Alternative Christmas Decor | An Alternative Christmas Tree

I shared this idea for an alternative Christmas tree a few years ago but —with Christmas looming on the horizon — I thought I’d resurrect it!

Folk are always looking for creative new ways to decorate their homes (Pinterest is full of alternative Christmas decor) and this alternative Christmas tree is too good not to share.

Once Upon a Time

I had been chatting to a friend about Christmas and getting a bit over-excited about our annual tree buying day.

The fact we always have a fairly large, real tree; the tradition of decorating it. The scent of the pine needles.

And she said, much as she’d love to have a tree in their sitting room at Christmas — real or otherwise — they simply didn’t have the space for one.

Instead, they had a tiny fake tree that sat upon the window ledge.

She said they always made an effort to decorate the rest of the room but were sadly lacking in the tree department, due to floorspace being in short supply.

Which got me thinking about how we could create an alternative Christmas tree to fit her space.

What Is An Alternative Christmas Tree?

Now I’ve seen a fair few non traditional Christmas trees on Pinterest; there are fab ladder versions but they’d potentially take up as much (if not more) room as a regular tree.

I’ve seen lots of lovely wall-hanging trees too, made of twigs and twine.

But they’re a bit rustic for my friend’s taste. I really wanted to create something that would work in her contemporary styled home.

So my idea for an alternative Christmas tree is a little different.

An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries

It’s a wall mounted ‘tree’ made from ledges, that you can display your decorations on.

Really easy to make; just saw lengths of 4 x 2 timber (I used 4 although you could use more to create a huge ‘tree’ with loads of tiers).

To give you an idea, my top tier was 15cm long. The second was 30cm, the third 50cm and the fourth was 70cm.

I spaced each baton 15cm apart, horizontally, making sure they were nicely centred and level. Use a spirit level for this (there’s nothing worse than wonky shelves)!

Then I used contact strips to stick them to the wall.

Finally, I piled each ledge with as many spangly, pretty things that would fit.

An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries

Switch It Up

You could switch it up and paint the ledges a foresty green colour to look a little more like a real tree.

Or paint each ledge a different colour and have corresponding baubles; red baubles on a red ledge, blue on a blue ledge etc…

The possibilities are endless.

My friend’s house is fairly minimal and I thought a classic combination of white gold and silver would work really well in her home.

I quite like the ‘white on white’ shelf and wall combo; I love how the colour comes from the decorations themselves.

An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries
An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries

So that’s it.

My alternative Christmas tree.

A fabulous, space saving alternative to a traditional tree.

It’s a little unorthodox but perfect for small rooms or for people that want something a little different from the norm.

An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries

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Make An Alternative Christmas Tree

Make An Alternative Christmas Tree

If space is at a premium, this idea for an alternative Christmas tree might be perfect for your Christmas home. All you need is a little bit of free wall-space.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Lengths of 4 x 2 (100cm x 50cm) timber. I used 4 although you could use more to create a huge 'tree' with loads of tiers
  • Heavy Duty Contact Strips — Command PH206
  • Paint
  • Christmas Tree Decorations
  • Fairy Lights

Tools

  • Saw — unless you buy pre-cut pieces of timber
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level

Instructions

    1. Saw lengths of 4 x 2 (100cm x 50cm) timber.

      I used 4 pieces for my alternative Christmas tree, but you could use more to create a huge 'tree' with loads of tiers (if you have the wall-space).

      My top tier was 15cm long. The second was 30cm, the third 50cm and the fourth was 70cm.
    2. Space the batons on the wall at regular intervals; and mark where each one will go.

      I spaced each of my batons at 15cm apart.
    3. Use your contact strips to stick the batons, horizontally, to the wall (making note of the manufacturers instructions).

      Make sure each baton is nicely centred and level.

      Use a spirit level for this (there's nothing worse than wonky shelves).
    4. Decorate your alternative Christmas tree with fairy lights and baubles.

Notes

You can paint the ledges any colour you like! A foresty green colour to look a little more like a real tree.

Or paint each ledge a different colour and have corresponding baubles; red baubles on a red ledge, blue on a blue ledge etc...

The possibilities are limitless.

An alternative Christmas tree by The Twinkle Diaries

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

32 thoughts on “Alternative Christmas Decor | An Alternative Christmas Tree

  1. Absolutely beautiful and so so pretty :) You clever thing! Love the idea and how stunning for any home. Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

    1. Thanks lovely!! I know!! Haha!! It wasn’t the most topical of posts — given that Christmas is over — but I was so sad not to be able to share it last year!!! LOL!! I like to think I’m early for next Christmas, rather than being late for last!! ;)

  2. I love your wall mounted Christmas tree – I guess the trick is narrow shelves. We have a couple, of floating shelves at home which seem to float out and down, which is a bit disconcerting …
    Happy New Year,
    Julie

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