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Creative Christmas Tree Ideas and Inspiration for Your Small Spaces

Do you have trouble fitting a Christmas tree in your small apartment or home? I’ll show you some creative Christmas tree ideas that are sure to bring that holiday cheer to any smaller room during the holiday season.

Small decorated Christmas tree

Today I’m sharing a few of the ways I made my home “festive and fabulous” this year for the holidays. I do this by using many (yes, MANY) smaller Christmas trees, rather than the larger ones you usually see in the beautiful Christmas home tours this time of year.

Christmas living room

My friend Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms is hosting a Christmas tree blog hop with several talented bloggers sharing their Christmas tree decor. You can find each link at the end of this post.

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mini Christmas tree in silver trophy cup

My Many Christmas Trees in my Small Spaces

It would be hard to count all the smaller trees I have throughout my home. I will admit, I do have an obsession with them.

They’re usually put in a different room each year, with different containers.

Christmas tree in window with black dog

I decorate some and leave the others naked. The color schemes change.

And then, just when I think that I’ve finally bought my last one, I buy more when the holidays are over and the sales begin.

I may need therapy.

Small decorated Christmas tree

Mini Trees

Here’s one of my favorite flocked artificial Christmas trees. I try not to go too heavy on any one color but decided this year to add more pops of red than I usually do. I mean it is 2020, and anything can happen. You usually don’t see much red in my beach cottage.

Small Christmas tree decorated
bottle brush trees and leaded glass window

Bottlebrush trees are another great item to use during the holidays. I have put these in every room, and have developed a serious compulsion with them. And a bottle brush vignette would not be complete without a galvanized house… or three.

faux mini Christmas tree in ironstone bowl

And greenery always looks so pretty and pops against white ironstone.

naked Christmas tree in large basket

I have plenty of “naked” Christmas trees around the house and love them just as much as my decorated ones.

Ornaments on a small decorated Christmas tree


I always try to change up the containers I put my Christmas trees. But as much as I work on providing a fresh new look, I just can’t seem to get away from the most perfect galvanized container.

My decor style is more of a casual cottage feel. Our 100-year-old home is not a fancy or formal one and is decorated depending on what mood I’m in. Again, we don’t plan much around here.

rusty bell Christmas tree ornament

This year, I’ve added rustic bells and plenty of wooden ornaments to this Christmas tree.

coastal Christmas tree theme

Christmas tree in cottage living room

The Next Best Thing to a Large Christmas Tree

I found out a few years ago that a tabletop tree isn’t the only option for “cozy” space.

A pencil tree is narrow and can be a perfect addition to any small room.

red themed Christmas tree

I now have 3 of these at home. Mine are 6-7 ft. tall and really don’t take much room width-wise.

blue and white Christmas tree

I just bought this flocked Christmas tree from Amazon this year and LOVE IT!

Aren’t the blue ornaments beautiful?

decorated Christmas tree in cottage living room

We have low ceilings as well, but we were able to make this 7-foot balsam fir Christmas tree from Target Wondershop fit.

Decorated Christmas tree

I loved this woven holiday tree collar and it’s a perfect space for piling small packages under the tree.

small Christmas trees in living room

Faux vs. Fresh Christmas Trees

It’s hard to tell what are live Christmas trees and what is artificial. They make faux Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands so realistic these days.

The Norfolk pine tree above is a faux tree but we had one the year before that was fresh. They looked very similiar.

rosemary tree and vintage typewriter

Looking for live tabletop Christmas trees?

Trader Joe’s does not disappoint around the holidays with their gorgeous rosemary topiary tree. And they smell amazing!

Ornaments in a wooden crate

Where to Put All Those Extra Ornaments

Ever since we moved into our 1600 square foot house, we can only use small Christmas tree decorations that aren’t too heavy for a smaller tree.

Because of this, I have so many pretty ornaments left over from the years past. They look amazing in vintage wooden boxes, crates, wire baskets…basically, anywhere I can fit them.

Dough bowls are my favorite way to show off my larger Christmas ornaments.

mini Christmas tree in vintage crock

Containers and Special Touches

Vintage stoneware crocks are the perfect container for fresh or faux pine trees.

