Holiday Tree Alternatives for Horrifically Small Living Spaces

Love the idea of a tree sparkling with holiday fairy lights, but have a living room the size of a closet? Don’t worry. That’s why God made really small trees. And alternatives. (No fake plastic trees included! You can figure those out on you own.)

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A really small tree

Seems obvious, but there are plenty of people waiting to sell you a Christmas tree that’s barely sprouted. Don’t be discouraged by the very small size; you’ll just have to keep some of your ornaments in their boxes this year. When in doubt: just get a tree branch, stick it in some water. At least it will smell good. You’ve seen Charlie Brown’s tree.

If You Can’t Find One, Make One

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Fake tree, real plant

Underdeveloped tree or branch not doing it for you? Get a plant that looks close enough, looks fully developed, but’s still really small. Rosemary plants can be trimmed to look like miniature trees. You can also stock up on other festive plants, like poinsettia or mistletoe—just check their hazards first, kids and cats shouldn’t be eating them.

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Make your own

There are lots of DIY projects that result in tree-shaped image. Some of these include: hanging all your holiday cards in the shape of a tree; tacking Christmas lights to the wall in the shape of a tree; stacking presents or other objects into a tree you deconstruct on Christmas day (don’t forget to bedeck it in lights); projecting the shadow of a small tree ornament; hanging ornaments in the outline of a tree, directly onto the wall. Here’s some visual inspiration if you need some! However you can make your home feel cozy for the holidays, well, that’s as good as any tree.

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