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4 Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas To Try This Year

by Meaghan Weeden December 05, 2023 2 min read

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Sustainable Christmas Tree Ideas To Take Your Green Christmas to the Next Level

We get asked about Christmas trees a lot during the holiday season. And while our position is clear: a real, live Christmas tree that has been sustainably grown is more environmentally friendly than a fake Christmas tree, they are not the only two options that are available. 

There are many reasons why you may opt to have a non-traditional Christmas tree this year. Whether your decision is based on cost, space, time, or a desire to be more eco-friendly, there are plenty of ways to get festive without a traditional Christmas tree. 

Here are 4 of our favorite creative Christmas tree ideas that will help you have a simple, sustainable holiday. 

Get a live tree

Just don’t want to cut a tree down? Purchasing (or renting if you’re fortunate enough to live near an organization that offers this) a live Christmas tree that can be planted in the ground later is a great option! When selecting a live Christmas tree, make sure that the tree species you choose is native to your area, and that you can keep it alive until the conditions outdoors are optimal for planting. 

Spruce Up Your Favorite House Plant

Love the idea of a living tree but don’t want to spend the money on a live tree or worry about keeping it alive through the winter? Spruce up one of your house plants with a few lightweight ornaments or festive lights to create a unique Christmas "tree" that will get you in the holiday spirit in no time!

Create a DIY tree

Take a look around you with an eye for items that can be used to build a DIY tree. If you need inspiration, head over to Pinterest for inspiration. A few of our favorite handmade Christmas tree ideas include: a wine cork Christmas tree, a drift wood Christmas tree, a scrap lumber Christmas tree, a fallen branches Christmas tree, a ladder Christmas tree, and more! Truly, the possibilities are limited only by your creativity and imagination!

Build an Evergreen arrangement

If it doesn’t feel like the holidays without the fresh smell of evergreen in your home, you can always purchase or gather fresh evergreen boughs and arrange them into a vase, a wreath, a wall tree, a centerpiece, and more! This is a great option if you have a small space but don’t want to miss out on the experience of bringing traditional greenery into your home.

So there you have it. Regardless of your reason for going the non-traditional route this year for your Christmas tree, we hope these ideas have inspired you to build a sustainable holiday to remember.

And don't forget: for the ultimate green gift, you can gift trees to someone you love for as little as $1.

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Meaghan Weeden
Meaghan Weeden

Meaghan works to share our story far and wide, manages our blog calendar, coordinates with the team on projects + campaigns, and ensures our brand voice is reflected across channels. With a background in communications and an education in environmental conservation, she is passionate about leveraging her creativity to help the environment!