Some people have real ones, some have plastic ones and some people (like myself) even have fakes ones with built-in lights! I am of course talking about Christmas trees! We all think our own trees are works of art, but some people like to make a nice festive tree out of anything they can find, so I would like to show you…
10 – Glass Pipes (Venice, Italy)
This amazing Christmas tree is made from over 1,000 tubes of Murano glass! Standing at 28ft tall it is a big one for sure and it is said to have weighed over 3 tons! It does have to be said that it looks nice in the dark.
9 – Lobster Posts (Massachusetts, USA)
Remember what I said at the beginning of this post?!? Well, this really is a case of “anything they can find” and so I bring you a Christmas tree made from nothing more than local fisherman’s lobster pots! Every year Julian Popko and family build one of these trees and it is done for the local people, by the local people’s things.
8 – Christmas Trees (Zhejiang, China)
Made by artist Lyle Wolf this tree made from 350 smaller artificial trees and each with their own decorations was 7 storeys tall and took 70 people several weeks to make, it was made to advertise the Yellow Pages, to represent how many smaller things can suddenly become better seen is they are all in one place.
7 – Gold (Tokyo, Japan)
It might only be 8ft tall, but this Christmas tree would set you back more than most of us will make in a lifetime! Made from 6 pounds of pure gold it took 15 craftsmen four months to make it! I think I might stick to my plastic one.
6 – Cooler Bottles (Bangkok, Thailand)
Every year at Christmas time the Siam Discovery Centre in Bangkok makes amazing trees made entirely from recycled bottles! there were lots of different kinds to choose from, but I went with this one made of massive water cooler bottles.
5 – Teddy Bears (Marina Centre, Singapore)
Made from over 5,000 Conrad Teddy Bears (an official gift of the Conrad Centennial) it really is too cute for words, and super safe because even if you fell into it, it wouldn’t hurt!
4 – Golden Baubles (Birmingham, UK)
Made from over 7,500 golden baubles this impressive tree as made by the Ferrero Rocher Chocolate design team and is one of the most impressive I have ever seen. With no centre supports when you are in the middle, looking up it is simply jaw-dropping.
3 – Bicycles (Shenyang, China)
This rather stunning festive tree is made from over 230 bicycles and is a quite impressive 39ft tall! Seen in a shopping mall in Shenyang it is a representation and monument to the number of people killed while on a bicycle in the city streets that year.
2 – CD/DVD’s (New York, USA)
Made by the artist Tom Deininger created a huge tree made entirely from used CD’s and DVD’s! Best of all is that it was all held together cassette tape and placed on a bed of the same stuff! Eco-Friendly, festive and rather beautiful, it doesn’t get much better than this.
1 – Shopping Carts / Trolleys (California, USA)
Looking even more amazing than a real one, this tree made by artist Anthony SchmittIn is entirely made from shopping carts! The artist says that the tree “symbolises both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate”, but I see it as a point that Christmas has become a compulsion to spend and lost its original meaning.