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Decorating the Christmas tree: six original trees for the holidays

If you fancy experimenting this year, don't miss these tips for an original Christmas tree that will impress all your family and friends. We also give you some more affordable options, so you don't need to spend too much and can still enjoy a fantastic Christmas at home.

We at IKEA love the traditional Christmas tree, but we also adore adding a distinctive Nordic touch to our decorations during the holiday season. Which is why this Christmas, we're proposing some alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree. Take note and choose the option that best suits you and your home!

1. A traditional tree with up-to-date decorations

If you can't bring yourself to do away with the typical Christmas tree, you can at least consider surrounding it in a much more spectacular way. In addition to the decorations that you hang on the tree, it's also important to decide what to place near it.

Our adorable little Santa Claus statues could be the best accessory for your Christmas tree, together with an cute surrounding display made up of bows, stars or a boot in which to leave Christmas presents.

All this, placed together in the same corner of your home, will create an atmosphere that will look as though it's come straight out of Santa Claus's workshop. Your Christmas tree really deserves good (and different) company this year!

2. A tree that is both simple and sophisticated

If you don't want a typical tree, but you do want something in your living room that performs the same function, this option is the one for you. The key feature is a gold-toned design that will add a very sophisticated touch to your room. A set of geometrical shapes that resemble a tree without actually being one is great for reinventing the traditional Christmas tree.

It doesn't need any decorative feature to highlight it, so it's a perfect solution if you're looking for a very simple type of decoration this Christmas. What you can do, though, is surround it with a set of fairy lights to add a special touch to your living room in the evening.

If you decide to customise it with coloured balls or other decorations, you can hang them with gold-toned hooks.

3. The perfect Christmas tree for small living rooms

A small living room shouldn't stop you from having a beautiful Christmas tree. This alternative felt tree that sticks to the wall is here to prove it. This is an option that will help you save space and some money too, since it's affordable and you won't need many decorations.

And the best thing about it? Apart from the fact that it's very practical, the result is extremely eye-catching and highly original. Your guests are sure to be impressed by this surprising tree.

As in the photo, you can hang some small coloured balls from a few gold-toned hooks to add an extra touch of colour. And if you want to complete your festive corner, you can also add some pretty decorations under the tree.

4. A mini-Christmas tree for contemporary homes

If you don't yet have a collector's display box like this one in your home, we recommend you get one, and not just for Christmas. It is quite simply the ideal solution for easily changing your decor periodically, depending on the time of year.

Inside, you can create different types of themed displays, like in this case for Christmas. We chose to fill it with a small fir tree and some coloured balls, which not only hang from the tree but are also arranged around it to create an even more typical Christmas scene.

Once again, this is a perfect and highly original alternative for small flats where there isn't enough space to fit a full-sized fir-tree.

5. A plant turned into a Christmas tree

An indoor plant can be a great alternative for putting up a Christmas tree without going for the typical fir. And although you can set it up on the floor, we recommend that you find a place for it on top of a high piece of furniture. That way everybody can see it easily!

You can put it up in many different ways. For example, you can always use a pretty flowerpot stand with Christmas patterns on it—even one that you painted yourself! You can also wrap it with Christmas paper to pretend that the plant is the gift itself. With some fairy lights around it, it will look fantastic and create a truly magical ambience. Finally, here is one of our favourite options. You can place your indoor plant in a basket, such as the FLÅDIS, to give it a unique look. You can also use the basket later for other plants, to store your blankets next to the sofa, to hold the children's toys etc. We love things that have several lives and can be used for many different purposes!

6. Wall decor in the shape of a tree

We're finishing off this list of ideas with one of the most innovative of all: a tree on the wall made up of different decor elements. If you're interested in creating an eye-catching Christmas tree that doesn't take up much space and is very affordable, this is the one for you!

To make it, all you'll need are several strips of wood of different lengths that should be placed with the shortest at the top and the longest at the bottom, to form a triangular-shaped tree. Then you'll need a connecting feature, such as a set of fairy lights or a ribbon, which you will need to hang from a hook at the top. Finally, you can add some decorative features, which could be traditional decorations such as the coloured balls from the first option or something more unconventional, such as photos of your family and friends. Of course, you can also combine them both if you want the result to be even more eye-catching. Something tells us that you won't find two trees like this that are the same!

Which of all these trees did you like best? We don't know which one to choose, we like them all! What we do know is that whichever one you choose, this year's decorations will be really different. Here at IKEA, we wish you a very merry Christmas and leave you several other articles below with other tips, so you can keep looking for inspiration. Check them out!

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.