This idea for an alternative Christmas tree has been in the making for a few weeks’ now.
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.
Now I’ve seen a fair few non traditional Christmas trees on Pinterest but really wanted to create something that would work in their home.
I’ve spotted some fab ladder versions but they’d potentially take up as much (if not more) room as a regular tree.
And I’ve seen lots of lovely wall-hanging trees made of twigs and twine. But they’re a bit rustic for my friend’s taste.
So my idea for an alternative Christmas tree is a little different.
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.
You could 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.
But my friend’s house is fairly minimal and I thought a classic combination of white gold and silver would work really well in their home.
I quite like the ‘white on white’ shelf and wall combo; I love how the colour comes from the decorations themselves.
As she didn’t have a huge amount of tree decorations, we went on a bauble buying mission to HomeSense.
They have the best selection of Christmas decs plus this year they’re supporting The Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme with a fabulous ‘Hang A Bauble’ campaign.
There are quite a few options to suit all budgets — you can pick up paper decorations, chocolate coins, lollies or bags for as little as £1 — the sale of which ensures that a charitable donation is made to the trust.
My fave were these gorgeous glass ones. They’re available in red, gold and silver and cost just £3.99.
And the best thing is, £1.70 from every bauble goes to the Achieve Programme which provides young people with the space and attention they need to learn skills, develop confidence, raise aspirations and improve their attitude to learning.
Definitely a gift that keeps on giving.
Plus they look good!
So that’s it.
My alternative Christmas tree.
A fabulous, space saving alternative to a traditional tree. A little unorthodox but perfect for small rooms or for people that want something a little different from the norm.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!
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This post is in collaboration with the lovely team at HomeSense but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.
Pop into store and do your bit for charity this Christmas by buying one of The Prince’s Trust decorations.