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Seven creative DIY Christmas tree ideas

Sira Huwiler-Flamm

More and more people are considering sustainability, even for their Christmas tree, and are looking for alternatives to real fir trees. Inventive minds have all sorts of inspiring ideas for homemade Christmas trees that not only look attractive, but can also be reused in the coming years – fully in line with the principle of sustainability.

A father and his two children put candy canes and lights on a sustainable Christmas tree made of old wooden branches.
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1. A Christmas tree made of wooden slats

A Christmas tree made of wooden slats is a reusable alternative to a traditional tree. It can be made out of new slats from the hardware store or leftover wood from an old crib or slatted frame.

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Muttis Blog” (Mom’s blog) recommends using spruce squared timber, an aluminum hollow bar and an umbrella stand as building materials. Saw the wood to size, according to the desired height of the tree, and make a hole in the center. This should be wide enough for the aluminum bar to fit through. Then start stacking.

The special thing about this Christmas tree is that if you simply stack the slats without screwing them down, the tree remains dynamic. It can be set up in a classic tree shape or transformed into a modern curved sculpture in a few simple steps. If you want a more colorful version, you can even paint the wood with acrylic paint or wood varnish.

2. Your loved ones in a tree shape on the wall

For most Swiss people, Christmas is about one thing above all else: spending time with their loved ones. This very personal tree is particularly appropriate for making the festive season a contemplative family time: a Christmas tree made up of photos.

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You don’t need much to make a family Christmas tree: photos, double-sided adhesive tape and a free wall. If you like, you can decorate your finished artwork with lights, or arrange fir branches, ornaments and candles on the floor in front of it.

3. A tree of lights for small rooms

A Christmas tree made of lights on the wall is another great alternative for smaller apartments: just hammer small nails into the wall in a zigzag pattern and carefully stretch the lamps from nail to nail – and this minimalist version of a Christmas tree is ready. For a more lavish effect, you can add artificial or natural fir needles and hang all kinds of Christmas tree decorations on your tree of lights.

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If you want to protect the wall and attach a little tree of lights with a single nail, you can also make several levels out of branches of old wood or driftwood, then illuminate them with lights. The advantage is that it will then be even easier to add Christmas tree decorations to your branches.

4. An invisible Christmas tree

Why put up a tree when your Christmas tree ornaments can bean eye-catching feature in their own right? If you type “Invisible Christmas Tree” on Pinterest or Instagram, you will find hundreds of pictures to marvel at: sparkling balls seem to magically float from the ceiling – imitating a tree.

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With the help of wafer-thin, transparent nylon threads and drawing pins, ornaments are attached to the ceiling or to a wooden or polystyrene disc. The invisible tree definitely creates a wow effect!

5. A soft tree made of wool

The DIY Instagramer @tinkerhome recommends a self-crocheted miniature Christmas tree without any sharp fir needles. For this cuddly soft tree, you don’t need much more than wool, a piece of cardboard, a branch, glue – and of course crocheting skills.

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Arm yourself with patience and dexterity to crochet the wool using chain stitch until a long chain is created. This should then be glued, one section at a time, to a piece of cardboard cut into the shape of a fir tree. The standing wool tree can be decorated with stars and ornaments using wire or hot glue.

6. An elegant toilet roll upcycling tree

Why not make use of something that rapidly accumulates in every household: cardboard rolls from toilet paper, kitchen paper and adhesive tape? With a solid cardboard or wooden board as a base, the rolls can easily be transformed into an environmentally friendly Christmas tree. Simply draw a triangle on the base, then use craft glue to stick on the cardboard rolls, previously all cut to the same width – and your Christmas artwork is finished.

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You can choose to follow a specific color concept and spray the rolls gold or silver, or paint them in bright colors, before attaching them to the base. Ideally, the rolls should have different diameters to ensure a dynamic effect. Christmas tree ornaments can be placed in the larger openings.

If you’re particularly good at collecting waste, there are many other ideas for turning trash into treasure as DIY Christmas trees on social networks: from meter-high stacked egg boxes painted green to small creations made out of wine corks or sucker sticks.

7. A Christmas tree pyramid

A family in Bremen has designed a very special Christmas tree: a sustainable Christmas tree pyramid. Pieces of wood are arranged in the shape of a tree, fixed with nails or a staple gun, then decorated with green fir branches, glitter balls and fairy lights.

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The family publishes posts about sustainability together in a blog called “Vertrauensfabrik” (trust factory). In a video, the dad from the blogger family shows how the pyramid was created step by step.

Conclusion: plenty of alternatives to a real tree

Seven to ten years – that’s how long a Nordmann fir or spruce has to grow before it can become a Christmas tree. Once decorated, we can then admire the tree for one to four weeks. Even though small trees are often planted in soil that would otherwise lie fallow, thus providing habitat for numerous animals, more and more people are looking for more sustainable alternatives.

Creative DIY bloggers and social networks such as Instagram or Pinterest provide inspiration for anyone searching for ideas – from homemade tree creations to hanging alternatives on the wall. Be bold enough to try out one of the suggestions.

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