Alternative Christmas decorations: festive trees made from reclaimed wood, pampas and pompoms

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December is here and that means decorating season is officially open. And so the search for the perfect Christmas tree begins.

Perhaps you’re a) short on space b) looking for an eco-friendly option c) not that into falling needles on the floor or d) all of the above?

If so, consider giving ‘real fir’ the swerve and switching up your decorating scheme with something innovative instead.

Dare to be different with these alternative Christmas tree ideas – most of them you can even make yourself.

From deconstructed branches to colourful pom-poms, you certainly won’t be pining after a standard spruce.


Christmas logs with a twist. Hand-crafted in Wales from slices of reclaimed wood, no two trees are alike.

Maker Pip Hutchinson collects driftwood from the local beach as well as off-cuts from his own garden.

With a double-sided design, they’re real works of art you’ll cherish for a lifetime.


Rainbow and pampas? This alternative style, created by florist Isabella Roberts, ticks a lot of Instagram boxes.

Plus, when your tree’s this extra, you can keep it up all year round.

‘Cos unicorn-inspired pampas grass is for life, not just Christmas.


‘Tis the season to be jolly – and there’s nothing more fun than paper honeycomb trees, right?

Colour-lover Joy Cho’s blog is full of amazing DIY projects, but this is a firm favourite on Instagram.

Oh, and they’re bigger than you think – click through for the reveal.


Sticks, string and scissors are (pretty much) all you need to make this simple structure.

Photographer Tamsyn Morgans was inspired by a picture on Pinterest a few years back – but we’d say she’s more than made it her own!

Click through for the how-to (and follow for beautiful interior inspiration all year round).

As the self-proclaimed emporium of expressive homeware, Rockett St George knows how to do alternative Christmas style. We love this idea of foraging festive foliage to capture the magic of a traditional tree, albeit on a smaller scale.

Take one tree branch, jazz up with oversized baubles (circus stripes optional) plus lots of tiny twinkling lights.

Place in a vase, on your mantel or hang over your dining table for a very cool-looking yule indeed.

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