Real or Fake? Cut down one of Natures gifts or Risk PVC Off gassing? After a few years of reading blogs, I still don’t think there is a clear distinct answer on what kind of holiday tree is better- Fake or Real. I personally like my fake trees, they get re-used over and over again. But here are some alternatives that may make me change my mind, and a few alternatives that may make me make a tree next year:
Real Alternatives- Use a potted plant or tree and put the lights and decorations on it
The Cardboard Christmas Tree- made out of cardboard (Kraft Paper) it is reuseable and since you paint the tree and ornament yourself no one will have one just like it. Ranging in sizes from table top to 1 foot to 3 feet a steal at $19.95 for the 3 foot model. I am thinking a person could craft one out of cardboard at home. Also via Fake plastic Fish, Cascades Boutique has cardboard trees. A bit more money, but they are a bit more ornate
Sometimes the best tree is one you make your self! Not just a tree made of Mountain Dew bottles either--- This elegant alternative Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels from old bikes. Might give me something to do with all those old hubcaps I keep grabbing from the side of the road!
If I had the talent and patience for wood working I would definitely make one of these trees from reclaimed wood!
This tree from Crate and Barrel allows you to fill it’s branches with your ornaments
Last year I got into the fray with my CD TREE