DIY Christmas trees, Oh DIY Christmas trees, how crazy are your branches?

When people think of Christmas trees, they often think of bushy fir, spruce or pine trees decorated with garlands, hanging ornaments, and lights. These trees might be chopped down on a cold winter family outing, or bought from a store and assembled with care. Either way, it seems like Christmas trees are pretty standard, but that should not stop you from trying something new with DIY Christmas trees!

Five DIY Christmas trees

Ramp up your Christmas and get crafty by creating your own Christmas tree! Here is a round-up of five DIY Christmas trees from around the web. While they do not all have tutorials, I have provided some basic instructions where necessary. Adjust according to what you have/need to get the perfect look in your holiday home.

So here is my list of 5 DIY Christmas trees:

1. Rolled Paper Tree

Recycled paper Christmas tree
Photo Credit: Gensler

This work of art was created by the San Ramon office of Gensler and they supplied Pop Sugar with the step-by-step tutorial to make this beautiful tree. Basically, you take various paper (recycled is suggested of course!), roll it up, and attach it to a triangular base made of cardboard or foam board. I can also imagine changing it up by using different coloured or patterned papers.

2. Trinket Wall Christmas Tree

Trinket wall christmas tree - five diy christmas trees
Photo Credit: All the Luck in the World

This second tree is perfect for someone who wants either a space saving or super personal tree…or both! The geniuses over at All the Luck in the World (website no longer available) created this Christmas tree for their family in 2008. They used various trinkets like small photos, magnets, buttons, and letters to create a Christmas tree shape on their wall. While there is no associated tutorial you can definitely re-create this masterpiece and add your own personalization to it! Simply use tape or wall adhesives to anchor a collection of small objects to the wall in a tree shape. Make sure to make it high enough that you can pile gifts underneath…you don’t want to forget that detail!

3. Plywood Christmas Tree

plywood Christmas tree - diy Christmas trees
Photo Credit: Pikkuvarpunen

Back to a more simple and elegant DIY Christmas tree was have a plywood tree from over on Pikkuvarpunen. There is no tutorial, but this is DIY is easy. Just carve out two plywood pieces in the shape of Christmas trees as shown in the photo, then add a long notch in the top of one board and the bottom of the other so they can slide together to create the 3-d Christmas tree. If woodworking isn’t your cup of tea try the same method using a thick cardboard. While it will not be as resilient, you will get the same effect!

4. Hanging Ornament Christmas Tree

Hanging Christmas Tree - Five DIY Christmas Trees
Photo Credit: Not Martha

This tree is from Not Martha, and LOOK: There is a tutorial!

This beautiful creation features “floating” green ornaments to create a Christmas tree silhouette. You could change the colour, make it larger or smaller, or use different ornaments. No matter what you do, I think this DIY Christmas tree will turn out amazingly. If on a budget, consider using push pins and fishing line to attach the ornaments to the ceiling instead of the materials shown in the original post. The downside to this method is it will not be nearly as mobile or elegant looking as the photo below since you swap out the mobile base!

And for the final tree…

Drum roll, please!

5. Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree

Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree - 5 DIY Christmas Trees
Photo Credit: Wood & Wool Stool

Created by Wood & Wool Stool, this reclaimed wood leaning tree is a funky DIY take on a Christmas tree. No tutorial (so sad) but should be simple enough. Collect various pieces of reclaimed wood (drawers, pallets, frames, etc.) and one long study piece for the trunk of the tree. Then attach the reclaimed wood pieces to the trunk according to size using nails or wood glue. The hardest part for this one would be finding the best pieces of wood since you either want them to match or be eclectic enough to pass as purposeful!

Want more ideas? Head on over to my Winter Holiday’s Board on Pinterest!



5 DIY Christmas Trees – Get creative this holiday season
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10 thoughts on “5 DIY Christmas Trees – Get creative this holiday season

  • December 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Looove these ideas, especially the Christmas trinket tree. We already have a regular tree but I’m thinking of adding a little something in our guest room for the folks staying with us over the holidays. I shared on my Facebook page(;

    • December 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Glad you liked them. Be sure to let me know if you try one next year!

    • December 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Looks great! I love how simple yet chic it looks and how easy it would be to swap out colours! THanks for sharing.

  • November 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    These are great ideas! My absolute favourite tree is the Hanging Ornament Christmas Tree. It is so simple and gorgeous! I want to make on a smaller scale for my desk. Thanks for sharing these fabulous tree alternatives!

    • November 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Ooh, share pictures of the mini version. That could be cute!

  • November 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Love these ideas! We did an alternative tree last year – the xmas tree box!
    These look much nicer.

    • November 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Decorated boxes or plain? I really like the box trees I have seen so far. Especially when they act as a countdown gift calendar too! (Advent calendar is I think what they are called).

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    These are so neat! I think I like the trinket wall tree the best.

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