To make this project, here's what you'll need:
- 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).
- 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.
Wanna make one? Here’s how…
FOR THE MAIN TREE BRANCHES:
- Drill holes in each of your five branches … ~2-3″ from either end.
- Starting with largest branch (which will be your bottom branch), thread rope through hole and tie a double knot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the other side of the tree working from the bottom up.
- Once you reach the top, tie the ropes from each side together in the center to form a peak.
ADDING THE TRUNK:
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, I simply tied a piece of twine between the eyelets to secure the trunk to the bottom branch:
ADD EYELETS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BRANCHES TO HANG THE ORNAMENTS FROM:
- I simply drilled several holes in the bottom of each horizontal branch and screwed in ornaments.
- These made it easy to hang ornaments onto the branches!
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!
Owen is wearing his ‘superhero outfit’ (a.k.a. long underwear). All black (his favorite color) … very festive for the holidays!
You can even add some presents!
(these lasted 2 minutes longer than this picture … as Molly was very interested in tearing them up)!
Looks nice during the day …
But then I decided it needed some lights for the nighttime …
So I strung on some white lights (and conveniently, there was a plug in right near the trunk).
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: