I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but it’s December 18th and I don’t yet have a Christmas tree up in my house. This is absolutely an anomaly in the history of my Christmases past! I blame it on a crazy schedule – somehow the month is slipping away and I haven’t even found time to get my holiday cheer going on. Maybe you’re in a similar boat? Or maybe you live in a teeny little place and think you can’t fit a tree in on top of everything else. Or, heck, maybe the budget just isn’t there this year! (Because, honestly, trees and the corresponding decorations they require really aren’t cheap.) Whatever the case may be, I’ve rounded up 10 really cool DIY Christmas tree alternatives that will be as cozy in your home as they are to your wallet. I may just be busting out a bit of crepe paper and joining the DIY tree crowd myself this year!
Crepe Paper Tree 1 of 10Made simply from masking tape and colorful crepe paper, this giant 6' tall DIY tree is definitely one of my favorites!
Get the how-to from Curbly.
Paper Trees 2 of 10A cluster of these darling trees, made from recycled newspaper, are sure to add just the right holiday cheer to your home!
Get the how-to from El Hada de Papel.
Washi Tape Tree 3 of 10Perfect for tiny spaces or even to jazz up a kids room, this awesome tree is made from just washi tape!
Get the how-to from Modern Parents Messy Kids.
Cardboard Tree 4 of 10Talk about totally awesome! This big sculptural DIY tree is made from repurposed cardboard.
Get the how-to from Instructables.
Gold Trees 5 of 10When in doubt, a pairing of gold glittery trees on the mantle will do the trick nicely!
Get the how-to from Julie Ann Art.
Pipe Cleaner Tree 6 of 10This sparkling silver tree made from dollar store pipe cleaners is as budget-friendly and festive as it gets!
Get the how-to from Funkytime.
Wood Crate Tree 7 of 10A cool, rustic look, this stack of wood crates is Christmas tree by holiday season and extra storage the rest of the year!
Get the how-to from Sincerely, Kinsey.
Chalkboard Tree 8 of 10Any old chalkboard (or a scrap of wood painted with chalkboard paint) and classic white chalk serves as a perfect Christmas tree substitute!
Get the how-to from House and Home.
Instagram Tree 9 of 10We all love snapping Instagram photos. So why not turn your favorites from the year into a cool hanging Christmas tree?
Get the how-to from Helt Enkelt.
Wooden Stick Tree 10 of 10Some twigs from the yard, a drill and a little handsaw are all it takes to get started making this adorable tree!
Get the how-to from Michele Made Me.