Think Christmas trees have got a bit, well, predictable? Maybe it’s time to mix things up…
Christmas trees may be a glorious symbol of the most festive time of year, but that doesn’t mean they come without complications.
Carrying the blooming things home is a struggle in itself, not to mention the extra hoover action that comes into play when your chosen fir scatters those spiky little pine needles all over the floor. And don’t even get us started on the amount of space they take up: for those of us living in small studios, apartments or house shares, there just isn’t room for a tree in our personal space – no matter how festive it may be.
Which is why we were very interested in the alternative Christmas tree ideas that have been popping up all over Pinterest: not only do they look pretty damn funky, but they are spectacularly easy to construct and maintain, too. Best of all, though, is the fact that they make a huge impact without taking up lots of room: perfect for anyone who wants to maximise those Christmassy vibes without losing half their living room.
So, what are these new Christmas tree trends taking over the holiday season?
Let us introduce you to the pineapple and the washi tape tree…
The Pineapple Christmas Tree
Winter blues getting too much? The tropical looking pineapple tree could be the ray of sunshine your home needs. When we say this little guy is easy to make, we really mean it: in its simplest form, you literally just hang a few baubles off the green, spiky leaves protruding upwards from your fruit.
How far you go with this one is really up to you. A festive pineapple works well as a centrepiece for your table, nestled in a fireplace or plonked on a mantlepiece for a fun festive touch.
However, some dedicated Pinterest users have taken things further and built a bigger structure from fruit or multiple pineapples. Which, yes, looks very impressive, but it is a tad harder to achieve.
In terms of decoration, there’s a lot to be said for embracing the tropical, feel-good theme and adding a pair of sunglasses to your pineapple. Then again, you may prefer to keep things traditional with a sprig of tinsel.
Or, if you’re set on sticking up two fingers to the traditional red and green themes of Christmas, why not go one step further with a fun, bright colour?
Love the pineapple trend but think this all looks a little too wacky for your liking? Well, you can still reference the juicy movement with a quirky bauble.
We suggest something like this little cutie from Urban Outfitters, priced at £12.
The washi tape Christmas tree
Pinterest has also reported that washi tape Christmas tree images posted on the site has increased by 91%, indicating that the 2D trend is more popular than ever.
For those that are unfamiliar with washi tape, it’s usually patterned or produced in bright colours, deriving from a traditional type of Japanese paper.
Although it’s been a popular tool of crafters for a long time, the product has recently taken a Christmassy turn with people sticking it to walls in the shape of a tree, instead of purchasing the real thing.
We must admit, unless you’ve actually seen a washi tape tree for yourself, the idea can sound a little uninspiring. But trust us when we say that nothing could be further from the truth: not only is it easy to recreate and inexpensive, there are some really cool washi designs online.
The beauty of washi tape is that you can really let your creative juices flow, with the size of your wall being your own boundary. Pinterest users have experimented with adding baubles, tinsel, fairy lights and creating their own paper-based decorations to add to washi tape trees - all of which, you could argue, have more personality than a traditional fir.
Getting your mitts on washi tape isn’t hard either. Hobbycraft has a large selection and. if you’re on the look out for especially twee patterns, Paperchase have some super cute options that range from £3 for a single roll to £8 for a set.
We reckon this is enough to get you festively inspired, but there’s no need to stop there. Take a look at our alternative Christmas tree ideas for a whole host of unique seasonal suggestions for your home.