Variations on a Theme
A tree is a staple in many houses this time of year, and families often look forward to the traditions that come with it—the garlands, tinsel, lights, and decorations that bring memories of past holidays. But for some tannenbaum-trimmers, a Christmas tree offers an opportunity to exercise their creativity, to make something that is truly all their own. Here are 11 nontraditional trees sure to put a smile on your face!
Dripping With Gingerbread
To eat or not to eat? Decorated with gingerbread cookies and houses, this tree presents a huge temptation for anyone with a sweet tooth. In our opinion, the best part is that there's no need to carefully pack away the ornaments for next year—just invite some friends over to eat the cookies and you're done!
A Blue Christmas
Pick your favorite color and go crazy from top to bottom. Tinsel, garland, lights, and ornaments of a single hue make for a tree that stands out. Take this idea to the next level by wrapping, ribbon-ing, and bow-ing your gifts in the same color.
Nautical (but Nice!)
Whether or not the beach is nearby, you can decorate your tree with shells and sea animals to pay tribute to sunny, sandy climes. While the tree here is decorated with faux sea finds, we think it would be nice to revisit your summer vacation and fashion ornaments from the shells, sand dollars, and driftwood you scavenged at the beach.
Fun With Fonts on Firs
From winter wonderland to peppermint paradise, this red and white tree is full of peppermint swirls (and the occasional gingerbread house), sending visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. Make sure to include plenty of candy canes so your houseguests can quench the peppermint craving that's sure to ensue.
Animals on Parade
A sparsely decorated tree draped in burlap gives a rustic vibe to your family's holiday. After you're done wrapping it around the tree, use the rest of the roll to wrap gifts that will be placed under the tree. A novice sewer can also repurpose the material into stockings for the mantel.
Monochrome and Magical
This is the perfect tree for people who see the world in black and white. This tree scheme proves that even if you strictly adhere to a monochromatic palette in your living room, you can still celebrate the holidays (although we don't think it would hurt to throw in a little red, silver, or gold).
An Origami Original
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