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December 9, 2013

Would you consider an alternative to a holiday tradition?

Possibly a repurposed Christmas tree . . . . . .


 According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a billion
computers worldwide will be discarded over the next 5 years.
Maybe a 'techno tree' isn't such a bad idea:

Although this lighted silhouette tree was strung outside,
the idea can also be replicated inside the house:

What can you do with a pile of cardboard strips? 

How 'bout adding a little green florist
tape and making a Christmas tree?!

Designer Giles Miller created a 20 foot
tall tree using 3,600 pieces of cardboard:

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Kindling has more uses than just for starting fires:


This is one of my favorite uses of a chalk wall:
 I love the little bird drawn on the light fixture!


 Well, we don't have to wonder what to do with those small balls
of yarn and extra coat hangers we all have lying around, do we?!

A teepee tree?!

Consider donating your surplus hardback books to the
thrift shop after you've used them this Christmas.
Andrea Springer

Jessica Rew

Yes, creating a Christmas tree out of books is a novel idea!

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If you're not interested in using the books,
maybe you'd consider using the pages:

Home Talk

Apartment Therapy

A board, a few nails, some string . . . . . .

Creative Works

 Decal Christmas trees add a whimsical touch to your Christmas décor:


Swedish artist Michael Johansson creates sculptures
from found objects.  His faux Christmas tree doubles
in size when stacked against a mirror:

I've always been a traditional kind of gal
but I'm kind of diggin' this painted tree:

If you or a neighbor have cut down an unwanted
tree maybe it could be upcycled this holiday:

Or maybe just a few branches would do:

French By Design

Whether you choose a traditional Christmas tree or an
adventurous alternative, it definitely reflects your personality.


  1. These are GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

    1. They're so creative and perfect for students in dorms or folks who don't want to put up a tree. I really like the painted tree as a holiday decoration. -- Jan

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    1. Some of these would be great in a commercial setting or at a school. The book trees would be ideal in a library, wouldn't they? -- Jan

  3. I love these. I'll stick with our real tree as long as possible, but it's nice to think we could be creative if necessary!

    1. I'm just too much of a traditionalist to give up a real tree but these would be darling in schools or offices. Thanks for stopping by! -- Jan

  4. WOW!!! What more can I say. Every time I saw one that I thought couldn't be topped, you showed me another.
    I cam amazed!
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

    1. They're really are some imaginative tree ideas, aren't they? Even if you put up a real tree these would be cute as additional decorations. -- Jan

  5. Incredible ideas. I have actually done one or two of these but on a small scale. I had talent and didn't even know it! lol

    1. I imagine that a lot of the 'alternative' trees could be found in single young adults' homes. After you have children it's almost impossible to not have a traditional tree. Even if you didn't use one as your primary tree, most still make darling holiday decorations. -- Jan

  6. Jan- One idea is more clever than the next. Oh- I love them all. What fun!!! xo Diana

    1. Some really are funny, aren't they? -- Jan

  7. Hi Jan,
    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the comment you left on my blog. It's nice to meet you. I hope you visit all of my blogs. I actually have 4 of them and you can find those links on the blog you visited (KaysWay). I adopted my dog Hiker after my husband passed away 2 1/2 years ago and she gave me a reason to live again. She is my best buddy. I love all of these Christmas trees. They are so cool. Please drop by my blogs anytime. I will enjoy your comments.


    1. I'm so sorry for your loss but our little furry friends really help us heal, don't they? I'll definitely check out your other blogs. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jan

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    1. They're very imaginative, aren't they? Love the creativity of them all. -- Jan

  9. What creative ideas! I am simply smitten with a few of them and now the wheels are turning...maybe I will make one for next year.

    1. Some of my favorites are the ones made from branches and twigs - they seem so Scandinavian and chic. Cut trees kind of make me sad, I really like a live tree that can be planted after the holidays. Thanks so much for stopping by! -- Jan

  10. Wow, some pretty unique trees! I love the teepee tree.

  11. Matthew 17
    [4] Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
    [5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
    [6] And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
    [7] And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
    [8] And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
    [9] And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

    Revelation 16
    [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
    [20] And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.



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