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How to Make Your Own Christmas Tree From Scratch

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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many DIY articles online. Learn how to make the numerous crafts she creates from home.

How to make a reusable decorative Christmas tree.

How to make a reusable decorative Christmas tree.

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Trees Ideas

This DIY 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. Learn how to create your own unique Christmas feature for the holidays. There are step-by-step instructions with my own photos.

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

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

Materials Needed

  • Tree branches: The first thing you need to do is lookout 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 on 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 relatively cheap.
  • 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 loved them. They are simple balls but look very classy on my trees.
Spray paint the branches.

Spray paint the branches.

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.

The base of my homemade Christmas tree decoration.

The base of my homemade Christmas tree decoration.

Step 2: Prepare the Christmas Tree 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.

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 will 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.

My homemade Christmas tree.

My homemade Christmas tree.

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 your 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 ornaments 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 my homemade artificial Christmas tree photos, 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on December 21, 2018:

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

Daron sony on December 10, 2018:

I want to make a big christmas tree out of papar

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 09, 2012:

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.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 08, 2011:

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. :)

julie rycroft on December 03, 2011:


Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 02, 2011:

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

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 30, 2011:

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

Olga on November 28, 2011:

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 :)

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 27, 2011:

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.

Tara on November 27, 2011:

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.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 26, 2011:

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!

Trudy Chappell from Gloucestershire UK on November 24, 2011:

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.

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 24, 2011:

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 :)

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on November 24, 2011:

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!