Live Norfolk Pine in creamy white basket.

Tabletop Christmas Trees: A Festive Touch for Small Spaces

If you live in a small space, you may not have the room for a traditional Christmas tree. But don’t worry; there are still plenty of ways to decorate for the holidays. One great option is to use a tabletop Christmas tree.

Benefits of Tabletop Christmas trees:

  • Space-saving: Tabletop Christmas trees are perfect for small spaces. They take up very little room, so you can still enjoy a festive tree without sacrificing your living space.
  • Easy to decorate: Tabletop Christmas trees are easy to decorate, even for beginners. You can use traditional ornaments or get creative with other items like mini pinecones, berries, or even ribbons.
  • Affordable: Tabletop Christmas trees are typically more affordable than traditional trees. This is a great option if you’re on a budget.

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Fresh-cut tabletop Christmas trees:

Tabletop Christmas Tree decorated with paper ornaments and fairy lights.

If you’re looking for a natural and organic look, consider getting a fresh-cut tabletop Christmas tree.

Fresh-cut trees have a beautiful fragrance and can last for several weeks with proper care.

Tips for caring for your Fresh-cut Tabletop tree:

  • Water your tree regularly. Fresh tabletop Christmas trees need to be watered regularly to prevent them from drying out.
  • Place your tree in a cool location. Fresh tabletop Christmas trees prefer cool temperatures. Avoid placing your tree near heat sources, such as fireplaces and radiators.
  • Mist your tree. Misting your tree regularly can help to keep it fresh and prevent it from drying out.

Potted tabletop Christmas trees:

A small cottage living space with a decorated mantle, a small live Christmas Tree featuring neutral decor.

These living tabletop Christmas trees are another great option for those who want a natural tree. Potted trees can be reused year after year, and they can even be planted outdoors after the holidays.

Tips for caring for a Potted Christmas Tree:

  • Water your tree regularly. Potted Christmas trees need to be watered more often than cut trees because they have less access to water. Check the soil daily and water the tree when the top inch of soil is dry. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.
  • Place your tree in a cool location. Potted Christmas trees prefer cool temperatures. Avoid placing your tree near heat sources, such as fireplaces and radiators. Place your tree in a room with bright, indirect sunlight if possible.
  • Fertilize your tree. Fertilizing your tree can help to keep it healthy and green. Use a balanced fertilizer and follow the directions on the label.
  • Rotate your tree. Rotate your tree every few days to ensure that all sides receive even sunlight.
  • Prune your tree. If you notice any brown or dead needles, prune them away. This will help to keep your tree looking its best.

Tips for choosing and decorating a fresh or live tabletop Christmas tree:

  • Choose a tree that is the right size for your space. Tabletop Christmas trees typically range in height from 1 to 3 feet. Measure the height of your table or other surface where you plan to display your tree before you buy it.
  • Consider the type of tree you want. There are a variety of fresh and live tabletop Christmas trees available, including firs, pines, spruces, and cedars. Each type of tree has its own unique look and scent.
  • Decorate your tree with care. When decorating your tabletop Christmas tree, use lightweight ornaments (like these pretty paper ornaments) and decorations to avoid overloading the tree. You can also use fairy lights (they make everything prettier!), dried flowers, garland, ribbon (this one is very trendy right now), and other festive items to decorate your tree.
White chair with a live Norfolk Pine decorated in neutrals for the Holidays

A Christmas Arrangement made from mini topiary trees:

Mini Christmas Trees in a festive basket for Christmas.

If you’re looking for something a little different, consider creating a Christmas arrangement made out of mini topiary trees. This is a unique and stylish way to decorate a small space for the holidays. I made this one and posted about it here.

I found my trees at Trader Joe’s, but I did find that Amazon sells these. To create a Christmas topiary arrangement, place several topiary trees in a pot or basket. You can decorate the arrangement with moss, mini ornaments, and fairy lights as desired.

Caring for your Topiary arrangement:

Vintage Plant stand filled with mini topiaries shaped like Christmas Trees.

Mini Tree of Succulents:

If you are really short on space or simply pairing down on your holiday decorating, a Mini Succulent Tree might be for you. Succulents are easy-care plants that come in a variety of shapes and colors. This is an easy DIY project.

Mini Christmas Tree made from succulents.

Bringing a touch of nature to the holidays.

Decorating with organic materials like a fresh-cut or potted tree is a great way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. It’s also a way to connect with nature during the holiday season.

You can shop some of my favorite Holiday items featured here on my Amazon Storefront.

That’s it for today!

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Until next time,


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  1. Esme Slabbert says:

    Thanks for these awesome ideas Libby, as this will work well in our small place this Christmas. Pinning it to check it out closer to Christmas again.
    Thank you for sharing your links with us at #284 SSPS Linky. See you again next week.

  2. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    I love this idea and each one is adorable! Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday. I’ll be featuring it tomorrow. Thank you also for always linking up. You are the best! pinned

  3. Kerryanne says:

    Lots of great tips and ideas Libbie. Thank you for sharing your tabletop Christmas tree ideas at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tonight’s party and pinning too.

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