How to Make a Homemade Christmas Tree With Branches

Updated on April 13, 2020
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She creates numerous crafts that sell well at craft shows.

Learn how to make a reusable decorative Christmas tree at home.
Learn how to make a reusable decorative Christmas tree at home. | Source

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Trees Ideas

This small homemade tree can be part of your Christmas display every year. It is easy to make and you can let the kids get involved too. I show you how to create your own unique Christmas feature for the holidays. There are step by step instructions with my own photos.

You Will Need

  • Tree branches: The first thing you need to do is look out for the dead tree branches. If you live near a park or mountain then you will have no problem coming across these. The October winds usually cause some branches to be blown off. The two I used for my Christmas trees were part of one that was blown down by the bad weather.

  • Bucket or Plant Pot for the Base of the Tree: I bought the base for my trees at a cheap store and only cost one pound each. You can not go wrong with a price like that. It all depends how much you want to spend so look around the shops and decide. Make sure that the base is big enough to hold the tree branches but small enough to be in proportion with the finished Christmas tree.

  • Medium-Sized Rocks and Stones: If you are lucky enough to live near a beach or the sea you can pick these up easily enough. If you live in the city then your local garden centre will have them quite cheaply.
  • Quick Drying Cement: This can be bought in any hardware store in a small tub and is very cheap.
  • Spray Paint: This can be bought in any hardware store. I chose both gold and silver because I was making two trees, one for myself and one for my mother.
  • Christmas Decorations and Lights: This is up to you. I prefer the smaller lights which are battery operated. These give me more flexibility to where I can put my tree. The ornaments and decorations for the Christmas tree are also a matter of taste. You can spend as much or as little as you wish on them. I picked up these Christmas tree decorations online and love them. They are simple balls but look very classy on my trees.

Tree branches like these can be collected and used to make a DIY tree decoration.
Tree branches like these can be collected and used to make a DIY tree decoration. | Source

Step 1: Spraypaint the Branches

The first thing you need to do is to spray paint the branches. This is best done outside. I did the first tree inside in the kitchen. Even though I took precautions I still managed to make a lot of mess. There was spray paint on the door and the floor by the time I was finished!

I brought the second tree branches to the beach and did it there; it was so much easier and cleaner. You can also spray paint the branches in your garden if you have one. It would be best to put down some protective plastic bags over the grass though. The paint dries within a couple of minutes.

Spraypaint the branches.
Spraypaint the branches. | Source

Step 2: Prepare the Base

  1. Get the plant holder and stones ready.
  2. Mix the quick drying cement. The one I bought was one part cement to one part water. But read the instructions on your own cement.
  3. Add some of the smaller stones to the bottom of the plant holder.
  4. Place the tree branch in the centre of the potholder and pour in half of the mixture.
  5. Add some of the larger stones. This will give the pot weight and secure the branch in the centre. Add the remainder of the cement.
  6. Make sure you leave enough of a gap at the top of the plant pot so you can put in the battery holder for the lights and some small decorations.
  7. Leave the cement to dry. This only took a few hours to dry solid for me.

The base of my homemade Christmas tree decoration.
The base of my homemade Christmas tree decoration. | Source

Step 3: Add the Christmas Tree Lights

  1. Make sure to you put the lights on the tree from the bottom up.
  2. Place the battery box on top of the cement inside the plant pot and work up from there.

On the smaller tree I only used one set of lights. On the larger tree I used two. They only cost £1 each at the Pound store so the expense was minimal. You are going to have some of the cement and the battery box showing at the base of the tree.

To hide these you should add some ornaments. I had a nice piece of silver material in my sewing box and this was perfect. Then I added some small crackers and gifts box ornaments. This covered up the unsightly cement and battery box and looked very Christmassy.

A homemade Christmas tree
A homemade Christmas tree | Source

Decorating the Christmas Tree

All that is left to do now is to add your decorations. These can be bought very cheaply or homemade by yourself or children. One problem you may have is finding enough horizontal branches to rest your decorations on. This can be solved by swapping the string on the decorations with thin wire. That way you can twist the wire around the branch and it will stay there.

A Christmas Tree for the Holidays

As you can see from the photos of my homemade artificial Christmas tree, it turns out very well indeed. This tree is perfect for people who have a small apartment or for those who would like an extra tree in the hall or landing.

It can also be made with the children as a great way of getting them involved with the festive season. Once Christmas is over the tree can be put away and used next year. If the kids helped with the making of the tree, then they will have lovely childhood memories when they grow up too.

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    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      18 months ago from Ireland

      Hello Daron, yes making your own Christmas tree is great fun. Enjoy it

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      Daron sony 

      19 months ago

      I want to make a big christmas tree out of papar

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Yes the home made Christmas tree was very nice in the sitting room. Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      8 years ago from Western NC

      This is great! And it's a way to be "green", too. No trees to kill or destroy - they're already on the ground! Yes!! Voted up and everything else. :)

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      julie rycroft 

      8 years ago


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      You are so creative.. now someone like me would never think of this... but I do love it....i LIKE TO READ ABOUT THONGS LIKE THIS TO DO... so thank you for writing it and sharing... and MERRY CHRISTMAS.. I VOTED UP AND AWESOME

    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for reading Olga. Yes fake snow is a good idea, would go well with the branches!

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      8 years ago

      This is great! It's so green, so eco. Let's save the trees and money and be creative. Thanks for uploading the photos and providing the instructions. I might put some fake snow on mine as well once it's made :)

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      thewahm. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. Yes it was great fun to create and could be used as a welcoming tree in the hall.

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      8 years ago

      This is such a great idea. Even if one did not want to use this idea as their main Christmas tree- it would be so much fun to do.

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you for reading, carcro, Jamie and Trudy and for taking the time to make a comment I appreciate it. I must say I really did enjoy making it too!

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      Trudy Chappell 

      8 years ago from Gloucestershire UK

      What a fabulas idea and another one I will be doing with my grandchildren. You are so clever. The photoes are great. When we have made ours I will show some pics on my blog for you to see. Thank you.

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      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for sharing this tutorial. It's easy to understand with great photos too! It would be really easy to get creative with this one with all the colors of spray paint out there and the different colored ornaments! Voted up, interesting and useful :)

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      Paul Cronin 

      8 years ago from Winnipeg

      What a great idea, nicely illustrated. This is perfect for so many people on a low budget and making your own tree and other xmas ornaments or crafts really gets you in the festive spirit. Thanks for the info! Voted Up!


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