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The O-Christmas-Tree challenge

Small space big impact: Get small tree this only couple feet tall place table. Group together three trees with different

Small space, big impact: Get a small tree that is only a couple feet tall and place in on a table. Group together three trees with different heights for a festive holiday look. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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Updated: November 19, 2012 2:33PM



A glowing, sparkling, tree, centered in a window is just not in the cards for those with less than spacious homes. For most, just finding space (window excluded) is a challenge. What should you do if you have no space to for a Christmas tree? Get creative, and that may even mean ditching the idea of a traditional tree.

For those who insist on having a real tree, try cutting one down yourself. You get a better selection of size. Ask where the younger trees grow; cut one down that’s only a few feet tall. You still get a real tree — and that glorious smell — but a smaller tree will take up much less space than a traditional sized tree bought from a garden store.

Is a real tree still too big for your space? Try a fake tree. Get a small tree that is only a couple feet tall and place it on a table. Plenty of beautiful table arrangements incorporate small (less than 2-foot) trees into the décor. Try a grouping of three trees with different heights.

Want a less traditional tree? Try drawing an outline of a tree with lights on your wall. Secure with staples, and have an instant, very bright, holiday tree.

Looking for form and function? This next one is more labor intensive but will give big impact to a small space and provide room for more holiday décor. Cut shelves out of wood and secure them on the wall to form a tree shape. Make sure the longest shelf is on the bottom and they get progressively smaller as they go up. Viola! Instant tree! Plus, you can use all that shelve space for more holiday decorations.

Have the itch to craft? Try decorating Styrofoam or cardboard cones from a craft store. Wrap in ribbon, tinsel, feathers, glitter-you name it. This would also make a fun group or family project.

Although you may not have tons of room to decorate for the holidays, use creativity to add some festive decorations to your home. Plus, most of these options will be good year after year, which means you can try your hand at all of them. Although a big, fresh tree is beautiful, crafts made with love and care will steal the show any day.



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