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Celebrating Christmas in sunny Singapore calls for creative ways for a Christmas tree to fit into our small flats, and also one that fits our budget!
For some of us, getting a huge real-life pine tree and spending hundreds of dollars on it is probably enough to bring out the Grinch in us – but you don’t want to forgo the Christmas tree altogether.
We’ve put together a list of unique Christmas tree ideas which are suitable for Singapore’s tropical climate and pretty easy to make, so you and your kids will have a fun DIY project to work on together for the yuletide festival!
Real pine trees might start to shed and wilt in our hot tropical climate, so why not skip the sad state of decay and go straight to a twiggy Christmas tree instead?
Less is more with this minimalist tree and it gives focus to all your gorgeous decorations hanging off the bare branches.
You can pick up some random twigs of different sizes from the park and arrange them in a large vase then get your children to help you hang up all the decorations.
Difficulty level: 2 out of 5.
Shiny Christmas baubles are so easy to get here and you can buy them at a good price from Giant or NTUC Fairprice.
Buy a few packs of baubles and superglue them together into a tree formation then let it dry overnight.
You can either make the tree multi-coloured, or stick to just one colour to go with whatever your theme is for the year. Popular colours are usually red, green, gold and silver.
Difficulty level: 3 out of 5.
Grab a can of paint, a few paint brushes, lay out some newspapers on the floor and start painting a Christmas tree up on the wall in your living room.
You can draw an outline with a pencil first and then carefully paint it in with the help of your little ones – then once Christmas is over, you can simply paint over it.
However we don’t recommend you painting anywhere outside of your home, or along the corridor or void deck, because as you probably might know, that’s illegal in Singapore and it won’t exactly be fun to spend the holidays in handcuffs!
Difficulty level:3 out of 5.
For all the bookworms out there, get some shelves from Ikea and arrange your books on them to look like the shape of a Christmas tree.
You can even use Christmas-related books such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, Dream Snow, A Visit From St Nicholas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more.
Make it a fun Christmas tradition where you choose a book from the shelf every night to read to your child before bedtime.
This is an easy-peasy art project you can do with your little ones, or it can also be a tough woodwork project for you or your husband to attempt.
Draw the outline of a tree on a large piece of paper, then cut it out and stick it up on your wall, or get it cut out of a piece of wood then let it lean against the wall.
Either way, this cool two-dimensional tree will add a chique touch to the whole look of your living room for the holidays.
Difficulty level: 1 out of 5 (paper) or 5 out of 5 (wood).
You might not be able to bring this home with you, nor would you really want a messy pile of sand sitting in the middle of your house – but it’s a novel idea to build one with your little ones the next time you’re down at East Coast Park.
Have loads of fun building the “tree” with your kids and then get them to collect pretty seashells, stones, leaves and flowers for the decorations.
You can then sit around the tree after it’s done and sing song Christmas carols together, while admiring your beautiful work of art.
Difficulty level: 2 out of 5.
Go to Daiso and grab a bunch of different picture frames for only $2 each, then fill them up with photos of your family members, close friends and beloved pets.
Arrange the picture frames up on the wall to form the shape of a Christmas tree and stick them up using removeable hooks.
You can reuse the frames for any other occasion, or rearrange them into a different pattern once the New Year is here.
Did you buy some new furniture for the holiday season? Or did you get a huge present for your little one? Don’t throw out the cardboard box it came in, because it can be recycled into a Christmas tree!
Draw the outlines of a tree onto two pieces of cardboard, cut them out and them slot them together to make them stand.
Your kids can draw lovely little Christmas decorations and then cut them out and stick them onto the cardboard tree.
What do you think of our unique ideas for Christmas trees in Singapore? Which one do you like the most ? Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Let us know by commenting below!
Dew is a teacher, theatre practitioner and playwright who is raising her daughter to know that anything boys can do, girls can do better!
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