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9 Alternate DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

If you believe nothing says Christmas more than a fresh cut evergreen, think again. Here are DIY Christmas tree ideas.

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Hang It Up This Holiday Season

An empty wall makes the perfect canvas for a festive grouping of wire hangers and Christmas lights. How many hangers do you need to create this? Find out at

Credit: Karen Willcox,

Image: Karen Willcox
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  • An empty wall makes the perfect canvas for a festive grouping of wire hangers and Christmas lights. How many hangers do you need to create this? Find out at

    Credit: Karen Willcox,

  • This eco-friendly Christmas idea was made using an old cardboard box. A few necklaces were added to turn it into a tiny yuletide treasure. You can find the tree pattern plus a few extra decorating tips at HeartCoreToys.

    Credit: DIY Cardboard Xmas Tree

  • Who needs a real or fake tree when you have a blackboard? The blogger behind Our Fifth House “Christmasified” her entry foyer using some chalk and a bunch of vintage clip-on earrings. To make the jewels stick, she turned them into magnets.

    Credit: Carmel Phillips, DIY design blogger

  • This carpet-to-ceiling tree takes up zero floor space. It was made using colorful tape (try painter’s tape if you’re worried about damaging painted walls) and a string of Christmas lights. FYI, if you use blinking bulbs, you can have your very own holiday light show.

    Credit: Karen Willcox,

  • We love this cheerful tree created with old wood scraps that were dyed green. A DIY cement base made from stepping stone mix ($6 for an 8-lb. bag at craft stores) keeps the tree from toppling over. If this project jingles your bells, check out the instructions at


  • What happens when you turn a tomato cage upside down? You have the bones for a great DIY tree. This idea, created by Beyond The Picket Fence, also repurposed an old electric insulator as a jolly tree topper.

    Credit: Beyond the Picket Fence

  • Here’s a whimsical idea perfect for home improvement junkies. The best part is that, unlike a real tree, a step ladder can be decorated with a lot less stuff. Just don’t skimp on the holiday lights.

    Credit: Dana of Tattered Style / Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind

  • This rustic idea for a repurposed leaf rake came straight out of the garden shed. The star was cut from discarded cardboard and vintage buttons were used as tree ornaments.

    Credit: Stacy Kirk of Inspirations of Old Antique Mall

  • Here’s a clever idea that used a drill and a dowel to keep repurposed books in place. Prior to stacking, each cover was painted a merry shade of green. To see how this project was pieced together, go to

    Credit: Kristen McQuillin of MediaTinker

  • If you like these, you may want to take a spin through HouseLogic’s library of slideshows.


  • Hang It Up This Holiday Season
  • Cheap, Green, & Joyful
  • O Chalk-mas Tree
  • Deck the Walls
  • 'Tis the Season to Get Scrappy
  • A Merry Idea from the Tomato Garden
  • Holidazed Ladders
  • Rake in the Holidays
  • A Tree for Bookworms
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