This year, make a more sustainable choice: a flat-pack, lightweight, wood tree made from scrap plywood. It can be made in any size, takes up no space to store, is cheap, reusable, non-toxic, with a sleek, modern aesthetic.
This whole project, from sketch to set-up in the living room, took me about three hours and cost me nothing (assuming you can scavenge some plywood). It requires no fasteners or specialized equipment. I made mine from OSB since it was what was lying around the shop, and the random flakes make for a nice bark-ish texture, but any sort of plywood will do.
Merry flat-pack Christmas! And, if you're in a giving kind of mood, throw a vote my way in the Instructables Design Contest . . . !
You will need these materials:
2 pieces of 3/4" plywood, OSB, or other sheet goods, approx. 16" x 24"
Tung oil or finish of your choice
You will need these tools:
Jig saw or handsaw for inside corners
Drill with 1/4" and 3/4" bits
Safety glasses, gloves, etc.