For some, there’s nothing like a Christmas tree to ring in the season. For others—who suffer from allergies, are working with a small space, or simply don’t have the time and patience to be sweeping pine needles off the floor—an actual tree might end up being more of a hassle. If you belong to the latter group, you might want to consider a Christmas tree stand-in. Here are five ideas to get you started.
A Cardboard Tree
In addition to being affordable, baby- and pet-safe, recyclable, and easy to store and reuse, cardboard trees come in a variety of sizes ranging from table-top models to large floor models.
A Fiberboard or Wood Cutout
Depending on how much space you have available, you can select a cutout that is either two or three dimensional. With this style of tree you can hang ornaments and even a tree topper.
This next idea is ideal for small-space-dwellers. Ready-made decals can be bought online and reused year-after-year. For an even craftier alternative, create your own decals using scissors and self-adhesive shelf liner. Decals are best used on surfaces such as fridges, windows, and walls.
This idea is particularly handy if you’ve got small children or pets who would otherwise get tangled up in a the lower branches of a real tree. Learn how to make your own ornament tree here.
To execute this creative idea, you can either coat a spare wall in chalkboard paint or find a large board that you can paint. Once it’s dry, use colourful chalk to draw out your tree and even a fireplace and stockings if you desire.