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15 Creative Christmas Trees to Challenge Your Decorating Skills

Millions of families around the world make a trip to pick out Christmas trees every December. They savor the smell of pine, the hanging of ornaments and putting the star on the top of the tree. However, some go the untraditional route. Once you see these wild reinventions, you might be tempted to throw out all those old ideas of Christmas decorating and join the holiday rebels.

15. Tower of Books

Flickr/Bibliotheek Kortrijk
Flickr/Bibliotheek Kortrijk
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Flickr/Bibliotheek Kortrijk

It’s hard to say who will love this more: people who love books or people who just want a place to put them.

14. Upcycling Empty Bottles

Flickr/Jonas Lamis
Flickr/Jonas Lamis

For wine lovers out there, here’s a way to use up that stash of recycling you never take out.

13. Spinning Tree

Flickr/Jason Parrish
Flickr/Jason Parrish

That whole static Christmas tree thing is so last century. This creation makes wild light patterns.

12. Lego-mania

Flickr/Melizza
Flickr/Melizza

Who needs the fresh scent of pine when you can spend hundreds of hours building a tree from Legos?

11. Suspended

Pinterest/FabArtDIY
Pinterest/FabArtDIY

Skip the tree and you don’t have to clean up pine needles. You know, if you’re someone who likes to keep things really tidy.

10. Bridal Beauty

Pinterest/Blazepress
Pinterest/Blazepress

I’ll take two of these! One for Christmas Eve and one for Christmas Day!

9. Floating Fir

Flickr/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo
Flickr/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

Once you see the world’s largest floating tree in Rio de Janeiro, you might feel like giving up on decorating for good.

8. Paper Giants

Flickr/Grant Montgomery
Flickr/Grant Montgomery

Elegant paper parasols make inventive, luminous outdoor trees. As long as you live somewhere dry, of course.

7. Keg Mountain

Pinterest/Public ART & Spaces
Pinterest/Public ART & Spaces

Now we’re back to that idea of recycling your leftover alcohol containers. There’s a theme here.

6. Pacman

Flickr/a_marga
Flickr/a_marga

If you grew up playing Ms. Pacman, you’ll appreciate the epic beauty of this tree.

5. Mountain Dew

Pinterest/TheArtOfOthers
Pinterest/TheArtOfOthers

The caffeine and sugar high you get from drinking this much Mountain Dew would definitely inspire some Christmas crafting.

4. Traffic Light Tree

Wikimedia/PierreVivant
Wikimedia/PierreVivant
Wikimedia/PierreVivant
Wikimedia/PierreVivant

Like the song goes, “Even stop lights blink a bright red and green.”

3. Desert Dreams

Flickr/Eric Kilby
Flickr/Eric Kilby

Who says you can’t have a festive Christmas in hot climates?

2. Hub Cap Recycling

Pinterest/Hoselton Auto Mall
Pinterest/Hoselton Auto Mall

I think I know where all those missing hubcaps went…

1. Flower Power

Imgur/TheShittyBeatles
Imgur/TheShittyBeatles

Go pink or go home.

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