Continuing our family tradition here is the alternative Christmas tree for 2013. This year as all years everyone in the family comes up with the designs and we sort through them until we come to some conclusion of who had the best idea. Then we all work on that one design to make it even better. Also, with some minor exceptions, we try to free source the main parts of the tree. This year with the exception of the knitted throw we had everything.

Step 1: Materals & Tools

To make this years tree you will need:

-A knitted throw
-Christmas tree stand
-Long thin strips of hardwood (one should be able to get these for free from a wood shop, these scraps are usually floating around)                                                             
-8 foot 4 x 4 or 2 x 4, to use as the center mast
-Various size drywall screws

& these tools
-Tape measure (not totally necessary, but helpful)
-Drill with drillbits and screw tip
-Saw electric or hand

Although there may seem like a lot of instructions, this is a pretty straightforward simple to do tree, that is very freeform so there really is no wrong.
You are my kind of people!!
Very clever idea! I really enjoyed seeing your past Alt-trees too, but really love the afghan tree. The ripples really make it beautiful. Faved and voted.
Thank You.
What a cool idea!
Totally neat-o. Love it.
What a great way to honor a Grannie's handiwork!
& we rescued “Grannie’s handiwork” from the thrift shop bin-o-blankets.
So sorry to go Amy Farrah Fowler on you but the afghan is crocheted not knit. Nope not knit at all. Love the idea beautiful execution but the is not a knitted throw
The mislabeling is definitely my fault. My wife told me to write crocheted afghan. <br> <br>That&rsquo;ll learn me :-o
That is a great use for an old crocheted ripple afghan. Or even one made for the project. Love the look, it's very modern as well as warm and inviting.
Thanks. <br> <br>I don&rsquo;t think I could Crochet that though :-)
very good, save all those real trees.
growing and chopping christmas trees is perfectly sustainable and in fact most research shows that it is environmentally beneficial!!!!
I don&rsquo;t disagree with that. Nor is it why we started doing this. Its about creativity, Togetherness, &amp; collaboration. Oh yah &amp; fun with kids.
Wood is used as the structure. Trees are still dying.
Recycled wood. &amp; I will use the wood again(At least the 4x4), when I am done with it here.
Very cool idea! You would never know from a distance that it's a throw.
A great tradition and I like this one. Not so sure about the previous versions though.
Thanks. They have all been fun to make, &amp; each has had its time in our life.
I like the crochet afghan best, thanks for sharing.
Yah, its pretty groovy. But they have all been fun, &amp; had their place each year in our house. <br> <br>In fact we liked last years tree (the chairs) so much, that its still standing in our house (in another room) as a sculpture. Without the lights of course.
This one is my favorite but I like them all! Cool tradition!

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