Christmas Trees with a Difference

Want to impress the family with a Christmas tree that's original, stylish or homemade with love? Forget cutting down real trees or buying a plastic one, take inspiration from interior designer Shaynna Blaze for some trees with real 'wow factor' this Christmas.

It's easy to become a bit bored with the traditional Christmas tree. Impress family and friends with a unique version, that will impart a sense of playfulness and colour to your home.

For Art Lovers 

If like me you like to paint, then the options are only limited by your imagination. You can go for a non-traditional and colourful design painted on thick cardboard or a canvas, which you can lean up against a wall anywhere in the house. Let the tree stand out by using simple brown craft paper to wrap presents placed under the tree.

Or for a more traditional design, paint a green Christmas tree design and add a 3D element to it such as these cute little red gift bags. They’re a miniature version of a Christmas stocking and you can include a little gift or a special note inside dedicated to individual family members and friends.

Or for a fun Christmas treasure hunt for the kids, the gift bags could include a clue as to where they will find their presents!

For Crafty Kids to Make 

Let the kids have some fun by choosing a range of Christmas ornaments or everyday objects and trinkets to layer on a wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. Use Blutack or invisible or double sided tape that won’t remove the wall paint when you take them down! 

For Literary Types 

Book lovers will love this design that is also so easy to make. Take some old books or buy some from a second hand or Salvo’s store and cover them in green contact (just like you did with your school books!) It will be a careful balancing act so the tree is best placed somewhere where there isn’t too much traffic or movement in the house. Finish it off with a star on top and a string of coloured beads or tinsel.

For Nature Lovers 

If you like things a little rustic, organic and earthy, then take inspiration from nature to create your own tree by using found items like twigs or pine cones to create your own design. Keep it simple or add some baubles and lights for a bit of bling. 

For a Stylish Sideboard 

Simple and stylish is the name of the game here. Pick up a decorative silver or gold gilt frame from a Salvo’s store or the bargain bin at the picture framers. It’s a great way to create your own masterpiece using some simple baubles and wire or string. Keep the baubles in hues of the same colour to help create a defined shape and consistent look to the tree. 

For the Table


If you really don’t have room for a large tree in your home, then why not concentrate on a decorative table decoration. You’ll need to be a little crafty with wood to make the frame that you can fill with any colourful trinkets, baubles or even large beads hung from wire.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

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