Thanksgiving … check.
Black Friday … check.
Christmas tree up … check. Well … sort of.
You see … we do have a tree up, but it’s not exactly what you might be thinking. It’s black, white, and hanging on our wall:
Okay … it does have a little green thrown in there on top for fun. This year, our Christmas decor will involve this tree in the living room, and it’s the perfect addition to our giant blank white wall that we just can seem to figure out what to do with yet.
Our Christmas decor this season is much less red like last year, and much, much more simple and modern with a black, white, and green color palette. Here’s a peak:
Another fun thing about our hanging tree? It’s being featured in The Star Tribune today (if you’re not local … that’s our big newspaper here in the Minneapolis area)! The crew came out last week and snapped a couple pictures of our tree for their ‘Holiday Hacks’ article this Sunday. My tree, along with two other fun projects from fellow local bloggers, are being highlighted in the Homes section.
Wouldn’t you think I would have put socks on Charlie for his newspaper appearance?!? Oops!
Anyway … Let’s get to the details on the tree making:
If you’re thinking about making one of these … here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 yards of Black Duck Canvas fabric
- White Craft Paint
- Paint brushes (I actually only used two different sizes for my tree)
- Two square wooden dowels – mine were 5/8″ Poplar, 36″ long
- Wood Stain (I used Varathane’s Stain + Poly in Kona) and foam brush for applying stain.
- Eyelets and eyelet setting tool (if you want to hang ornaments on your tree)
- Evergreen Spray for top (optional)
- Staple Gun OR thumbtacks
- Hem tape and iron OR hot glue gun OR sewing machine with black thread (to hem fabric)
And here’s how the wall hanging is made:
Step 1: Cut fabric to roughly 36″ wide x ~60″ tall (or however tall you’d like your tree).
Step 2: Hem your fabric (if desired) along all edges. You could do this several different ways: sewing a hem, folding over, ironing, and hot gluing a hem, or using hem tape and an iron (I opted for this last option). Going for a more rustic look? Leave the edges unhemed (and also save some time!).
Step 3: Get out the craft paint, a couple brushes, and paint on your tree:
Step 4: While your tree is drying, stain your square dowel rods (again … this is optional as you could also leave them raw)!
Step 5: Once the stain is dry … attach the dowel rods to the top and bottom of the fabric. I used a staple gun. You could also use hot glue or thumbtacks to secure.
And the bottom dowel rod:
Step 6: Grab your eyelets and eyelet setter and place eyelets in fabric wherever you would like to hang ornaments. I spread about 10-12 of these randomly throughout the painted tree.
The eyelets will just create a hole in the fabric (that won’t fray) to allow ornament hooks to hang from:
Step 7: Secure twine to both ends of the top dowel rod and tie into a knot above wall hanging. If desired … grab a bunch of evergreen boughs and secure on top of tree with more twine (or simply leave plain or add a star)!
Step 8: Hang, decorate, enjoy … and maybe even start collecting presents underneath!
And … like I said earlier, if you’re looking for a couple more simple holiday ideas for your home this year, check out the full article in the Star Tribune HERE. Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop back later this week for a full Christmas Home Tour!
p.s. We are actually putting up a real tree, too (in a different room). We picked out a beauty (as quickly as we could in the cold), chopped her down, and hauled it home on Friday. Mission for today: get it decorated!! Follow us on Instagram to see if that happens!!