8 DIY Christmas Trees for Small Military Homes

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Not all Military Families have the space for an eight-foot Christmas tree or easy access to a tree farm. And families with small children or mischievous pets might prefer to go with an option that’s less prone to shedding messy needle. Sure, you could go with one of those tabletop plastic trees sold at the big box stores, or you could get creative this holiday season.

Below are 8 DIY tree options perfect for every level of crafting experience. What they lack in fresh pine scent, they certainly make up for in festivity.


1. String Art Christmas Tree and Card Display

This geometric tree is easy to personalize with different colors of yarn and acts as a convenient display for all the holiday cards you receive.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 packs 3M decorating clips
  • Colored yarn or string
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Dinner plate
  • Protractor
  • Small pegs
  • Washi tape, pompoms, glue (optional)

2. Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree

These little trees are a great way to use up leftover scraps of wrapping paper and make for a fun kids’ craft.

What you’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Glue spots
  • Foam board
  • Scissors
  • Large Popsicle sticks
  • Kitchen shears
  • Garden twine
  • Tacky Glue
  • Hot glue
  • Wood star
  • Glitter paint
  • Buttons

3. Hardcover Christmas Tree

This tree is for book lovers having a hard time paring down their overflowing collection. Repurpose old favorites into new décor.

What you’ll need:

  • Several hardcover books
  • Green paint
  • Drill
  • Spools of brown thread
  • Wooden dowel
  • Manilla paper
  • String lights

4. Wall Collection Christmas Tree

Do you have a bunch of decorative odds and ends looking for a home? Combine them into a festive focal point.

What you’ll need:

  • A collection of small, decorative items
  • Hooks, tacks, and other means of attaching them to the wall

5. Winter Pine Cone Tree

If you can’t quite give up the idea of decorating a pine tree, this easy DIY will be a happy medium.

What you’ll need:

  • Pine cones
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard
  • Flower pot

6. Ornament Tree

These shiny table-top trees can be made with items found at the dollar store.

What you’ll need:

  • Ornament balls
  • Styrofoam® cone
  • Bead garland
  • Hot glue

7. Ladder Christmas Tree

Last-minute decorators find solace: all it takes to set up this tree is a ladder and a string of lights.

What you’ll need:

  • Ladder
  • String of lights
  • Ornaments

8. Washi Tape Christmas Tree

Experiment with washi tape in different colors and patterns to suit home’s décor.

What you’ll need:

  • Washi tape
  • Yarn
  • Mini ornaments

More Ways to Make Your Home Merry and Bright:

50+ Ornaments for Your Handmade Holiday

5 Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

5 Christmas Card Alternatives

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