For us, a Christmas tree is an essential ingredient for holiday happiness. But this year we're debating whether or not to buy a real tree (for reasons that relate to the environment and our pocketbook). Instead, we could go with a modern Christmas tree alternative, but they're often quite pricey (and seem even more so in this economy). What about harnessing that inner MacGyver and fashioning a Christmas tree out of things you already have on hand?Images above, from left to right:
- This antique drying rack dressed up like a Christmas tree is much prettier than our overloaded drying rack. But we're getting ideas. We spotted it in Country Living.
- We were inspired by the wonderful suggestions over at Curbly: Why not try a camera tripod?
- Or perhaps a ladder?
- If all else fails, a tree branch might work just fine.
With a little creativity, some ornaments, and a strand or two of lights, we think most of these household items would make whimsical, charming Christmas tree alternatives. Although, you'd have to invest in some (soy) pine-scented candles for the full effect.
What other items would you add to this list?
Originally published 2008-12-03 - CB