Who said you have to have the massive traditional evergreen Christmas tree every year? Well, how about those who live in apartments? Or those who don’t have the luxury of buying a Christmas tree, right? Are they gonna celebrate Christmas without a tree? No! With these 20 innovative and creative DIY Christmas tree ideas, no one is gonna celebrate Christmas without a Christmas tree!
20 Out of the Box DIY Christmas Tree Ideas
1. Paper Evergreens
These adorable mini evergreen paper Christmas trees are origami inspired, but, so much easier to make. See how they’re made and make your own, too! Play with the colors and really make this design you own. I could see how fun this design could be if you also added some decorations or even mini lights too!
2. Christmas Tree Wall Shelf
Are you used to storing your gifts under the Christmas tree? Well, with this tree, you’re gonna have to put your gifts ON the tree. Yup! On the tree! This all-in-one and multipurpose tree is everything you’ll ever need for this season! Enjoy this fabulous look for under $10.
3. Burlap Christmas Tree
Making wrapped burlap tree is an easy craft and would take less than 30 minutes to throw together. You could even make a bunch of these in different sizes because the more, the merrier! To complete you’ll need a Styrofoam cone, craft paper, some burlap, scissors, a hot glue gun, and glitter Mod Podge.
4. Tree on the Wall
Don’t have a lot of space to have a big, grand, traditional Christmas tree? Make a giant Christmas tree and place it on the wall instead! Literally, on the wall! This is perfect for a family photo backdrop. Get the full tutorial here.
5. Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree
This wooden tabletop tree is another solution for small spaces like apartments. The process of making it is very simple but the outcome is pretty awesome! What a great minimalistic look this is! You could also add some wood stain or paint and then some wear to transition this design into a modern look as well.
6. Sliced Wood Pine Cone Tree
Slice some wood, gather some pine cones and you have yourself the best tree for a rustic themed Christmas! Know how to make this sliced wood pine cone tree here. Kendra also made the sliced wood and ornament tree too (as picture above). This is a great idea if you’re looking for a more traditional spin.
7. Large Pallet Christmas Tree
No need to break the bank to put up a Christmas tree! Making this pallet Christmas tree costs you almost zero money and just a little bit of time. For the full tutorial, check here.
8. Balsa Wood Christmas Tree
This adorable tree is another winner made with balsa wood. @ Lia Friffith makes this design easy to replicate with a printable PDF of the design in two different sizes. All you need then is balsa wood (found at arts and craft stores), a sharp craft knife, paint, and paint brush--easy as that and looks rather crafty!
9. Paper Trees
Made with black and white stock papers, black and clear crystal beads, glue stick, and jewelry making wire these elegant paper trees will probably be the easiest craft you’ve ever made. Check out how to make them here.
10. Wood Slice Christmas Tree
This stunning wooden Christmas tree is another great appealing rustic theme. It kind of looks like a giant cake, though. Am I the only one? This design looks like it’s elegant and costly but, this can be replaced with little cost. Take a look for yourself and learn the process of making it here.
11. Christmas Tree made from Old Spindles
This Christmas tree is awesomely and crazily creative! When I look at this a see upcycling at it’s finest! Duplicating this design might be a little bit harder than some of the other designs but, it’s definitely has my creative upcycling mind spinning. Get the full tutorial here.
12. Newspaper Christmas Tree
‘tis the season to reuse, reduce and recycle! Crafted with recycled newspapers, this Christmas tree will draw the attention of anyone who steps into your house. Know how to put the newspapers together by reading through the instructions here.
13. DIY Mini Christmas Tree with Chocolates and Tinsel
This design is simple and sweet! What a cute and easy way to create a small Christmas tree that looks like it has lights. Also, could make as a fun and homemade Christmas gift for that chocolate lover--which, who isn’t?
14. DIY Space Saver Christmas Tree with Lights Using Removable Hooks
Definitely a space saver and yet, a DIY Christmas tree with lights! To complete you’ll need at least 18 removable hooks, a string of lights, and a Christmas tree topper. Doesn’t get much more simpler than that for a “tree” with lights!
15. DIY Christmas Tree with Firefly Lights
To complete this Christmas Tree with Firefly Lights it will take some time and some handiwork but, it’s whimsical appeal might just be worth it! This design might be a little larger than you’ve got space for so, you might need to customize it to fit your needs.
16. DIY Easy Rag Christmas Tree
This can be made with any fabric scraps and decorative pieces you’ve got laying around the house. This bucket looks great and is from the dollar store. You’ll also need some floral foam, a hanger, a glue gun, glue, and scissors too.
17. DIY String Christmas Trees
These sting Christmas trees look stunning! Yet, are simple, easy, and take limited supplies to make. Material needed is: a one (Styrofoam, Paper Mache, or Homemade), plastic wrap, crochet thread, Mod Podge, a sponge applicator brush, and optional adhesive gem rhinestones. I know these will defiantly be on my craft list to make!
18. DIY Space-Saving PVC Pipe Christmas Tree
What a great idea! This space saving Christmas tree looks great and would fit great in any small space. This is a nice way to have that Christmas tree feel with minimal space, minimal material, and minimal artistic abilities.
19. DIY Upcycling Canned Chicken Christmas Tree
Maybe you’re one that likes canned chicken or canned tuna fish--then this upcycled Christmas tree design would be easy for you to complete and upcycle those cans. 11 cans later, a simple wood board or something similar, flameless tealights, power drill, 1/8″ drill bit, 1/4″ drill bit, Phillips drill bit for screws, 11 sheet metal screws – 3/8″ length, 3′ of sturdy wire, pencil, sand paper, spray paint in colors: dark brown, orange and top coat with silver (optional) is all you’ll need to complete.
20. Pine Branch Christmas Tree
The Whimsical Wife really does make this pine branch Christmas tree look whimsical! I love how it looks like a tree and will definitely small like one too.
Now onto Making Your Own Christmas Tree!
Share your creativity with us! Let us know which ones you liked and have remade! If you into everything DIY this Christmas season, why not check out DIY Christmas decorations, DIY Christmas Ornaments and DIY Christmas Gifts post. ‘till the next craft!
I’m a stay at home mom with our two kids. I really enjoy doing crafts with my kids however, that is typically a challenge with how limited their attention span can be and how messy it gets. So, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting an enjoyable experience and fond memory for all of us.