Last Minute, Inexpensive, Minimalist Christmas Tree

Christmas is literally around the corner and if you are feeling overwhelmed this year by the crowds of consumerism, just didn't want to, or haven't gotten around to getting a Christmas tree, don't feel bad.  Some years the thought of decorating the house and getting wrapped up in the image driven aspect of Christmas just does not excite me, this was one of those years.  Instead of beating myself up and getting one anyways I remembered some $.99 garland I bought at the end of the season last year, dug it out and this is what I did for under $4.00:

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

With some finishing nails and a hammer, create a few points to attach the garland to.  I doubled mine up to make it a little fuller.  At each nail wrap one of the garland pieces around to anchor it and then move on to the next one and do the same thing.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I did my tree in a zig zag, but you could do a tree outline, a simple triangle, or a whole wall of trees!  In our modern loft, I actually like the look of this more than a regular tree, it might actually become my go to every year.  I loved adding our new ornament from our ski trip and keeping the ornaments minimal and in the same unfinished wood look.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not only does this simple tree fit the look of our loft, the cost and clean up is so much better too.  If you think about all the trouble of getting a tree, setting it up, and getting rid of the tree at the end of the season, patching a few holes from finishing nails and storing some garland is actually pretty appealing.  

So if you are a little behind this year, or not in the mood for the tree scenario, give this a try!