This was the first year that I braved buying a REAL Christmas tree due to The Mayor's mischievous behavior. Last year I opted for a "cat safe" tree. I had looked online for an alternative way of having a tree and getting in the holiday spirit.
There is always the strand lights on the wall to create a tree idea. However I love my ornaments and this doesn't really allow me to hang them.
I also had stumbled upon this article on Apartment Therapy that actually gave me the idea to try out a pallet Christmas tree. I know that everyone makes everything out of pallets but this one was easy.
1. Go and pick up a free pallet (they are super easy to find, espcially on craiglist.)
2. Use a circular saw and make 2 cuts.
4. You are done!
(If you cut from the middle out the beam stays in tact and everything stays together)
Last year I ran a strand of lights zig zag up the tree.and hung my ornaments on nails.
It was super easy, cat proof, and looked adorable!!