Design Porn: Alternative Christmas Trees

No matter who you are, the fir tree is an inescapable emblem of the holiday season. And since Americans are slated to spend more money on Christmas trees since before the start of the recession, it looks like the sidewalk arbor hawkers are going to do pretty well this year. However, if you have an itch to be a little more creative — or heaven forbid, a pine allergy — you may want to take a look at these alternative holiday trees, from the do-it-yourself to the highly designed (and highly expensive). Click through to see our collection of trees, and let us know which is your favorite in the comments.

The Makedo Christmas tree, a built-it-yourself tree made out of reclaimed cardboard.

Christmas tree book display at the University Library in Aalborg [via]

Superstar holiday trees. Buy one here.

A tree made of “useless but pretty objects” from Jane of All the Luck in the World featured over at Apartment Therapy.

Paper trees from Anthropologie.

Christmas tree in a tube. “Watch it grow indoors this winter, then let it flourish outside when spring weather allows.” Buy one here.

Giles Miller cardboard Christmas trees. Buy one here.

The PossibiliTree.

The Christmas tree poster (and tinsel tape) from Atypyk. Don’t worry — they claim it takes fewer trees to make this pixellated poster than it does to make a tree.

The Tannenboing.

The “Thoroughly Modern” Christmas tree set from I Need Nice Things.

Plywood Eco-Christmas trees by Buro North

Six-foot Christmas tree decal by Marilyn Minter. Buy one here.

Curled birch trees hand-carved in Finland. Buy one here.

Christmas tree decals by Jacob Hashimoto and Keyson / Savage. Buy one and see even more here.

Felt trees from Anthropologie.