Gallery: Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shoppin...

GE'S OLED HOLIDAY TREE The researches at GE Lighting created a tree that is only lights, using a ribbon of green-hued flexible OLEDs. How's that for a new take on the "O Christmas Tree" carol?!


The researches at GE Lighting created a tree that is only lights, using a ribbon of green-hued flexible OLEDs. How's that for a new take on the "O Christmas Tree" carol?!


This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using wheels from a local UK bike charity called Re-Cycle.


Featured in the storefront of Montreal’s furniture store Domison, the “Ice Tree” sculpture is made from 300 upcycled water bottles. The bottles hang from the ceiling and are illuminated to give them an ethereal quality. The installation was created by graphic design studio Paprika.


One of the most unique tree ideas we have seen, this homemade projector built by the folks at Rarebeast creates a 5ft tall image of a tree on your wall. A plastic pipe is fitted with a green LED and powered by a 9volt battery. White and red LEDs are included on the assembly and are wired to blink just like a real lit tree. So cool!


This stunning tree, installed several years ago in Venice, Italy, is made entirely from 1,000 tubes of Murano glass. This glass tree is 28ft tall and almost 10ft in diameter. Weighing in at 3 tons, it is the world’s largest tree made from artisan blown glass. A short video tour around the tree can be seen here.

photo by Conall O’Brien


Artist Tom Deininger created a huge tree made entirely from used CD’s, which was displayed at the Chelsea Market in NYC during the 2010 holiday. Under the tree is a bed made from tape pulled from old cassettes. This crazy manmade tree scores way high for twinkle factor! See a video of the tree here.


The researches at GE Lighting created a tree that is only lights, using a ribbon of green-hued flexible OLEDs. How’s that for a new take on the “O Christmas Tree” carol?!


Now in its 8th year, the building of a Lobster Pot Tree has become a yearly ritual in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Artist Julian Popko and family build the tree uses these lobster cages borrowed from local lobsterman. See it all aglow in this video from the lighting ceremony!

photo by Falk Lademann


In a tower of glistening metal and lights, the Shopping Cart Tree is an awe inspiring alternative to the evergreen tree. This tree was built by Anthony Schmitt and can be seen in Santa Monica California. Schmitt has been building cart trees for fourteen years and says that they “symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see shopping carts everyday and take them for granted. Individually the beauty of an everyday object may become invisible, but in quantity you can’t miss it”.

photo by David Abercrombie


A huge pyramid erected in downtown Madrid featured a larger-than-life Pac Man arcade game. The lit and interactive display was created with thousands of LED lights.  Check out this video with a 360 view of the tree.

photo by Morpheu5


The makers of Heineken created a enormous tree in Shanghai, China using 1,000 beer bottles! We hope they recycled these after the holiday!


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  1. Munsell Color December 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

    We love these unique Christmas Trees! They’re absolutely beautiful! The Murano Glass Tree is probably our favorite, but the CD and cassette tree is pretty neat as well!

  2. rnbram December 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    How does the IEA incorporate into their conclusion
    a) the fact that during the Jurassic age atmospheric CO2 was nearly 100x that of the present, the temperature was (only) 3 to 5 degrees Celsius warmer, and the dinosaur food chain was wildly rich;
    b) the present conditions constitute one of the two or three lowest CO2 levels and lowest temperature levels in the last 800 million years, so surely a return-to-the-mean is a return to normal;
    c) that sea level increase might take 200-300 yrs so coastal properties will more likely collapse from old age than from flooding.
    d) the fact that Volcanoes produce more CO2 each year than has all of humanity since the Industrial Revolution began,
    e) that below 3000m the oceans are not saturated with CO2, which is need by organisms to create shells & spicules (via Calcium carbonate, CaCO3)
    f) the fact that sedimentary and slate type metamorphic rocks contain CaCO3 made from atmospheric CO2 and are the primary component of all of the Worlds major mountain ranges.
    g) were atm-CO2 to have declined to 0.018% plants would be unable to add biomass for lack of CO2
    h) a doubling of CO2 would double plant growth, doubling agricultural output
    i) The Medieval Warm Period (warmer than today) did not produce global desertification,
    j) The MWP did not produce coastline flooding at a millennia scale catastrophe;
    k) the MWP did not cause catastrophic global species extinction
    l) the MWP was not irreversible
    m) to s) all the cosmological factors that influence global climate.

    Oh, and more people die due to cold conditions that warm. They get sick more, food is less available, and effective shelter and cold season food & clothing is harder to establish.

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