History has it that Martin Luther was the first to decorate a tree Christmas Eve and lit candles on the trees in honor Christ’s birth. Since then things have gotten a little safer; electrical lights and now LED lights have replaced open fires (brilliant), and there are an array of decorations to boot. However, for the most part, the tree itself has remained the same. Sure there is a large population of people out there that use an artificial tree, but they still look like the prototypical tree: really, really green and with that clean pyramid shape all the way up. Finally there has been a creative spark and with a little designing and work you to could have a wicked-awesome tree that puts all your neighbors to shame. Oh, and if you don’t want to put the effort out to make it yourself, you can buy these alternative Christmas Trees.
Not sure what to do with the left over cardboard boxes after the kids are done opening their BB rifles and cabbage patch dolls (or whatever kids are playing with these days)? How about trying to make your next Christmas tree out of it. Not only are you being green and brown, but you don’t actually have to take the trash out that afternoon. It can be a sweet family project, not unlike doing the dishes. The nice thing is they are light weight, don’t drop leaves, and they can be painted. Don’t want to buy one? That’s OK. A three foot tree only costs $20 USD, not too shabby even considering the fact that it’s pretty much cut up garbage/recycling!
Have a scroll saw or jig saw that not getting the usage it really should? Maybe you should consider the plywood Christmas tree. The detail is up to you, but as you can see, it can be quite intricate if you want it to be. The great thing here is the pine/wood smell without the leaves, watering, or pets trying to mark their territory. Just be prepared to do a lot of cutting or if you plan on buying one, a lot of waiting and spending. The only one in stock now is the small one and that will run you a cool $149 AUD or about $152 USD plus shipping and handling which they won’t even calculate for you unless you call them.
Here’s a nice artsy-fartsy Christmas tree thingy that would be difficult to make yourself unless you have some laser cutting or metallurgy skills. Originally this thing was just a fun take on the traditional Christmas tree, but as you might notice, it does have a monkey hanging from one of the lower branches and is now called the African Tree. It’s made of thin gauge steel and laser etched, which may be difficult for you to do with that retrofitted easy bake oven that you have in the garage. But at $55 USD and in red or white it’s still a pretty cool addition to the festivities.
The Possibili Tree is a wooden tree that has rows of ‘branches’ that can be fanned out in different directions. Just imagine all the possibilities. Oh wait, I see, get it possibility – Possibili Tree, that’s pretty clever. This one could be pretty simply made as long as you can get the ‘branches’ drilled out properly. Otherwise, maybe you should consider picking one up, again a little pricy at $160 USD for the 3 ft model; it comes in walnut, cherry or birch. However, this a limited time offer (they only make a select amount every year), so act now before this deal is gone, gone, gone.
The final coolest alternative Christmas tree on the list is one that can be made quick and easy at home. In fact, you can find plans and a material list right on Lowe’s website. This very simple ‘nuts –n – bolts’ tree is made with nuts and bolts and a few pine slats. Like the Possibili Tree, it is adjustable, paintable, designable, and screw-up-able. With actual tea light candles we would be stepping back into the bad-old days in terms of safety, but they suggest LED tea lights. You’ve got those, right?
What do you think? Real tree? Fake tree? Alternative “Trees”? Do you use something different entirely? Let us know in the comments below!