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Four different types of Christmas trees, surrounded by gifts.
Whether you're in the mood for a traditional Christmas or you feel like – ahem – shaking the tree a little, here are four festive alternatives to suit the mood.


A citrus Christmas

Fresh and vibrant, a healthy, fruiting citrus tree brings welcome cheer into the festive home. A lemon tree comes with its own yellow baubles – add a few of your own and you’re done! Pop it into a white pot to accentuate contrast. Position a live tree in a brightly lit spot, especially if you’re keeping it indoors for a few weeks.

White pot with lemon tree, surrounded by gifts.

Step in a new direction

An old ladder need not go to pasture just yet, and when it’s done being a tree, you could always use it as a towel rail. For a rustic “tree”, sit small pressies on steps and drape lights and stringed baubles. Before use, wipe down your ladder with sugar soap, rinse and allow to dry. Then give it a light sand and dust.

Timber ladder covered with tinsel, surrounded by gifts.

Traditional charm

Sometimes nothing but a pine will do, but you can give a classic tree new life with some D.I.Y. embellishments. A fuller-figured tree keeps its shape best. Personalise your Christmas tree with handmade decorations and regularly top up the water at the base to help extend its longevity.

Christmas tree, covered in tinsel, surrounded by gifts.

Olive branch alternative

A tranquil tree for a Zen Christmas, a simple olive dressed with plain baubles brings a modern touch. Keep the decorations light, pared back and monochromatic for best effect, and keep in mind that delicate branches require light baubles. Water your live tree when soil is near dry and give it a boost with a diluted seaweed tonic every two weeks.

White pot with olive tree, surrounded by gifts.

Take your tree to the next level with D.I.Y. decorations

Have a go at our macramé Christmas ornaments.


Photo credit: Brigid Arnott


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.