Christmas trees bring back wonderful childhood memories with my family. My mom usually purchased a live tree that we decorated with a mixture of old and new ornaments.

As an adult, I have purchased a live tree in a pot and small artificial trees. Even though these are traditional, they are expensive, extremely messy, and space hogs. Thankfully, there are clever alternatives that you can make yourself.

I have picked some of my favorite DIY Christmas trees that veer from the traditional. What I love about these DIY Christmas trees is that they are modern, unique and stylish. Also, they are less expensive to make than similar trees sold in stores.

So, if you want to DIY a Christmas tree without breaking the bank, here are some ideas:

Standing Christmas Trees

If you’re handy with a drill, then you can make this dowel Christmas tree, courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens:

holiday dowel tree with ornaments
photo via Better Homes & Gardens


You can turn your old ladder into a Christmas tree like this one by Kelly Elko…


Very Unique Christmas Tree - an old ladder!
photo via Kelly Elko


..or, like this coastal Christmas ladder “tree” by Desire Empire:

photo via Desire Empire


Sugar and Cloth shares two examples of whimsical, yet stylish Christmas trees: a pom-pom Christmas tree:

DIY pom pom christmas tree |
photo via Sugar and Cloth

and a balloon Christmas tree:

DIY Balloon Garland Tree by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth
photo via Sugar and Cloth

Tabletop Christmas Trees

You only need copper coil to make this spiral Christmas tree by Do Design Yourself:

photo via Do Design Yourself

Add a modern accent to your table with these perforated Christmas trees by Chris Gardner of Curbly:

created at: 12/07/2011
photo via Curbly

For something more simple, make Madame Citron’s cardboard tabletop tree (bonus: free downloadable pattern):

sapin noel carton
photo via Madame Citron


Christmas tree as a lamp? Yes, it’s possible with this wood lamp Christmas tree courtesy of Plumetis Magazine:

DIY Christmas Tree Lamp via Plumetis Magazine
photo via Plumetis Magazine


Mobile Christmas Trees

Megan from Not Martha made a Christmas tree ornament mobile that looks spectacular:

Christmas Tree Ornament Mobile
photo via Not Martha


Oh Happy Day! features smaller Christmas tree mobiles made out of paper. Just cluster a few together in the shape of a Christmas tree to make an impact:

Holiday Paper Tree Mobile DIY | Oh Happy Day!
photo via Oh Happy Day!


Wall Christmas Trees

I like this simple, modern Christmas tree by Bilschones Design:


If you love collecting branches, then Lalole Blog’s driftwood style Christmas tree is the perfect project for you:

photo via Lalole Blog


Glitter, sequins, pom poms, dried flowers, and branches are combined to make this glamorous boho wall Christmas tree, courtesy of Free People’s blog, Bldg 25:

photo via Free People


The Magic Onions has an easy tutorial for an advent calendar Christmas tree:

DIY Christmas Advent Callendar :
photo via The Magic Onions


Finally, I love this combo wall/folding table tree by Monsters Circus:

photo via Monsters Circus


I would love to know if you made any of these DIY Christmas trees. Did you have a hard time making them? Share your experiences with me in the Comments section below.

‘Til next time, happy crafting!

Spinster Simone 🙂


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