In big cities, space is always in short supply. So one year, I decided to make my Christmas tree on the glass pane of my window. Made out of green twinkle lights, it was up in less than 30 minutes.
It’s pretty simple to put together. I used two strings of lights. If you are not used to doing electrical work yourself, ask the shopkeeper or an electrician to connect them in a series for you. Mark the top and bottom points of the tree. In between, draw equidistant, horizontal lines in increasing lengths in a triangular shape, and tape the light strings over them.
We used green lights, but any color would work. We even decorated our “tree” with mini baubles, bells, a little hanging stocking and a star on top.
Instead of lights, you can use ribbons, strings, and wires to make a wall-mounted tree and stick or tie your decorations onto it. You can decorate it as much or as little as you like. This one has lots of baubles that have been collected over the years.
Here’s a wall-mounted tree made out of branches of different sizes. You can make your trees out of a variety of other materials as well: cotton (for a snowy white tree), tinsel and green vines are just a few.
This simple tree is made with Washi tape, which comes in a variety of colours and patterns. Taping your tree up on the wall means you can have a really large one, or even more than one in the same room.
This one requires a bit more work, especially if you live in an urban neighbourhood with fewer trees around. Still, a weekend out and about would give you plenty of opportunity to collect dried branches for this rustic tree. String some twinkle lights through them and watch your creation sparkle.
You might need the help of a carpenter for this one. You would also need flat wooden planks of 4 to 6 different sizes, depending on the height of your tree. Take 15 to 20 planks of each size and stick them in a spiral at each level. The larger plank spiral makes the base, then keep adding your spirals one on top of another in reducing size.
This tree is made of painted wooden popsicle sticks. Here, it’s being used as an Advent calendar, but you can also hang decorations off of it.
Here, baubles have been hung from a mesh in a tree shape. This cute tree is so easy to make, and can be multicoloured or keep to a color scheme.
This tree uses decorations and string lights. Plenty of multicoloured baubles, snowflakes and other ornaments give it a pop.
This Christmas tree is made of a combination of letters, photos and picture frames. You can use DIY felt letters or ready-made letter cutouts to make a tree that spells out a message, too.
This tree makes use of the leftover wooden planks from a recent renovation. Think of what items you already have or what you can collect to make a unique tree of your own. You can make trees out of felt balls, wine corks, pipes and loads of other materials.
Check out this Christmas tree that people in my office made out of empty Old Monk rum bottles. Just don’t ask how many people or how many days it took to collect all the bottles.
You will need rectangular strips of hardboard or wood secured in a cross shape, and an adhesive like super glue. Adjust the height of the tree depending on how many bottles you have. A minimum of 4-5 levels are necessary to give it a tree-like appearance.
You can use conical frames, and decorate them in any way you like. You could also use a conical step ladder to get a tree effect.
For smaller arrangements around the house, get small branches and put them in pretty vases and jars. Decorate them with bells, candy canes and other traditional items to make them look like miniature Christmas trees.