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Birch Branch Christmas Tree

November 30, 2014
DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree | View From The Fridge

Project Materials

To make this project, here's what you'll need:

Supplies

  • Five Birch Branches of varying lengths
  • Thicker Birch branch or trunk spit in half for the truck of the tree
  • Hardware Store Rope
  • Eyelets to hang hang ornaments on
  • Twine to tie trunk on
  • Ornaments, lights, tree topper (mine was a rustic star from Michael’s).

Tools

  • Drill with 1/2″ bit and 1/16″ bit (for eyelet holes)

We have a record number of Christmas trees going on this year … 3!  And this one just might be my favorite!

We made a ‘tree’ out of birch branches for $0.  Seriously … the branches were from by mom’s birch tree, the rope was left over from a previous project (Upcycled Nautical Serving Tray), and the ornaments were from last year.

Actually, I lied.  I forgot that I bought that rustic star on top from Michael’s for $20 on sale.  But that’s not an essential part of the tree … so, technically … the tree was still free.

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

Wanna make one? Here’s how…

STEPS:

FOR THE MAIN TREE BRANCHES:

  1. Drill holes in each of your five branches … ~2-3″ from either end.
  2. Starting with largest branch (which will be your bottom branch), thread rope through hole and tie a double knot.
  3. Then, tie another knot up about 12″ (or whatever spacing you’re going for).  Slide your second branch onto the rope, then repeat all the way up the tree to the top branch.
  4. Cut the rope on the top with plenty of extra to tie a knot and hang once complete, and start the process on the other side.
  5. It helps tremendously if you can hang your tree from something for this part to let gravity help you make everything level (or somewhat level).
  6. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the other side of the tree working from the bottom up.
  7. Once you reach the top, tie the ropes from each side together in the center to form a peak.

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

ADDING THE TRUNK:

  1. We happened to have a piece of wood on hand already that was perfect for the trunk.  It was split down the middle, but you could really use any branch for this part.
  2. To secure it to the rest of the tree, I simply drilled a tiny hole in one end of the trunk, and the center, bottom side of the bottom horizontal tree branch and added eyelets to each.
  3. Next, I simply tied a piece of twine between the eyelets to secure the trunk to the bottom branch:

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

ADD EYELETS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BRANCHES TO HANG THE ORNAMENTS FROM:

  1. I simply drilled several holes in the bottom of each horizontal branch and screwed in ornaments.
  2. These made it easy to hang ornaments onto the branches!

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree | View From The Fridge

 

ADD THE STAR!

  • I found this rustic (and rusty) metal star from Michael’s that lights up with a switch!  It was absolutely perfect for this tree!

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

DECORATE AWAY!

Owen is wearing his ‘superhero outfit’ (a.k.a. long underwear).  All black (his favorite color) … very festive for the holidays!

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

You can even add some presents!

(these lasted 2 minutes longer than this picture … as Molly was very interested in tearing them up)!

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

Looks nice during the day …

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree  |  View From The Fridge

But then I decided it needed some lights for the nighttime …

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree | View From The Fridge

So I strung on some white lights (and conveniently, there was a plug in right near the trunk).

DIY Birch Branch Christmas Tree | View From The Fridge

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That’s it!

What do you think?  A fun alternative tree?  I would be a perfect tree for a small space (no floor space taken up!).

Now … I’m working on the other tree, and the rest of the house for my Christmas Home Tour on Thursday (it’s not exactly going as planned … so stay tuned for how that all turns out)!

Update:  See the rest of our Red, White, and Grey Christmas Home Tour HERE:

Red, White, and Grey Christmas Home Tour via View From The Fridge

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49 Comments

  • Reply Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home November 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    In love with this idea too!! Thanks for linking up at Monday Funday 😉
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  • Reply Carissa December 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I want all those little ornaments too! Sooo cute! Please come share at my link party http://carissamiss.com

  • Reply Coco December 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    So cute! Also, wanted to let you know that there is a link party on Wednesday at my blog – hope to see you there! Can’t wait to party with you @ http://homeschoolapalooza.wordpress.com

  • Reply Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness December 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Cute!! I wish I had seen this earlier; I have a TON of birch branches from my neighbor that I just spray painted for some vases. Bummer! They would have looked so cute in a little tree like this. Love it!!

    • Reply Katie December 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Ha! Thanks, Amanda! I stole all these from my Mom’s garage! Hope you’re having a good holiday season {and weekend} so far! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Krista @ the happy housie December 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    This is so beautiful Katie! I love it, so fresh and crisp with the birch branches and the red and white…. looks totally suited to a home in Europe!

    • Reply Katie December 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Ha! My extended family is very Scandinavian … maybe it subconsciously rubbed off on me! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast December 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    This is brilliant, Katie! I love the rustic feel from the birch branches. The whole thing is adorable. It would be pretty easy to put together, too. Thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings!
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  • Reply Aniko@PlaceOfMyTaste December 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I love this idea. I did a similar one for my boys room but I did not use branches…Looks fabulous!
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    • Reply Katie December 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks! My husband thought I was crazy, but he agrees it’s ‘clever’ now (not sure if that means he likes it or not)!

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  • Reply Robin @ Simply Southern Baking December 6, 2014 at 7:19 am

    What a great idea for a tree!
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    • Reply Katie December 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Robin! It works, and my boys love it!! Happy Holidays!

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  • Reply Christy December 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Such a cool idea, thanks for sharing! Visiting from Merry Monday.

    • Reply Katie December 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks, Christy!! Happy Holidays!

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  • Reply Ginger December 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    It’s beautiful Katie! I love the simplicity and rustic-ness (is that a word?) of it. Your little helper looked like he was having a lot of fun decorating it too! Pinning. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday.
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    • Reply Katie December 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks, Ginger! He was entertained for a bit by this tree (didn’t last long!). Thanks for stopping by!
      XO,
      Katie

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    I LOVE THIS! It turned out so great!! Thanks for sharing!
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    I’ll be featuring you at Inspiration Monday, Katie! XO
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    I love these trees!! And they look like they are super simple to put together. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!!

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  • Reply Tamara Randolph July 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Our beautiful weeping birches are being cut down by our office building on our campus! I wanted to save all the branches I could AND I am also involved in a sustainability project for children this summer! Guess what I am doing with those white birch branches for those children after I read your blog entry!

    Thanks a bunch!
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    • Reply Katie July 28, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Yay!! I’m so glad you found this post, Tammy! Have fun, and I’d love to hear how it goes!

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    Katie, I love this! Where did you find all the little ornaments? I think that I might make a smaller tree like this. So cute!

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