For once, the global crafting community has produced something kinda solid. Something we can actually use - and something we can actually make that doesn't need a PHD in PVA glue.

This time, it's a firm alternative to the humble Christmas tree, and it uses just one household staple that you'll definitely have lying about.

We're talking, of course, about a stepladder. You know, the thing that's been busy gathering dust for the last year while you carry on forgetting about that lightbulb in the hallway.

Just jump onto Instagram or Pinterest and you'll find shitloads of hipsters have been capitalising on the stepladder's convenient triangle shape.

Entirely customisable, they can be as amazing (or shit, if that's your bag) as you want. The world's your oyster this Christmas, and either way it'll be a good, cost-effective alternative to a real tree - which, by the way, is fucking expensive.

And because it's Christmas, the best bit is that you can also get away with stuff looking naff. This means that even if you're creatively incompetent, throw enough tinsel, fairy lights and lametta at it and you'll be grand.


Really want to impress yer mam? Level up by putting boards across each step, making more space for decorations - or using them as a place to put all of the presents. You DIY hero, you.

And for shortarses lamenting the annual struggle to reach the top of the tree to put the star on, this one's even got inbuilt steps to get you there. Nifty, eh?

Alternative Christmas trees have become more and more popular among the cash-strapped, or those who just want to be more creative with the festive season.

In recent years we've seen trees made out of everything from a pile of books, suitcases or CDs through to bottles of beer or wine.

It won't be long before you, too, can hit up Instagram with a proud snap. #NailedIt.

Featured Image Credit: PA / Johnny Ainsworth (Creative Commons)

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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