Turn Your Houseplants Into Festive Christmas Tree Alternatives

Embrace the holiday spirit, without picking up pine needles.

Four outdoor Christmas tree decorations including a bay tree decorated with baubles in red and gold, a pyramidal conifer with pink tissue paper and silver baubles, a trained box tree with red ribbon and a variegated holly bush in a terracotta pot.
Diana Miller

If pines, furs and spruces aren't your thing, adding a festive touch to houseplants can bring a fresh twist into your home this Christmas.

Thanks to the addition of a few baubles or fairy lights, cacti and succulents can easily be transformed into Christmas tree alternatives. Best of all, they come without the dreaded pine needle drop.

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This years chrismas tree 🎅 #succulentchristmastree #succulentobssesion #succulentsarethebest

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Xmas is cranked and amped this year with everyone putting up decorations early!! It is the season to be jolly #cactuschristmastree #xmas #decoration #fun #familytime❤️ #getcreative😍 #doitearly

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While the quick and easy option is to hang any leftover decorations on to plant branches, making your own living succulent tree can create the perfect table centerpiece.

How's it done? As this DIY tutorial explains, you'll need to make a base to attach the succulents to by covering a wire cone with damp moss to keep the succulents hydrated. Your chosen plants can then be built up to form a tree shape before any decorations are added.

For festive houseplant tree inspiration, here are a few of our favorites:

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Just finished off my first ever succulent Christmas tree! 🎄 #christmas #longjetty #dropletsofeden #succulentchristmastree #succulentcreation #livingchristmastree #ilovechristmas

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Can't wait until tomorrow to this with you guys, it wouldn't be right if I don't have "my" own Succulent Christmas Tree!! 😍🎄🎄🎄 (using only PVN's and Lola's) #succulentchristmastree #succulenttree #holidaytree #1stsucculentchristmastree . . #fortheloveofsucculent #succulentpropagation #succulentgarden #succulentsonly #succulent #sukkulente #sukulent #succulenthoarder #succulentlover #succulentinpots #saboten #succulents  #verticalgarden #instaphoto #succulentsof #suculenta #succulentcollection #succulentcity  #succulentcommunity  #サボテン #仙人掌 #suculentas #多肉植物 #tanikushokubutsu #s_o2016

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Found this on Instagram- can't wait to make one for Christmas #christmastime #succulents #succulent #succulentchristmas #succulentchristmastree #succulentlove #succulentsaddict #christmastime #christmasgifts

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Succulent Christmas "tree" mark 2! Continuing my tradition of non-traditional Christmas trees! It's beginning to look a lot like a #Queensland #Christmas ! #lifeonvulturestreet #brisvegas #succulentchristmastree #Christmas2015

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