There are many reasons you might not want a ‘real’ tree this year – lack of space, lack of anywhere to get one locally, lack of transport or a disinclination to still be hovering pine needles up in January! Artificial trees are more flexible in terms of size and you can re-use them year after year – they even become a much-loved decoration in their own right. We’ve tracked down ten small alternative Christmas tree ideas, ranging from copies of real trees to quirky decorations – there’s bound to be one to suit your space.
Small Christmas tree in pistachio, Orchard Home Interiors
This cute little pistachio coloured metal Christmas tree decoration is perfect for placing around the home either as an alternative tree or a festive decoration. Pop on a coffee table or mantle piece to add a subtle yet sophisticated touch of seasonal joy to your living space. Unfortunately you can’t fit decorations on it, but you could drape on a few fairy lights! £18, available from Orchard Home Interiors.
Mini faux alternative Christmas tree, Hudson Home
This sweet table top faux Christmas tree comes wrapped in brown paper with a jute bow and would make a lovely centrepiece for the dining table. You could also put some decorations on this one! £20, available from Hudson Home.
Vintage style ceramic alternative Christmas tree, Millwood Ceramics
Available in a variety of colours, this unusual handmade, hand decorated tree measures approx 33cm high not including the star. Small twist bulbs are inserted into the pre-cut holes and the tree is illuminated by the supplied electric fitting. If you’re really tight for space, then this mini-tree is for you! £69.99, available from Millwood Ceramics in Devon.
Snowy mini-tree with micro lights, Lights4Fun.co.uk
This elegant little (35cm) tree comes with 20 warm white micro lights for a Christmas sparkle. Whether you’re looking for the finishing touch to your mantelpiece or a magical addition to your window display, this snowy tree will prove a talking point. £15.99, available from Lights4Fun.co.uk.
Metal Christmas tree tealight holder, Charlton Island
Bring some twinkly charm to your shelf, windowsill or dining table setting with this set of two metal Christmas tree tealight holders. Available in a choice of copper or pewter, the set costs £49.99 from Charlton Island.
Medium white paper tree, Layered Lounge
Handmade from high quality paper, this unusual tree has beautiful curves which give it a classy elegant look. Folds flat for ease of storage when the festive season has ended. Comes complete with box for storage. Available in different sizes, the medium measures 38cm tall and costs £26 from Layered Lounge.
“I am not a Christmas tree” cactus, Heating & Plumbing London
If you’d like something really unusual instead of a tree (or you know someone who’s got a touch of the bah humbugs!), then how about this Christmas cactus?Each plant is hand planted in specialist soil, carefully packed in a beautiful black gift box, and delivered to your door. £27.50, available from Heating & Plumbing London.
Frosted berry mistletoe alternative Christmas tree, Culture Vulture
This small faux-berry and foliage tree (35cm) is a festive finishing touch for tabletops and mantles. It has wooden fir needles and frosting to give the impression it has been left out in the snow. The tree is covered with mistletoe, and costs £22.99 from Culture Vulture.
DIY cardboard Christmas tree, Studio ROOF
Build your own 3D Christmas tree out of sturdy recycled cardboard with this kit. Dimensions when built: 22 x 35 x 22 cm. Even better, buying this kit, £22.95, will help support the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Lattimore glass lit tree ornament, Museum Selection
This festive LED glass centrepiece in the shape of a Christmas tree is embossed with patterns reflecting fir leaves and decorative ornaments. Designed to echo 19th-century pressed glass pieces, it costs £34.99 from Museum Selection.
If you can’t find the perfect small alternative Christmas tree, why not try making your own? There’s a lovely post on the Life Loving blog with a great DIY for a mini wall hanging Christmas tree, or why not making an alternative wire Christmas tree? Check out our step-by-step guide!
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