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Get The Vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree Look Without Inheriting One

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This year we have a different looking tree in the house. Don’t worry. We still have the regular green one in our front room, but we do have a new addition in the dining room. It’s unique and festive. I inherited a vintage aluminum Christmas tree!

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Get The Vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree Look Without Inheriting One

I’ve always loved unique ways to decorated my home so I was too excited when I found out that I had inherited a nostalgic Christmas tree. It belonged to my great-uncle and great-aunt. They had given it to my parents who then passed it on to me.

My new to me tree actually has a base that plugs in and spins. I’ve been afraid to try that part out for fear that it will set the house on fire. Ha!

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But I finally got up the nerve just to see if it still works. I plugged it in and it works! Then I unplugged it because there was a weird burning smell…


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I won’t be plugging it in again!

The spinning component works with the color wheel that people often bought with the silver trees. (See more below on what the color wheel is/does.)


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History of the Aluminum Christmas Tree

Aluminum Christmas trees originated in the 1950’s as an alternative to a real tree or even the artificial tree that looked nothing like the real thing. The look of these silver trees was ultra modern and quickly became a trend. I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of all the women dressed up and standing in front of their aluminum tree. Were they showing off the modern Christmas tree? Their new dress? Both? I’ll have to ask some family members who might remember!

These unique Christmas trees often had a color wheel that would change the sparkling look of the tinsel. The wheel had a light bulb behind it to cast the color on the tree. Such a pretty glow of colors of the season in red, green, blue and yellow!


Ornaments For My Tree

I picked up some vintage looking ornaments at Hobby Lobby.

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Perfect for the look of this retro Christmas tree and they are shatterproof!


Where To Buy An Aluminum Christmas Tree

No vintage Christmas tree to inherit? You can actually buy the look that’s all brand new. There are even some really unique styles that surpass the looks of the past!


3ft Silver Tinsel Tree

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The perfect size to add an extra tree anywhere in your house! Get this small tinsel tree HERE.






7.5ft Full Tinsel Tree

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This tall and full tinsel tree is gorgeous! It’s available HERE.






Pre-Lit Silver Christmas Tree

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Add even more sparkle to a silver tree with white lights! This pre-lit silver tree is available HERE.





5ft Pop Up Tinsel Christmas Tree With Flocked Snow

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A unique spin on the old retro style! You can get this tinsel snow flocked tree HERE.




These days you can even get a brand new Christmas tree color wheel!

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Vintage or new… Such a fun way to decorate for the holidays!


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