Feeling Festive – D.I.Y Christmas tree

I have been wracking my brain for the last month or so on making a Christmas tree that would fit our new ‘fancy’ tree house.

Here I tried and failed to make a cardboard tree out of cardboard that wasn't so sturdy. Attempt one = fail + new ideas

Here I tried and failed to make a cardboard tree out of cardboard that wasn’t so sturdy. Attempt one = fail + new ideas

In past years Luke and I have worked on a tree made from books and last year I made one out of wood found on the street. This year I was trying to go for something minimal but still Christmassy, if you know what I mean. So after the cardboard disaster I spent some time (instead of sleeping) thinking of genius Christmas tree ideas. I was thinking of even a hanging tree and put that into google. I found the website hankandhunt.com which has an easy D.I.Y tree out of dowelng and coloured baubles. I like the idea of this but didn’t like the doweling look – a little to precise for me. Instead I went to foraged for sticks and twigs, went and bought some cheap baubles, found some nylon thread in our tool kit and off I went.

So here are photos of the steps I took to get my ‘Hanging Christmas Tree’ up.

Nylon thread and twigs Luke and I scavenged off the road near our house. This is all you need to start.  You can see here my little twiggy star to place on the top of our tree.

Step 1: Nylon thread and twigs Luke and I scavenged off the road near our house. This is all you need to start.
You can see here my little twiggy star to place on the top of our tree.

Step two is laying out twigs (about 6 different lengths to make the body of the tree). Then you can start tying the thread on between each, making sure the lengths of thread as close to the same as possible.

Step 2: Start by laying out twigs (about 6 different lengths to make the body of the tree). Then you can start tying the thread on between each, making sure the lengths of thread as close to the same as possible.

Step 3: Once I tied all the twigs together I hung them up with some 3M hooks (read the instructions on how the best use these) secured them and then sat down to fix up my decorations.

Step 3: Once I tied all the twigs together I hung them up with some 3M hooks (read the instructions on how the best use these) secured them and then sat down to fix up my decorations.

To keep with the 'au naturelle' them I chose to re-string all the decorations with twine. Most things I had from friends. The baubles were from Woolworths (was hard to find white ones that were cheap).

Step 4: To keep with the ‘au naturelle’ them I chose to re-string all the decorations with twine. Most things I had from friends. The baubles were from Woolworths (was hard to find white ones that were cheap).

Here is the finished product. Sorry it is a bit hard to get a good photo as the light is always reflecting on the glass behind. This could be hung on a wall as well.

Here is the finished product. Sorry it is a bit hard to get a good photo as the light is always reflecting on the glass behind. This could be hung on a wall as well.

Let me know if you have any Christmas tree D.I.Y projects you are working on. There is always next year.

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