Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Tree Alternatives for Condo Dwellers

Hello, November!  Well it’s hard to believe, but once again it seems that the holidays will soon be upon us. That being said, today’s post marks the first of a weekly holiday series that we hope will inspire you to celebrate the season in style.

So, you live in a condo. You’d like to get into the festive spirit, but your building has rules against the use of live Christmas trees. While today’s artificial variety looks pretty good, even the best “faux firs” lack that certain luster for you. If this sounds about right, stay posted because we’ve come up with some simple and modern natural alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree that should help to spark some holiday cheer!

How about these visually stunning art pieces by possibiliTree®? They offer a 3-ft tabletop option or an incredible 6-ft option that’s designed to be suspended in an ethereal fashion. Available in a variety of natural woods, we love the idea of these strewn with sparkly monochromatic ornaments or simple white lights. When the holidays are over, you can pack and store these trees with ease, or continue to enjoy their artful simplicity throughout the year, unadorned.

This charming pinecone tree as seen at Country Living is a simple DIY that can be decorated, though we adore the natural ruggedness of it bare. Directions for this project can be found after the jump.

As a tabletop alternative, we like the look of these decorative Evergreen sprigs in pretty vases or pots. While it’s an easy DIY, they can also be found at various retailers online. You can embellish the sprigs with Christmas decorations to create an ornamental focal point, or leave them natural for a clean, simple accent in your holiday room design.

Last but definitely not least, we're head over heels for the simple elegance of natural bare branches displayed in vases. As featured on Plush Palate, consider adorning these using ornaments, lights or even crystals for a sophisticated touch.

Directions for Pinecone Tree:

Create a pinecone tree on a cone-shaped foam base. Anchor the base in a container, then wire the cones onto 2" wooden floral picks. Insert picks downward into the foam, starting at the bottom with the largest cones and working to the top with the smaller ones. Conceal the foam by tucking sheet moss among the pinecones.
Source: Country Living