The Christmas tree is undoubtedly one of the main symbols of Christmas.
If you are not a fan of the traditional evergreen pine tree, there are Christmas tree alternatives that ensure that every home is prepared for this exciting holiday!
One of them is the Christmas tree made from ladders. You can use the ladder as it is or add wooden boards to create wide displays for a whimsy Christmas village.
The 28 Best Ladder Christmas Ideas we have collected here for you will ensure fun and pleasure while arranging the alternative Christmas tree with your children, a unique holiday interior and a joyful and festive mood.
1. Ladder Christmas Tree In The Entryway
The Christmas tree here is one of the tallest ideas in our collection. The A-shaped part is wrapped in green tissue paper and the boards are painted green to ensure a vivid relation to the traditional pine tree. The green color also acts as a contrast for the whimsy collection of ceramic houses placed on the tiers.
Attention is paid to every detail in this Christmas village arrangement- from the snow scattered on the boards to the tiny faux pine trees next to the small houses.
2. Four-Tiered Ladder
The ladder shape is used as a basis for a magical Christmas town created with small figures and statues of typical symbols of the winter holiday.
All four levels represent a Christmas landscape that reveals the joy and excitement this special holiday creates.
3. Fairy Lights To Highlight Your Alternative Christmas Tree
Use plain strings of lights to highlight the ladder basis of your non-traditional Christmas tree. They will add a magical touch to the overall Christmas village arrangement.
4. Identical Tiers For a Ladder Christmas Tree
If you are looking for a united look of all tiers of your ladder Christmas tree, use identical in length boards as displays.
Adding a layer of wool on every board is another great idea for setting the winter landscape on all ladder tiers.
5. Ferris Wheel Instead Of A Star
The last step of this step ladder acts as the top of the ladder Christmas tree. The pine tree is usually finished with a star ornament but the ladder tree gives you more decoration options.
In this appealing Christmas village idea, the ladder’s peak takes a battery-operated Ferris wheel to make the arrangement bright and cheerful with the colorful built-in lights.
6. A Simple Step Ladder Christmas Tree
Repurposing a step ladder into a Christmas tree can be so easy! Prepare red or green paint to give the basis a festive look and wrap a long string of lights around the wood posts.
You can hang different Christmas tree ornaments on the steps to dangle down the wood.
7. Step Ladder With Added Boards
The red step ladder can be upgraded to this Christmas village display by adding wooden boards on the steps. Here, the boards descend in size to follow the shape of the ladder.
In addition to the small houses made from ceramic or wood, there are small figures of people, animals and pine trees which make the landscape so realistic.
The arrangement also includes paper weight baubles and a beautiful faux pine tree as a top ornament of the ladder Christmas tree.
8. Short Ladder Christmas Tree Idea
The ladder Christmas tree can be customized to your space! If you want to include your kids in the alternative Christmas tree DIY project, the shorter version of the ladder is more feasible.
This height will ensure easy access to all tiers so that your kids release their creativity and make the village displays according to their visual expectations for a miniature happy Christmas town.
9. Cheerful Ladder Christmas Tree For Festive Entryway Decor
This festive Christmas entryway decor will surely tune you and your guests for Christmas. You can use Christmas tree alternatives to decorate every part of your home.
The ladder tree here uses whiteboards on the steps of the ladder to create stable displays for village houses. The accents of the tree decoration are the nutcracker figure staying under the tree as a guard and the topper consisting of a tiny faux pine tree, Santa and a child figure.
10. Repurposed Painter’s Ladder
You don’t have to buy a new ladder for your holiday decor. Instead, you can use an old ladder. To hide any signs of damage or paint splashes, wrap a themed ribbon over the wooden posts.
Then add fairy lights that will additionally distract from the condition of the wood.
11. Lights Are Never Enough
The moment you turn on the lights of the tiny houses and the fairy lights, you will realize that the Christmas village you have created on a ladder is probably the greatest Christmas decor ever.
12. A Rustic Christmas Tree From An Old Ladder
The existing interior of this living room has defined the overall look of this rustic ladder Christmas tree idea.
The wood the ladder is made from is in the same stain color as the window frames and the door.
13. Magical Christmas Tree Idea
This is one of the most incredible ladder Christmas tree ideas! Start with stretching the step ladder. That will recreate the shape of the traditional pine tree.
A fishing cord is used for hanging the baubles on the tree. To fill the gap created by the ladder legs, you need to suspend every bauble on a different cord length. The final result is an outstanding Christmas tree from plain materials.
