The Alternative Christmas Tree


November 29, 2014 by lovenellie

It’s that time of year again when we all start asking ourselves what type of tree it is that does not shed its pine needles in the back of the car before you have even got it through the front door. If you are out looking this weekend for a tree then the best ones are the Nordman Fir as these have much better needle retention but they can be more expensive and harder to find. Norway Spruce is the variety stocked by most Christmas Tree stockists but it may mean you will ultimately end up with a Hoover bag full of needles BUT there are a few things that you can do to help the situation:

Make sure it has a good drink of water before bringing it in to the house, maybe leave it in a bucket of water for 24 hours outside and then bring it in.

Make sure that you invest in a good water holding Christmas Tree stand and keep the water topped up on a daily basis.

Cut half an inch from the base of the trunk to allow the tree to take up water – as the pores will have dried out at the end of the trunk

Position your tree away from heat, I know if may look fantastic positioned next to your open fire but the heat wont do it any good. It’s not a palm tree its meant to be found in colder climates!!

However if your brave and want to make a break from tradition and go for something a bit alternative there are lots of new and clever ideas for a Christmas tree. I am not talking about one of those plastic ones that you have to spend hours assembling making sure that all the branches go in the right place. Most of the time you they mean that you wish Christmas was over before it had started,you shouldn’t need a degree in engineering to decorate your home!!

Whilst running the Love Local Market I came across local company A+B Furniture  who make this contemporary oak tree, it looks great either decorated with a string of fairy lights or dressed with your best baubles.Supplied as a self assembly kit, it is beautifully simple to make.


Another  style of  tree I loved was Timbatrees are made from FSC certified redwood, sourced from smiling forests in Sweden and Finland. A top quality softwood, these trees will last for years and years.


 Sarah Moore also has a fantastic alternative which she makes from lampshades and you can see more from this blog post where she explains how it can be done, charity shops are always full of old lampshades that have gone out of fashion so snap them upor ask Sarah to make one for you.


If your feeling like making something yourself then how about this, you could use garden canes and tie them together to make something similar, I love the way that the gifts can actually be stored within the shape of the tree.


Pallets are free and found everywhere and who doesn’t love a pallet up-cycle project. I love the looks of these three.



My Pinterest board on Christmas Decorations is packed full of ideas and inspiration but I think that even a vase filled with branches looks amazing with your Christmas Decorations hanging from them, for an extra special look give the branches a spray with Rustoleum spray paint in white. You don’t have to have any creative genes to be able to do this, just stick with the same colour palette with the decorations and you will be amazed at the results.

I would love to see any of your creations why not post a picture on the Love Nellie facebook page, its great to share creative tips.

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Just a few ideas for you.My top tip is that the upside down Christmas tree is never going to take on… no not even in Australia !!!


Happy Decorating all……………

Love Lynne xx


One thought on “The Alternative Christmas Tree

  1. Cool one Lynne, we love the lampshades and canes, v creative. I’ve made hanging cane arrangemenst for the barn will send you a photo!

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