This year we decided to make our own tree. Last year we had a real tree, it was lovely, and messy, and we didn't like the waste of cutting a tree to spend one month inside our house but we also weren't excited about the fake tree options. If it looked good we couldn't afford it, if we could afford it it didn't look good. So in searching the web for another option I found the Possibilitree. Simple, modern, used real wood, $350 for a 6' tree; perfect except for the price. So we decided to make our own. The materials for ours cost less than $50 and it can be completed in a weekend. It isn't quite as nice as a Possibilitree, but I like it. It is at least a little more special because the family worked together to make it.
If you are curious how we made it, check out my plan here. Here are a couple versions others have built: Lowe's, Tara and Thyme.