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Christmas tree alternatives: Steel, paper, even vinyl decals

December 9, 2011 | 10:55 am

  Christmas tree alternatives

-sheets treeForget the real-versus-fake Christmas tree debate. Today it's easy to bring the holidays to your home without a tree at all. Reusable tabletop figurines, handcrafted sculpture, ornament holders suspended from the ceiling and even eye-fooling decals for the wall are fun and fuss-free ways to celebrate regardless of tree allergies or space constraints.

Best of all? These alterna-trees just might bring a smile to your grumpiest houseguest. And they're designed to last longer than just one season.

To see more than a dozen examples, keep reading ...

Hashimoto Tree
The 5-foot-tall Christmas tree wall decals by Jacob Hashimoto and ...

Keyson Savage Tree

... the collaborative duo Keyson & Savage are from Artware Editions. Both are made from die-cut reusable vinyl. The trees can be stuck to the wall or pinned into place. The decals are sold as limited editions, $125 each. Photo credit for both: Artware Editions.


PossibiliTree wooden trees come in 3-foot tabletop versions ($160 to $195) or a 6-foot version that hangs from the ceiling ($350), all crafted in cherry, walnut or birch. Photo credit: PossibiliTree.


Totem tree
The Totem Tree, pictured above and at the top of the post, is from Kidsonroof. It's a 3-D puzzle made of more than 170 recycled cardboard pieces, including two birds, a birdhouse and mushrooms growing on the tree trunk. It’s 27 inches high and costs $32 at Little Junebugs in Pasadena. Credit for all Totem Tree photos: Kidsonroof.


West Elm Wooden Cutout Trees
Wooden Cutout Trees crafted from plywood create a contemporary winter forest. The trees are sold out online but are still available at some West Elm stores. The small tree is $9, the large tree $29. Photo credit: West Elm.


Anthropologie shaggy tree
The large shaggy tree at Anthropologie is made with heather-colored felt tubes reminiscent of shag carpeting. It’s 23 inches tall and costs $148. A smaller version is $98. Photo credit: Anthropologie.


Anthropologie stacked paper pine tree
Printed pages cut with pinking shears create a stacked paper pine that’s 13 inches high. Price: $48 at Anthropologie. Photo credit: Anthropologie.


Anthropologie tree
Paper and tiny white ball ornaments form a curled paper pine. It’s $128 at Anthropologie. Photo credit: Anthropologie.


Chiasso trees
Trees made of powder-coated metal create a Mod tricolored set that’s $88 at Chiasso. Photo credit: Chiasso.


Tannenboing’s modern Christmas tree is made from recycled aluminum. It can springs open more than 6 feet and holds more than 200 items. At the end of the season, it can be packed flat. Price: $395. Photo credit: Kim Doyel.


Festive Tree 4022

For the Craftsman lover, perhaps? Festive Tree’s 4-foot sculptures are carved from sturdy hardwoods. They come in three designs, $195 to $250. Photo credit: Greg West Photography.


Wisteria tree with candles
Graduated iron tiers mimic the shape of a Christmas tree in this candelabrum from Wisteria. It’s about 2 feet wide at the base, about 5.5 feet tall and designed to hold 1-inch tapers. The base removes from the body for easy storing. Regularly $329, it’s on sale for $197.40. Photo credit: Wisteria.


Sundance Milagros tree
The handcrafted iron Milagro tree available onine through the Sundance catalog is graced with small metal charms known as milagros, or miracles. The tree is 31 inches tall and costs $88. Photo credit: Sundance.

The silver manzanita table decoration made by the California design firm Roost is adorned with porcelain acorn ornaments. After the holidays, the tree can be used as a jewelry holder. The tree is $230; the ornaments are $27 for a set of six small acorns and $31 for a set of four large ones. They're available online at Fawbush & Schulz. Photo credit: Roost.

-- Lisa Boone


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