4 Bizarre Yet Wonderful Christmas Tree Alternatives

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. We were inspired by the wonderful suggestions over at Curbly: Why not try a camera tripod?
  3. Or perhaps a ladder?
  4. 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?

Images: 1. Country Living; 2. Curbly; 3. Curbly; 4. Curbly

Originally published 2008-12-03 – CB