Non Traditional Christmas Trees

Who said your Christmas tree has to be a fir, spruce or pine tree?  I think I can count on one hand the years we have had a “normal” tree.

I am not sure if it is the crazy or cheap side of me that drives this creative craze.  I remember going to one of my friends houses when I was a teenager and they had the coolest Christmas tree. It was a big ceder branch they had put lights on and was lightly decorated with ornaments. It was misshaped and looked like they had a tree growing in their house. I loved it! I connected with that tree. How refreshing it was to see something “out of the box” and different. I am so glad I was able to see that tree and have my eyes opened and to know that you don’t have to do things like everyone else.

I thought it might be fun to share some photos of the Non Traditional Christmas Trees we have had over the years. A lot of the pictures are just scans of photos, but you will get the idea. This was before the digital times.





1995 topiary tree

As you can see, I had a little one crawling around the floor this year, so we cut off the lower branches and made a topiary tree.


1998 Cherry Tree

This was one of my most favorite trees of all. We had a cherry tree growing along the fence line that needed to come out. I could picture it with twinkle lights on and the branches spreading out over my living room. So my dear husband cut it down and made a stand for it and we brought a cherry tree into my house. I left that tree in my house for a year. In the spring, I made cute pink cherry blossoms. In the summer I put green leaves and cherries on it, and in the fall the autumn leaves went on.

halloween 1999

1999 My Autumn Cherry Tree


non traditional Christmas tree

Cedar Tree

There is a funny story behind this tree.  I was contemplating what to do for a tree this particular year. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a tree and I was out of creative ideas. We had a huge wind storm in our area and a big branch from an old cedar tree in the back yard broke and fell to the ground.  I went out back and knew right then what we were going to do with it. We kid around and say our Christmas tree that year fell from heaven. I wish I had a better camera. The pictures just don’t do them justice.



2006 Another Branch Tree

Curly Willow Tree

2013 Curly Willow Tree

We have a curly willow tree, which always comes in handy for home decor projects and Christmas trees.

curly willow

Curly Willow Christmas

I just searched interest for Non traditional Christmas trees, and it was fun to see how many ideas there are out there. I guess I am not the only one out there brave enough to do things a little outside the box.

Here are a few links to some of the ones I thought were clever and fun.

Pallet christmas tree:

Make It: A Space-Saving DIY Twig Christmas Tree!:

How cool would this be beside a fireplace. Primitive Wood Crafts - Bing Images:

So, if money is tight and you don’t want to spend $45 on a tree, you don’t have the space, or you just want to do something whimsy and fun, here are a few ideas for you.

Holiday decorating can be inexpensive, simple, lighthearted and outside the box. Have fun and enjoy the holiday season.


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  • Rea WaltonFebruary 14, 2017 - 7:50 pm

    Your trees are beautiful!!! I’ve never known anyone who cut trees down and brought them in the house, but they look so great! Next year, I’ll send you a photo of our upside-down tomato-cage tree. I envision adding more handmade ornaments to it every year until it’s completely full.ReplyCancel

    • JanFebruary 16, 2017 - 7:47 am

      I would love to see a picture of your cage tree.ReplyCancel

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