Gallery: 14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

Trees have been decorated as part of winter holiday celebrations for a few thousand years now (if not longer), and nearly every Christmas special has an endearing shot of people gathered around an evergreen tree that’s bedecked with little lights and shiny baubles. If decapitated conifers really aren't your thing, or your decor isn’t quite traditional enough to handle ye olde tannenbaum, consider indulging your own unique tastes with one of these 14 festive tree alternatives.


The holiday decor possibilities are endless with an eco-friendly possibiliTree! Designed by architect Richard Babcock as a natural wood, waste-free alternative to real Christmas trees, the possibilitree offers a reusable solution for families who want a tree they can use over and over again without the mess.

+ Available at possibiliTree for $160-290

Jubiltree Wooden Tree

If you’re looking for an alternative Christmas tree that you can easily customize to adapt to your home’s decor, the Jubiltree wooden tree is a great option. Made in the USA from classic American hardwoods, it can be dressed up, down or just left bare for an ultra-modern look.

+ Available at Jubiltree for $475-$550

Rosemary Christmas Tree

This holiday, why not get yourself a Christmas tree that keeps on giving long after the holidays are over? This aromatic rosemary herb tree is beautifully trimmed for the festive season but also does double duty as your own personal herb garden.

+ Available at ProPlants for $29.99

Golden Backlit LED Tree

This backlit gold LED tree adds a warm, shimmery glow to any space, without random sparks flying onto the carpet. Set it near the fireplace or make it the centerpiece of a room. The tree is also available in silver if you’re looking to create a more frostier atmosphere.

+ Available at Habitat for £28.00

The People’s Tree

Scandinavian style melds old-world charm with modern lines to capture the magic of Nordic winter forests in motion with the People’s Tree. Made of sustainable poplar this handcrafted piece of decor will make a beautiful and eco-friendly addition to any home.

+ Available at Festive Tree for $350.00

One Two Tree

In addition to having a delightfully singsong name, the One Two Tree is a reusable and eco-friendly alternative Christmas tree made from untreated high-grade Australian hoop pine plywood grown in managed plantations in the Yarraman region of Queensland, Australia. Each of its branches rotate to create a unique look – messy, neat or somewhere in between – and it can be folded flat for easy storage.

+ Available at One Two Tree for $349

Cardboard Christmas Tree

This 3-foot tree is the perfect sized tree for little ones to decorate. Made in the USA from recycled cardboard, it is easy to assemble, and comes with 50 cut out ornaments and candy canes that you and your family can color and paint. The pop-out branches also make it easy to add your own special pieces for a personal touch. The tree stores flat and can be recycled at the end of its life.

+ Available at The Cardboard Tree for $19.95

IKEA JULMYS Christmas Tree with Ornaments

Perfect or those short on space, but who still crave a festive tree that looks a lot like traditional iterations, IKEA’s JULMYS comes with all the right trimmings to turn up the holiday spirit. Made from recyclable cardboard and paper, each 39″ tree comes flat-packed with 40 decorative stickers – you can even hang tiny ornaments from the tree’s little branches.

+ $14.99 at IKEA

Living Norfolk Island Pine

If you want an eco-friendly tree that still boasts the beautiful texture and greenery of a real tree, then go with a living Norfolk Island Pine. This little guy comes from Norfolk Island, which is located between New Caledonia and the South Pacific, and it loves living indoors. Decorate it during the holidays, and enjoy its simple beauty the rest of the year.

+ $7.99 at Amazon

Three Piece Cardboard Christmas Tree

Good things come in threes they say, and this fun cardboard tree we found over at Etsy proves the saying so. Each tree is made of three pieces of 100% natural, recycled cardboard, and can easily be taken apart and stored flat when not in use.

+ 99 Euros at Etsy

DIY LED Christmas Tree

DIY-ers and techies can learn how to make their very own out-of-this-world LED Christmas tree following Zedomax’s tutorial. Made from LEDs, recycled bathroom pipes and a cubloc controller, the energy efficient tree swirls and lights up a room, while displaying holiday greetings on an LED screen.

+ DIY LED Christmas Tree- at Zedomax

The Tannenboing Aluminum Tree

If you’re a modernist or minimalist you’ll love the Tannenboing aluminum tree. The tree is crafted from recycled and recyclable aluminum and is ever-reusable. Spring in into shape for show over the holidays, and when the festivities are over, simply flat-pack it away for easy storage until the next year.

+ $495 at Tannenboing

Massimo Cardboard Tree

This full-sized cardboard design plays up all the tradition of the Christmas tree of yesteryear, but features flashing LEDs for extra modern effect. Made from 100% recycled cardboard, the six and a half footer comes in both a natural tree print and a more modern icy rendition.

+ $45.50 at Cascades

Laser Cut Alpine Christmas Tree

Build an alpine landscape with a few of these laser cut cardboard Christmas trees. The trees are designed to show branch and leave details for a little more true to life look, making them perfect for a winter scene. Each order comes with two trees.

+ $18.00 at Etsy


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  1. samdwood December 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Most christmas trees come from sustainable, farmer-owned christmas tree farms and are grown naturally. A much greener option than purchasing a manufactured tree made out of recycled materials – a process which produces significant atmospheric waste.

  2. Living Organic December 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    These are definitely eco-friendly Christmas tree designs and I bet these are affordable too.

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