionally done. I hang mine with my favorite ornaments.

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    1. The one real tree I remember us having when I was a kid shed all its needles and started turning brown before Christmas. That experience taught me I'm an artificial tree person.

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  11. I do like the book one (for a library). Otherwise, I'm a traditionalist and I like a hodge-podge of ornaments - handmade, from trips, etc. Every one has a story. We put the tree up around the 15th. Other decorations are up now. Cheers to you!

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    1. I've done designer trees in the past and, yes, it is always a problem because you have nowhere to put those special ornaments you mentioned.

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  12. What an amazing collection, Stephanie. I've never seen any of those. I'm still pondering the upside-down tree.

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    1. I know! I think that trend may have come and gone...it was a little too odd for most people!

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  13. My favourite type of Christmas tree is the original real tree in the window..however, our house is small and full so we use a slim foyer or front porch tree in the corner. It means us old folks don't have to move any furniture and it's pre lit. No struggles with light strings. So I guess the definition of my favourite tree these days is 'easy'. It also has a very heavy base so it is tip proof...good for when the grandies come over..

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    1. Easy is definitely a good thing, no matter what your age!

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  14. I loved looking at all of these, I'm a traditionalist at heart though and I always get a real tree with traditional decorations :)

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  15. Hope my comment went through and not redirected to little green men . . . lol

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  16. I see it was redirected so here it is again.
    I liked the interesting ideas for Christmas Trees but I guess I shall stick to traditional tree and get my 3 year old grandson to help me ext week when he comes round for his usual couple of days of babysitting. He helped last year ok . . . :)

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    1. Sorry the little green men got your comment the first time! That's the great thing about having children around--they get so excited about this stuff!

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  17. So much fun! I would love to do a book tree, but we always get a real tree. Even when we lived in a wee apartment, I got a little tiny real one. The smell tells me it's Christmas!

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    1. I have the Bath & Body Works bulbs that fill the house with that smell!

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  18. What? Fiber optic trees are passe? Say it ain't so!

    Love the book tree. As for me, I avoid putting up a tree if I can help it. I won't have one this year. I don't miss it.

    I just heard on the radio this morning that there's a tree shortage this year. (Probably just in California.) Something about a surplus last year, so this year prices are up and supply is down.

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    1. I don't know if they're passe...just hard to find in full-size form nowadays. Unless you buy your Christmas trees online. That seems like a risk, though! I like to see it in person first.

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  19. Oh my gosh, all those different trees! So many trees, so little time. That wine bottle tree was really cool. We aren't putting ours up until we figure out a way to kitten proof it....

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    1. That could be a problem! Our dog never messes with the tree. I'm not sure what she thinks it is, but she just acts like it's always been there.

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    2. She's a good dog!
      We haven't put the gifts out early for several years because of our dog and I know the monster kitten is going to destroy my ornaments and tree, unless I can come up with a plan of action. Some of my ornaments are 40 years old.

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  20. My favorite type of tree is the one I have. It's pretty conventional, but I love the tree with the Christmas villages. I've always thought way in the back of my mind that having a Christmas village would be fun. In reality, I guess it would be something else to dust.

    Love,
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  21. I love all of these! Wow, so many neat creations!! That bottle wine one is so cool! I have to say I like the pink Christmas tree!

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  22. I was looking at book trees this year--and trying to convince myself I wanted to build one. But no, no I don't. Not around shopping and cleaning and hosting. Whew! Too many house guests this time of year.

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  23. Some of these are very unique but I always love the traditional real tree:)

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  24. The nerdy ones look fun!

    I'm probably going to shock someone (well, I hope not really), but we don't put up a tree at all. We just don't feel like it.

    On the other hand, my mother loves putting up the traditional tree, but for the last few years, she has opted for branches only, placed here and there (and decorated, of course). It looks really nice.

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  25. So many options! How do you choose? ;)

    I really like the book tree. If I were to do one, it would be that.

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  26. I really liked the fashion one and the shoe one was pretty neat too. I'm a traditional tree girl. Long as there's lots of lights and some glitzy ornaments, I'm happy.

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  27. Upside down ones - I missed that trend. Maybe I should try the book one. Oh my favorite - the ones at other people's homes.

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  28. These days a tiny tabletop tree is fine for me and my cat, Karma. Some very interesting trees--goodness! I'm more attached to the twinkling lights around my windows lately. So much so that I have been leaving them up year round for the past several years. :)

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  29. Great photos! We went with a slightly smaller tree this year - when we get to putting the angel on top, she'll actually fit and not find herself squished against the ceiling. I like fairly traditional trees, but our ornaments don't match with any kind of theme - we have kids' ornaments, craft ornaments, vacation ornaments, and gift ornaments all mixed together. It's a memory tree.

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  30. Cool! I've never seen anything like these trees. The Darth Vader one has to be the best.

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  31. I like trees that don't really have a theme, with colored lights and ornaments that are all different but that clearly have sentimental value or memories. Our tree features a very prominent Gandalf the Grey, several Ninja Turtles and Sesame Street characters, a Fancy Nancy, and other ornaments that are mostly clumped together because I let the kids hang them where they want to.

    BUT, I totally admit that I tried to talk my husband into buying an all black tree so that we could decorate it with neon colored ornaments. I still maintain that would be cool.

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  32. Ah! These are so much fun. My favorite Christmas trees are the ones where I hang the decorations my boys made at school. The trees I've put up this year are the ceramic ones I made several years ago. I wanted a real tree, but the cats would just climb it. That's what they did with the last one I had.

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  33. My favorite time of the year is to drive around looking at unique decorations, or watching shows on televisions. I used to have a different color Christmas Tree in the house every year, which was totally fun. Loved this post! Hugs...

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  34. I want to steal the book tree idea. People are so creative.

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  35. That Avengers tree! I DIED. WANT, NEED, MUST HAVE!!

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  36. Now I'm feeling guilty that we haven't got the tree up yet. I think everyone is getting ready for Christmas earlier and earlier each year. Or maybe that's just me excuse. I was feeling smug that I'd hung up the Advent calendars!

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  37. Those are some neat trees. Enjoyed looking at the variety.

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  38. These are some cool ideas...we did the book tree last year.

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  39. We now have a tree that comes with the Christmas lights attached. My idea is to make decorating as easy as possible!

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  40. those trees are funny. My favorite tree is Blue Spruce. But we have a cat now so I can't put one up.

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