The Return of the Aluminum Christmas Trees

aluminum christmas tree with turquoise balls

It is popular with mid-century home owners. You can dig originals on ebay and craighlist or buy a brand new Classic Aluminum Christmas Tree from New-York retailer Hammacher Schlemmer.

The appeal of using aluminum for a Christmas tree rests in its reflective quality. The downside is that putting Christmas lights in the tree would be too dangerous. This is why the color wheel was invented. A more elegant option is a single color lamp instead of the 4-color wheel.

aluminum christmas tree in a modern open space living and dining room

If you are not convinced yet, I included more decorated trees.

aluminum christmas trees

The left tree was found on Flickr on the Aluminum Christmas trees pool. Jenn Ski paid $25 on Craigslist for a the 6-foot silver tree last summer. Jenn dreams of a pink aluminum tree like the one on the right. Any colors other than silver are hard to find and can be expensive.

Before you buy any trees, verify the width and the height to make sure it will fit your apartment.

Brand New Aluminum Christmas Trees

Hammacher Schlemmer sells the aluminum Christmas tree made popular in the 1950s in 5-foot and 7-foot. They are made of high-quality, long-lasting aluminum foil branches that insert into a hardwood trunk. Their easy-to-assemble tree is made with non-corrosive high-quality aluminum foil branches that will long outlast the brittle tinsel of lesser trees.

Yuletide Expressions produces slim, wide and standard width aluminum Christmas trees from 4 to 9 foot. A Premium version with 30% more branches is available. They cost about the same as the trees at Hammacher Schlemmer. What is great about Yuletide Expressions is that they sell the parts if you broke your tree.

The Aluminum Christmas trees is not for everyone and for every décor. But if you do, they are nice options out there.

+ 5 Foot Classic Aluminum Christmas Tree – $399.95 USD at Hammacher Schlemmer
+ Yuletide Expressions
+ I.am.dancing aluminum Christmas tree
+ NWW Holiday 2008 tree
+ Via Arren Williams and Jenn Ski

  • Arren Williams
    December 3, 2008 at 19:51

    Hi Kim, Glad you liked the shots, and thanks for the link. One more thing you might like to mention is that wearing a pair of gloves is a smart trick when assembling these little darlings – They sure are spiky!

    Cheers, Arren


  • Sabina
    December 4, 2008 at 11:27

    I love aluminum trees!! They can look amazing and very retro/cool.


  • julieamrg
    December 27, 2008 at 14:34

    I have a white flocked aluminum Christmas tree and a color wheel. It looks beautiful with orange, green & red shiny brites decorating it.

    I got it year before last at Deco the Halls, an art deco and mid century show in San Francisco.

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  • Pax Rhodes
    December 15, 2011 at 23:26

    Wonderful article on aluminum trees!

    Happy Christmas!