The Book Tree, Bells and Baubles
I love a real Christmas tree. We didn't have them every year while I was growing up, but we had them enough (and I watched enough NYC-set Christmas films) that I became pretty entranced by them. But like most of my friends, buying a Christmas-sized pine tree for my apartment would not just be a space hazard — we'd have to find somewhere else for the TV to live through December — but it's also a waste. Most of us go back home to our parent's house for the holidays, leaving a pine tree to die in our apartments over those hot days between Christmas and New Year.
But having nothing feels a bit Grinchy when you're celebrating with your friends or coming in from Christmas parties. If there isn't a tree how do you know it's Christmas? So we looked for solutions. We've crafted some of the cheapest (and cleverest) ways you can DIY a Christmas tree stand-in that will cost you next to nothing (in some cases literally nothing), but give your place a very festive feel.