14. Rope And Fairy Lights Instead Of Garlands
And if you change the traditional pine tree with a ladder, then why not replace the typical garlands with a rope? Tie a string of fairy lights around the rope to give it a festive look.
15. Ordinary Ladder Repurposed Into Christmas Decoration
The ordinary ladders can also be repurposed into a Christmas decorations. Use the ornaments that you would usually hang on the green pine tree to create the transformation.
For a simple and elegant Christmas decor idea, use a pine tree garland with pine cones and berries and fairy lights.
16. Frosty Ladder Christmas Tree
You can use this idea to prepare the wooden boards of the ladder for your holiday decor. Instead of wool, you can create a snowy background with white fabric.
Cut pieces of the fabric that measure the length of every board leaving at least 2-inch allowance on all sides. Use a scissor to shape ice crystals.
17. A Wooden Star Topper For Your Ladder Christmas Tree
Use the traditional Christmas tree ornaments to decorate the ladder Christmas tree. Gather your favorite ornaments and tie each one on a transparent fishing cord.
Suspend the cords at different heights to create this symmetrical and thick arrangement. Use a wooden star with built-in lights to top the tree.
18. Elegant Ladder Tree For Christmas
Ladder Christmas Trees can be exquisite and stylish! This amazing Christmas decor idea requires ornaments in white color, led lights and a white step ladder.
The top of the ladder is decorated with real pine branches which make a subtle connection with the real Christmas tree.
19. Rustic Ladder Tree Against A Brick Wall
The authentic farmhouse nature of the wooden step ladder can be highlighted when exposed against a suitable background.
Check the idea here- the wall is covered with brick wallpaper. The red color of the bricks and their farmhouse texture create a visually matching backdrop for the wooden ladder.
20. Small Faux Pine Trees As Ornaments
If you like the idea of an alternative Christmas tree design but you don’t want to escape too much from the real tree, use it as part of the tree ornaments.
The small faux trees at the Dollar store are perfect for step ladder decoration. Add a few red baubles and fairy lights for a festive touch.
21. White And Red Ladder Christmas Tree
Use one of your favorite Christmas tree symbols to base your ladder Christmas tree decoration. The candy cane color combination has been added on every tier with different ornaments.
The white color of the ladder makes sure that this symbol stands out and gives the miniature village a festival atmosphere.
22. Christmas Is Magic
Are you dreaming of festive decor that can instantly spread the magic of Christmas not only in your interior but also in your heart?
Don’t look further but check out this Christmas village idea! Every piece of the arrangement has been thoughtfully placed and matched with the surrounding ones. The built-in lights of the houses and the string lights around the ladder legs turn the ladder into a focal point of the festive season decor.
23. Santa Claus As A Topper
Another idea for a topper of a ladder Christmas tree is to use a Santa Claus figure or toy. Santa is a special part of the holiday, especially for small kids.
They will be excited to see him on the alternative Christmas tree!
24. Christmas Color Palette For Your Ladder Tree
Combine traditional with unusual to create the focal point of the festive season decor this year! A ladder repurposed into a Christmas tree creates a wonderful rustic statement.
To blend it with the holiday theme, use the traditional Christmas colors for the ladder and for the bigger ornaments.
25. Wrap The Ladder Tiers With Christmas Gift Paper
Another way to prep the wooden boards for their new application as Christmas tree tiers is to use wrapping paper. Choose gift paper with beautiful Christmas designs.
The paper will surely transform the plain wood into a festive backdrop for the tiny ornaments.
26. Add A Rug To The Ladder Base
Use a piece of fabric or a suitable rug to cover the floor where the ladder will be positioned.
The fact that you are going to use an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree doesn’t mean that you can’t use the decorations for a pine tree.
27. Wrought Iron Frame Repurposed Into A Christmas Tree
If you don’t have a wooden ladder on hand but you are in love with the tiered look it ensures for a Christmas village arrangement, you can also use a bookshelf to create it.
The wrought iron shelf unit in this Christmas village idea creates an authentic vintage basis for the pieces of the small village.
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28. Rustic Front Porch Decor
Step ladders are made to withstand outdoor conditions which makes them the perfect choice for outdoor Christmas decoration.
This DIY Christmas tree idea repurposes an old step ladder into a tree. No need to change anything on the surface. Instead, use the weathered paint and wood damage to anchor an amazing rustic effect.