How To Make A DIY Branch Christmas Tree

Simple to Make Stylish Frosted DIY Branch Christmas Tree

I got the inspiration for these simple frosted branch Christmas tree after a trip to London. Whilst there I visited one of my favourite stores, Heals. For those of you that don’t know, Heals is a very stylish interiors department stores that has been around since 1810.
The store had just put up their Christmas window display. This display was typical Heals, very simple and very stylish. Hanging from the branches of these gorgeous branch Christmas tree were all their lovely Christmas ornaments.
The designer of the trees happened to be around at the time and kindly told me how the branch Christmas trees were made so I could make my own.
DIY branch Christmas Tree
As well as looking good, these trees cost virtually nothing to make. They are also a great alternative for those of you who don’t have much space for a traditional Christmas tree in your home. Or they can just be a fun second Christmas tree. The branch Christmas tree either hang flat against the wall or placed in Christmas tree or umbrella stand.
Short of space or want a second tree then this easy branch DIY Christmas tree could be the answer.
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What you need to make a DIY Branch Christmas Tree

  • Tree branches: All the branches used were straight branches from various trees, sourced from either mine or my friend’s garden. You will need one main trunk branch, approximately 5-6ft and about 2-3 inches in diameter. Also needed are 3 branches for your mainframe which will be slightly smaller and 5 even smaller branches for the rest of the tree.

  • Cable ties and garden wire

  • Snow craft spray

  • Spray varnish

  • Good pair of secateurs or small tree saw.

What you need to make a branch Christmas tree

How to make a frosted DIY Branch Christmas Tree

  1. Firstly place all the branches flat on the ground. Lay down the thickest branch down as main trunk and make an A frame with 3 of next thickest branches.

  3. When you are satisfied with the size of your frame (you may need to trim your branches), start fixing them together. Use a combination of cable ties and steel wire for this.

  5. The next thing to do is to place your cross branches across the A frame. Again you may need to trim to size. When you are happy fix them to the frame using wire and cable ties. I alternated the branches between in front or behind the A frame.

  7. Stand your tree up in either a Christmas tree stand or a parasol stand. Spray the branches with your craft snow, and then spray varnish on top of the snow. The varnish helps the craft snow stick to the branches better.

The branch Christmas tree is now ready to decorate. I used the some of those fabulous copper wire lights again to illuminate my tree as I did for my DIY LED Deer Christmas Decoration.
Short of space or want a second tree then this easy branch DIY Christmas tree could be the answer.
How to make your own DIY Christmas tree using branches for your garden.
I really do love this branch Christmas tree, not only is it a fantastic space saver but it’s brilliant for showing off my favourite Christmas ornaments. Every year I make a few new ornaments. This year I made the cookie cutter cute sweater upcycled ornaments and the heart map ornaments.
Easy to make your own DIY Christmas tree just using branches from your garden.
My upcycled felt garlands look great on this branch Christmas tree too!
You may also like my unique DIY wooden Christmas tree. This unusual tree made from architectural salvage comes complete with hooks and knobs to hang decorations from.


42 Responses

  1. LOVE the Christmas tree Claire! I’ve seen ones like this that are on the wall and had thought of trying that sometime. Your ornaments are so cute, love the sock monkey and your lovely garland.

    • Thank you, Linda. My friend made on too, and she hangs it on her kitchen wall. It looks fabulous there.

  2. How did You hang the ornanents? It doesn’t look like you wrapped them around the branches by their attached strings.

  3. Love this so much! It’s so unique and also eco-friendly in that you’re not cutting down a tree or using a plastic one. Very cool! 🙂 Lisa

    • Thank you! Yeah, I don’t like to chop down trees or plastic ones. Like most things on my blog I love to make repurpose and reuse whenever possible.

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  5. Looking at all your ornaments, I did a double take when I saw what looks very much like a YURT! OMG! Where did you find that?! (Hoping for someplace accessible from the US.) I have a love love relationship with Yurts.
    Also, love your garland. I can’t think what the little buttons of gathered cloth are called but we would make dolls out of them from my Oma’s leftover dress scraps. It’s a good project to get kids to use their hands and creativity.

    • Thank you! Well spotted it is a felt yurt, I bought it from a stall at a craft show run by Mongolian crafters. It is one of my favourite ornaments. The garlands I make from old sweaters there is a tutorial on the blog.

  6. This is so beautiful! I love the simplicity of it and how you can highlight ornaments which are important to you! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  9. Claire, this tree is awesome!! It is very stylish. I’ve never heard of Heals but seeing your tree has me intrigued to check out more of their stuff. All of your pretty ornaments and garland look great on this branch tree.

    • Thank you so much. Heals is lovely British store I don’t know if they have one in the US.

  10. Very very cute! And so resourceful, too!

  11. Thanks for sharing at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I featured you this week on my round up!

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  13. I’ve seen a couple variations on this theme and have loved all of them! I agree it’s a great way to showcase some favorite ornaments. I’m in love with your sock monkey at the bottom, btw. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

    • Thanks, I love my sock monkey too he makes a special appearance once a year for the month of December.

  14. Very cute, simple tree. The ornaments and garland work perfectly with it. Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday!

  15. Love this so much!! You always knock it out of the ballpark.

  16. What a fun idea! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  17. It’s just darling, Claire! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinning!

  18. Love your DIY tree! Really pretty and effective. I made a Christmas tree advent calendar with branches this year – seems to have gone down well with the kids – probably because there’s more space for treats!

  19. Liz

    Wow, this looks really nice! I love the colors you used for decorating the tree!

  20. Thanks for the great tutorial! I love your branch tree and all your beautiful ornaments. Take care, Cynthia

  21. This tree is seriously pretty, I’d love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and happy December.

  22. This is so cute!! I love how you decorated it too!

    • Thank you, I love my decorations that I have collected over the years.

  23. Your tree is adorable and so easy to make. Pinned and shared

  24. I so love homemade decorations. Maybe our neighbor willlet me dig thru his tree trimmings from his Fall yard cleaning, sure hope so. Would love to make this tree for this year but might have to wait.We do have a tomato cage tree we made few years ago when we weren’t going to be getting our SS til after Christmas, not very convenient or sporting wouldn’t you agree?lol
    This year will be another of those years we’ll be using tomato cage tree. We had lots of pine garland usually used for porch railings but now tomato cage is wearing them. Put some lights on it and ornaments, we’re all set. Not my favorite choice but better than nothing, getting to kind of like it actually. When we use it all it needs are the ornaments, quick and easy, quite inexpensive also.
    Enjoy your weekend. Maybe next year will be stick/limb tree. glad you shared how to make it.

    • Thank you! Your tomato cages tree sounds interesting. The Branch tree is really easy to make I hope you manage one.

  25. ute

    I love this tree. I think I have to try this

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