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5 DIY Christmas tree alternatives for non-traditionalists

Perhaps you're dealing with a small space that can't fit a tree, or maybe you're not a fan of the traditional look. Whatever your reason is for skipping on hauling out a Christmas tree this year, Elizabeth Mayhew has several other options to help bring the holiday spirit into your home.

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No space? How to pull off 5 decor alternatives to a Christmas Tree

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The TODAY contributor stopped by Studio 1A Wednesday to show five crafty and creative Christmas tree alternatives that your family will love.

Mannequin tree

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Elizabeth Mayhew shows off 5 DIY Chrismas tree alternatives for your home this season. -- December 2, 2015

Materials:

  • Mannequin
  • Pre-lit artificial Christmas tree (bottom two parts only)
  • Scarf or festive top
  • Pins
  • Ornaments
  • Trim ribbon

Directions:

Assemble the bottom two segments the tree. Attach the top section of the mannequin to the assembled tree. Dress the mannequin by wrapping fabric, scarves or a festive top. Pin as necessary. Trim the tree as desired.

Leftover wrapping paper tree

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Elizabeth Mayhew shows off 5 DIY Chrismas tree alternatives for your home this season. -- December 2, 2015

Materials:

  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Wrapping paper tubes
  • Rectangular piece of cardboard, twine or natural colored ribbon
  • Measuring tape
  • Serrated bread knife
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Foam board
  • Glue or hot glue gun
  • Ribbon

Directions:

Cover the piece of cardboard with twine or natural colored ribbon by wrapping it around and gluing it in place.

Center the wrapped cardboard “stump” on the bottom of the foam board. Glue it down.

Wrap a leftover wrapping paper scrap around a full-length empty tube. Insert a stapler as far into the inside of the tube as possible and staple the paper to the tube. Repeat on the other end.

Glue the wrapped tube onto the foam board just above the cardboard “stump.” Continue to apply graduated wrapping paper covered tubes to the board, using a serrated bread knife to trim them to size (each tube is approximately 2 inches to 1 inch shorter than the preceding one. Glue tubes to foam board. Top with a ribbon.

Door tree

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Elizabeth Mayhew shows off 5 DIY Chrismas tree alternatives for your home this season. -- December 2, 2015

Materials:

  • Christmas tree lights
  • Ornaments
  • Glue dots
  • Command Strips

Directions:Using the glue dots, affix the lights to the door or wall in a tree shape. “Decorate” the interior of the tree with ornaments using the glue dots to hold them in place.

Advent box tree

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Elizabeth Mayhew shows off 5 DIY Chrismas tree alternatives for your home this season. -- December 2, 2015

Materials:

  • 25 small boxes (all the same size)
  • Crayola glitter gel green paint
  • Red and white card stock
  • Picture mat and frame
  • Ornament for top of “tree”
  • Chocolates and other small treats

Directions:

If boxes are white, paint them with glitter gel paint. Allow to dry overnight (alternatively purchase green boxes). Cut the red card stock into circles and the white stock into smaller circles. Attach the white circles to the red ones with glue and number each one from one to 25. Stack the boxes from No. 1 at the top, then follow with numbers in consecutive order, adding one box per layer until you have six boxes on the bottom row. No. 24 and No. 25 will be the tree’s “stump.” Glue the boxes to themselves then glue the whole "tree" to the mat and center in frame. Fill each box with candy or small trinkets.

Felt tree

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Elizabeth Mayhew shows off 5 DIY Chrismas tree alternatives for your home this season. -- December 2, 2015

Materials:

  • Large piece of green felt
  • Smaller pieces of felt in assorted colors including brown
  • Cookie cutters
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Command Strips or other wall-safe adhesives

Directions:

Fold the large green piece of felt in half lengthwise. With a pen, draw half of a tree shape onto the felt, cut along the line and unfold. Cut the brown felt into a small rectangle and glue it to the center bottom of the tree. Trace cookie cutter shapes onto colored pieces of felt. Cut the shapes out and embellish by gluing on trim or other smaller felt details. Attach the tree to a wall or door using Command Strips or other adhesives that will not damage your wall.

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Elizabeth Mayhew shows off 5 DIY Chrismas tree alternatives for your home this season. -- December 2, 2015

Allow your kids to “decorate” the tree using the “ornaments.”

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