30+ Upcycling Ideas for Alternative Christmas Trees

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Alternative Christmas Trees

In the world of upcycling, there are two fundamental truths. Anything round (or round-ish) can become a pumpkin and anything triangular can become a Christmas tree. And as much as I love real pumpkins and real Christmas trees, I also love unique versions such as the alternative Christmas trees that I’ve gathered for your inspiration.

Even though I’ve already put together a collection of recycled Christmas decor to inspire you, I decided that I wanted a separate collection of upcycling ideas that were specific to trees.

Besides, I’m certainly no stranger to unique Christmas trees that I’ve upcycled and repurposed. Take, for instance, this Christmas tree craft that I made from a coffee mug tree

Nordic Christmas tree from a coffee cup tree

Or this Boho-inspired Christmas tree from a bamboo wine rack.

Boho Christmas tree from a bamboo wine rack

See what I mean, though? If you try hard enough and believe in yourself, just about anything can become a Christmas tree!

Whether you need a wall Christmas tree or a small tabletop tree, there is a Christmas tree craft out there, just waiting for you to give it a try. 

Upcycled version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

And with alternative Christmas trees that are made from ladders, reclaimed wood, or even lampshades, there are full size tree ideas out there, too.

Nesting baskets as Christmas decor with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments

So, I’ve gathered some of my favorite recycled Christmas decor ideas for trees into one easy source of inspiration for you! They are all recycled, repurposed, or upcycled and use any number of items from your home, garage, or even the side of the curb.

Alternative Christmas Trees and Recycled Christmas Decor

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There are just so many unique Christmas trees or ideas for alternative Christmas trees, aren’t there?

alternative christmas trees from the charlotte region restore

And they’re made from such unexpected items from thrift stores or something you forgot that you tucked away in the closet.

Vintage ornament boxes as thrifty Christmas decor

So, tell me – will you be making any Christmas tree crafts this year? And did you find any inspiration from this collection?

Christmas craft project with serger thread cones

I sure hope so. The more Christmas trees around the house at this time of year, the better. At least, that’s what I think! Especially when they started out as anything BUT a tree!

Christmas tree lantern from a camper jack

If you enjoyed these ideas for recycled Christmas decor, then you’ll love my rustic holiday wreath idea that I made from flannel shirts!

Plaid Christmas wreath from recycled flannel shirts

Craft on!


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Small Christmas tree ideas and unusual Christmas trees


  1. Great roundup of ideas!

  2. Edith Wendland says

    Sadie, Sadie, Sadie! You come up with some great ideas.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Edith! These aren’t all mine, though – several are, but I include a lot of other bloggers’ projects in my round-ups. 🙂

  3. All such great ideas, thanks for sharing all that great inspiration! pinned!


  4. Diane Alexander says

    I love so many of your ideas. thank you so much for sharing. I have Face Book you and to my post also to various other craters that I know.

  5. Claire Armstrong says

    What a lovely collection of ideas. Thank you so much for including my upcycled wooden Christmas tree with knobs on. I will be sharing.

  6. Thank you so much for putting this collection together! I had a great time looking at them!

  7. Mary Loveland says

    There is something so special about home made ornaments/trees, kind of gives a person the warm fuzzies! So many creative ideas and so so cute! Thanks for sharing Sadie.

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