Holiday Extravaganza: My Favorite Creative Trees

Sure, there's nothing wrong with a super traditional red, white and green-all-over tree, but us crafty and creative folk sometimes always love to bend the rules. Introducing: my 7 favorite creative holiday trees for the season!:

1. Have a few spare cupcake liners lying around? Of course you do! Get to work a la Sweet Paul style.
2. Gather your kids for a nature walk, create some patterns and get crafty with a painted rock tree.
3. Turn the average Charlie Brown tree into a chic and glamorous statement with candlesticks and metallic dressings.

4. Crafty gal Dottie Angel wins cutest tree of the year award. Swoon!
5. Genius! A bookshelf tree? I'll take two.

6. If you've got some time and a steady hand, why not tackle this paper tree? Add glitter, glue and you've got quite a pretty accent on your hands!
7. Of course, the easiest option could always be a fabric tree. Perfect for a mess-free kid's room!

Any I missed? Let us know in the comment section below!

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A new take on O Tannenbaum

Christmas trees remind me of gifts and gifts remind me of ribbons…wait, that sounds familiar. I must be feeling the season, because now my thoughts turn to the Christmas tree and all its decorated glory and contagious happiness.  But everyone has their own version of happiness beyond the traditional tree and that's just fine.

Take for instance a whimsical tree composed of found objects by artist Jane Schouten. It's a patchwork of delight that'll fill the season with joy, as well as the whole year through.


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Oh My, Oh My, O Christmas Tree

When I was young, I lived in an area where it was very traditional to go to a Christmas Tree farm and cut down a Christmas Tree.  We never did that.  Instead, we got ours from the parking lot at the local garden supply store, but still…it was tradition and in my little-kid mind, that was the way it was done then and that was the way it was supposed to be done by everyone.

I've grown a bit and matured (some) and come to the realization that of course, not every one has the same childhood memories as me and thus not everyone identifies with what I consider to be traditional.

It was only a few years ago that I was introduced the the wonder and spectacle of the aluminum Christmas tree.  Clearly, this isn't a new concept:

I was working for an event decor company at the time and they had a gorgeous holiday party set up for a local construction company.  Each area of the company was decorated in a different way, one traditional, one very modern. one Victorian…but the kids area was '50s inspired and it had a beautiful, white, aluminum, rotating Christmas tree with colorful uplighting.  It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.


Ever since, I have been captivated by aluminum Christmas trees and their whimsey, nostalgia and beauty.  Here are some fun inspiration pictures I have found around the web lately:

Nicole at Making it Lovely got her hands on this amazing, PINK tree last Christmas.  I can't wait to see what she does with it this year.


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12 Wooden Tabletop Trees

Tabletop trees bring holiday flair to small living rooms, console tables, kids' rooms … really any space in the home. I'm particularly fond of wooden versions. Whether decorated or left unadorned, they can be a lovely (and often more environmentally-friendly) alternative to live, cut, or artificial trees. Here are 12 of my favorite wooden tabletop trees. In many cases, their modern shapes and neutral colors extend their appeal beyond the holidays, too.

I gasped the first time I saw Büro North's Frigg, Rindd, and Gryder trees. Not only are they incredibly stylish, but they're also sustainably designed and produced in Melbourne, Australia.

The Wooden Die-Cut Evergreen Trees on the left are actually sold as wedding table centerpieces but they could certainly be used in the home, as well. At right, Crate & Barrel's Wooden Trees made from plywood with a white lacquer finish.


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