12 Days of Christmas DIY: Christmas Tree Alternatives

And on the seventh day of Christmas I'm giving you some ideas for Christmas tree alternatives. This one was actually a late edition because I had something completely different planned. But, as I shared earlier, Mr. T and I are in a "dorm" room and will likely be here until after Christmas. And Christmas is my favorite time of year so having a tree feels pretty important to me. I mean, where else are you supposed to put the presents, you guys?

But this year a tree isn't possible. And, well, technically we already opened our gifts because we're 12-years-old and can't wait. But for a moment we had presents and needed something to feel like a tree.

kiddie craft kit

A kiddie craft kit

We bought this exact little kit at Target for $7. It was actually kind of fun. We were able to put the tree together and decorate it. So it kind of gave me the same feeling as decorating a tree. Plus it only cost $7 you guys so we didn't have to spend a whole bunch of money on something that we'd never use again.

ribbon and wire tree

Ribbon and wire tree

This is so cute that I almost want to do it even if I have a tree. And, well, you know me and rustic stuff.

I don't have a tutorial for this. I found it on Pinterest and love it so I had to share it. But I'm imagining all you do is cut chicken wire into the shape of a tree and then put the ribbon through the little holes. Add some ornaments and other embellishments and you're all set.

book Christmas tree

Make a Christmas tree out of books

How adorable and fun is this? I love that you could do this in so many ways. Stack them against a wall or stack them all crazy to look like a tree. It's easy and totally inexpensive.

See the tutorial here.

PS: if you have old books or magazines around, you can also make cute little trees from the pages. Then maybe group all of the trees together to make them look super cute. It's also a great way to get rid of old books and mags that are lying around.

Get that tutorial here.

Use tree "parts"

Ok, this sounds a little strange. But, you can take branches or twigs from an actual tree and stick them to the wall in the shape of a tree. The result is super cute and it's likely you can find the items you'll need literally just sitting on the ground. If the ground isn't an option, you can also use garland or take a part a wreath.

See examples here and here.

ladder christmas tree

Use a ladder

I am not even kidding you, this is another I'd do even if we have a tree. I love this one because it utilizes something that's easy to find or something you may already have. And you can totally use the ladder for so many other decor things (or, you know, just have a ladder for laddery things) afterwards.

Get the tutorial/inspiration here.

If all else fails, you can literally hang anything in the shape of a Christmas tree. Get some lights or garland (ahem, maybe some triangle garland) or anything you like that seems fun and festive. This is one of those DIYs where the possibilities are endless and you can get so creative!