Faux artificial Christmas trees in a dough bowl

This wooden dough bowl gives these cute flocked artificial trees a festive look.

mini Christmas tree with pinecones

Check out this beautiful copper container I found at a flea market.

Stools are used a lot around our house for mini trees. You can basically put one anywhere in your house.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your time here. Our Christmas tree blog hop continues with myfriend Kristin from White Arrows Home.

You will fall in love with her magical and cozy cabin in the woods. It’s seriously like being in a Hallmark movie. You can find links to all the inspiring Christmas tree blog posts below.

Until next time,

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Kim, all of your tree ideas are so adorable. I love that you don’t have to have a big tree to make an impact and add a bit of holiday cheer to your home. And of course, I love the way you incorporated vintage pieces too. I pinned your post so I can use some of these ideas in my home next year.

  2. Kim I love all of your pretty ideas for decorating in small spaces. You create the most beautiful vignettes and make the best use of every square inch! LOVE!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love your collection of trees! The mini tree in the ironstone may be my favorite. It’s so cute.

  4. I love all these ideas. My favorite is the tree in the silver ice bucket…so pretty! Just got a TJ rosemary tree too, they are the best place for plants and greens.

  5. I adore your collection of small trees Kim. I am like you and cannot stop buying them. I will go to therapy with you, LOL .
    Your sure did a beautiful job displaying them all.

  6. Totally festive and wintery and beautiful! I don’t have a fireplace either, but I use my entertainment center and my Christmas tree corner as the primary focal points in the room and they make me so happy!

  7. Kim, your small trees are a great idea. We bit off more than we could chew when we bought a very large faux tree a few years ago. Small trees are more manageable, for sure. I especially love all the containers that you put your trees in ~ they add o much to the style and ambiance of the settings. How cozy and warm your cottage is. Happy Holidays as you enjoy your cottage.

  8. Just loved touring your pretty cottage and seeing all your little trees. You’ve styled your home perfectly for Christmas. So many amazing details. And we loved seeing your before photos…always love to see an awesome transformation!. Merry Christmas!

  9. I love how you style your small trees! They are absolutely precious and beautiful! I’m suddenly wanting to go add a few more trees to my house!

  10. Kim I love how many trees you have in your beach cottage! I have to admit… I think we have similar organizing and planning skills. I rarely plan and I like to just go with the flow. Maybe someday we will get organized. Until then we can enjoy all of the pretty decor and Christmas magic! Merry Christmas!

  11. Wow Kim, I could spend all day scrolling through your blog post looking at your beautiful trees! I love your decorations and all your creative containers. So much inspiration! Great hopping with you – have a wonderful Christmas!

  12. Your Christmas decor is so cozy and I love how many little trees you’ve included in your decor! I have a minor obsession with mini trees as well (actually with Christmas items in general, lol)! I had fun reading your About Me page too Kim, I think we’d be great friends bc I am not an organized person either ? I try but I’m much more impulsive! Thanks for sharing your cute Christmas cottage!! I hope you enjoy the holiday season!

  13. Kim, you have so many darling trees! I love the way you’ve decorated them and your creative containers! Merry Christmas! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  14. I love your tour. I have 10 ft ceilings and don’t have tall trees. Been there done that.

    We also had to make our 7 ft tree shorter to protect our girl Peanut. You may remember she’s blind now. Our pups cone first.

    I’m with and very addicted to bottle brush trees. If you follow along with my Christmas tours you’ll see I havequite a collection. Ga, ha, I still want more.

    Your trees look great in their containers.


  15. You should know by now that I love every inch, nook and cranny of your fun and festive home. It’s all so perfectly decorated and charming! After seeing all of your trees, I’m going shopping after Christmas to get more! Your “sickness” must be contagious! Love hopping with you. Merry Christmas. Pinned (but not the before you don’t like) LOL

  16. You HAVE come a long way, baby! But that’s not to say your home in the beginning wasn’t lovely… just different. Love all your trees in your tiny space! They are perfect, and inspiring! PInned (and not the big tree).

  17. Kim I love all of your cute Christmas tree! And those little bottle brush trees on the shelf look really cute too! Your home looks so pretty for the holidays!

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