mantle-compressed Photo: ProFlowers.com

If you live in an apartment or condo, chances are you don’t have a lot of floor space to spare. Squeezing a Christmas tree into the elevator and up to your 20th floor studio might seem like a good idea, but then where are you going to sleep? Some buildings don’t even allow real trees, thanks to those pesky pine needles and the perceived fire hazard. This year, don’t let your square footage or that Grinch of a landlord keep you from spreading holiday cheer. We’ve rounded up 20 Christmas tree alternatives that are small in size but big on style.

1. Make a silhouette with string art.

string art tree-compressed Photo and DIY: hegeinfrance.com

2. Go geometric with metallic washi tape.

metallic washi tape-compressed Photo and DIY: hellolidy.com

3. Repurpose a step ladder.

ladder tree-compressed Photo: shelterness.com

4. Stack some 2x4s and add LED tealights.

wood-compressed Photo: 60talls_arkitekt_bolig/Instagram

5. Dress up a house plant.

cactus tree-compressed Photo and DIY: sugarandcloth.com

6. Put up a festive poster.

poster xmas tree 2-compressed Photo: thefashionmedley.com

7. Chalkboard art is an easy option.

chalkboard tree-compressed Photo and DIY: aleggup.com

8. Decorate a sturdy branch. 

branches-compressed Photo and DIY: hegeinfrance.com

9. A tomato cage will do the trick.

tom cage-compressed Photo: madcitycat.wordpress.com

10. Put those Instagram photos to good use.

photos-inspiration-compressed Photo and DIY: frichic.com

11. Arrange gift boxes in the shape of a tree.

presents-compressed Photo: mariannedebourg.no

12. DIY an evergreen wall hanging.

dowels, faux greenery-compressed Photo and DIY: almostmakesperfect.com

13. Add some colorful ornaments.

dowels-ornaments-compressed Photo and DIY: hankandhunt.com

14. Put your Christmas cards on display.

cards-compressed Photo and DIY: thyme-is-honey.com

15. Say it with stickers.

triangle stickers-compressed Photo: tinyme.com.au

16. Hang up a tapestry.

tapestry-compressed Photo: society6.com

17. String up some twinkle lights.

string of lights-compressed Photo: colorfully.eu

18. Go on a nature walk and collect bits of greenery.

random greenery-compressed Photo and DIY: blog.freepeople.com

19. And finally, spray recycled newspaper with metallic paint for an eye-catching tree alternative.

newspaper-compressed Photo and DIY: motherearthliving.com

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