DIY BRANCH CHRISTMAS TREE

In my book, it is never too early and never too late to get your Christmas tree up, whatever shape or size it may be. I have seen so many different trees at my friends’ and families’ houses this year and I love them all! I like a sobre colour-coded tree just as much as a tacky, throw-it-all-on-there tree. They all make me smile.

This year, a client of mine has a decorated tree kept outside (out of reach from toddlers). My mum has a potted tree that will go into the garden at the end of the year. On the side of my family, they have a tiny tree that they’ve kept for years with only a few pine needles left on (it’s cute in its own way). In our London flat, we have a big pine tree in the corner of the living room and in our Lausanne flat, I have just put up this handmade branch tree that I absolutely love.

Real trees, fake trees, potted trees, miniature trees, branch trees, they are all beautiful in their own way!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own eco-friendly branch Christmas tree:

  • 9 dry branches, as straight as possible
  • Sandpaper
  • A small handsaw
  • Twine
  • Fairy lights (I bought these, 20m was the perfect length)
  • Baubles & hooks

Step 1: Flatten the edges of your branches by sawing off the rough ends. Cut them to make three equilateral triangles, increasing in size.

Step 2: Give your branches a tidy by peeling off any loose bark. If the bark isn’t coming off very easily, they may need to dry out a bit more.

Step 3: Using the sandpaper, sand your branches to make them uniform in colour. You want all of the branches to look fairly similar in colour and texture.

Step 4: Form a triangle with your branches and in one corner, place one branch on top of the other and thread your folded twine underneath like so:

Step 5: Make a loop with the twine and pull through.

Step 6: Wrap the twine around the branches as tightly as you can.

Step 7: Knot the twine to secure.

Step 8: Cut off the loose ends.

Step 7: Repeat for the other corners creating a stable triangle.

Step 8: Repeat on two more equilateral triangles getting increasingly bigger in size.

Step 10: Tie each triangle together one above the other getting smaller as you go up. Decorate with battery powered fairy lights and a few baubles.

I hung my branch tree on a nail in the wall near the windows in my little flat and I love how it looks. I actually only have a handful of baubles over here, so this worked perfectly!

I did reinforce the twine on the top triangle (as this is where all the weight is hanging from) by gluing down the twine to the branch with a glue gun. It has been up for a couple of weeks so far, and it’s still completely stable. I’m definitely putting this tree back up next year. It makes me smile every time I walk int the apartment!

Have you got a Christmas tree this year? If so, what kind? I’d love to know!

As always, thank you for stopping by for a read. I hope you love this project as much as I do! Take care and I hope to see you back here soon. xS