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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2009 10:03:20 AM »

this newspaper tree is really funny (but an interesting idea): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgrx1KG-lDU

maybe make a bunch of these "trees" in different sizes and use them as branches for a bigger tree?  you could attach them to pvc pipe with wire, like that mtn dew tree.


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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2009 10:28:30 AM »

These sites have some alternative tree ideas, not all of them are recrafted, but they are interesting

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3134335126/

Tomato cage trees:

Coat Hanger trees:

Paper back book or magazine with good binding tree:

Bottle tree:

Paper tree:

Tinsel garland tree:

Recycled light bulb tree:

Macrame christmas tree:

Here are some trees that I found and kept pictures of (I have no idea where I found them originally so I apologize if they are yours):

Hope this gives you some more ideas.  Another idea would be to make a tree similar to the cupcake trees that are so popular right now and put decorations on the different shelves, like nutcrackers.  You may have to adjust the shelves' width and/or heighth but I think it would look cool.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2009 10:35:19 AM »

I forgot about the tomato cage ones. We wrap garland and lights around them, and they go out with the lit reindeer in the front yard.

« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2009 12:54:36 PM »

I saw a fantastic Christmas tree idea in Australia's "RealLiving" magazine recently: someone had taken an arty photo of a tree (any type of tree would do) and then had it blown up to about 5 or 6 foot high.  This was then stuck onto the wall, gifts placed at the bottom and christmas cards stuck around it.  It looked fantastic!  And you can roll it up and store it away for next year at the end of the Christmas period.

« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2009 08:50:20 PM »

I saw somebody--I think it might have been on craftster!--make a christmas tree out of concentric hula hoops, hung from each other by wire and then finally from the ceiling.  They decorated it like normal.  Very cool.  You could also use embroidery hoops or bicycle tires--really anything ring-shaped.

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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2009 10:03:39 PM »

My idea is similar to Granny_Leah's. Its something I'm thinking about doing this year. You could cut a christmas tree shape out of green contact paper and stick it on the wall..then to decorate it you have a few options. You could color on it with markers/paint etc. Or you could stick those little 3M adhesive hangers to that to hang ornaments from. Or just tack the ornaments to the wall ...or use stickers as "ornaments"
Not exactly recycling though! haha

One idea i had a few years back was to build a shelving unit that was triangular and paint it green and just put the presents on that... that could be out of recycled material! lol

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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2009 01:29:04 AM »

i was thinking about this the other day too. i thought mayb plastic bottles, prolly similar to some of the other suggestions. i was also thinking about trying to construct one using cutlery - forks n spoons, there are heaps of different trees to try!

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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2009 07:50:00 AM »

ohhhh wow a lot of links to follow!
and plastic cutlery, somehow that one is calling me!  maybe not this year, no patience, but one day.  that would look so cool with the transparent and/or metallic ones.
the photo one would be good if we had a blank wall, but we don't.

the other night i ended up making a tiny tabletop tree out of some metallic pipecleaners and star garlands that i had bought on after-christmas clearance to make mardi-gras masks with my beginning French class.  
who knows, i might get inspired to make more, though.
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2009 02:51:32 AM »

I totally forgot to post on here..

We didn't have a tree last year, it was just my partner and I and we go to out families place, so we didn't feel it was necessary to have one, but this year I decided I wanted a tree.

However, I'm super lazy, and a little bit cheap, if I wanted a proper tree it was going to have to be a very nice plush one with plenty of branches and stuff, not those cheap ugly ones. So I skipped the tree and spent $6.20 on my "tree"

I bought two lengths of green non sparkly tinsel, that has white tips, and a package of 8 small baubles and some of that sting that has the plastic balls on it. With the tinsel I blu-tacked it to the wall in the shape of the tree and then threaded the "ball string" around it to look like tinsel, and then blu-tacked the baubles to the wall with the tree, I had to buy a brown paper bag to carry everything home, which was 20c, so I cut that into the shape of the trunk or the pot it sits in...

It looks pretty good considering how much it cost and I get a little bit of christmas cheer when I look at it Smiley

I really like all the other ideas here too, I may have to steal some for next year unless I find the tree of my dreams!


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« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2010 06:40:42 AM »

Wow - I posted this question a few years ago and got no responses - glad to see someone asked again  Grin! These are all great ideas!  I especially love the hula hoop idea & the tomato cage idea.

I recently saw a pic on a blog where they made a metal tree frame, and taped magazine pages all over, then rolled the bottom of the pages so it had that swoop look of a bough. Of course, now I can't find that link & my description probably doesn't make much sense!  Grrr.
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