If you can find, choose, and chop your own tree, congratulations. If you don’t have access to winter wonderlands full of firs, don’t get down on yourself—use what you have. You don’t have to purchase a plastic mess of fake needles and wire to still feel the presence of a tree. A rustic A-frame ladder does the trick.

How To: Open and lock the spreader bars, drape the frame with lights or garland, and hang ornaments (or anything shiny) with fishing line from the top. You could even line the rungs with candles if you have a fire extinguisher handy. It looks cooler than you might think. Bonus points if you can prop a star on the top.