Branch Out This Holiday Season with an Alternative DIY Christmas Tree

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Get in the holiday spirit with these alternative DIY Christmas Trees! From using ribbons to mailing tubes, we are bringing you four different ways to repurpose household items into your very own beautiful tree. Not only are these crafts cost-effective and great for small spaces, but they are also safer alternatives to traditional trees when you have pets or toddlers running around the house.

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Recycled Tube Tree

We all have those leftover gift wrap or mailing tubes around the house — but don’t toss them away just yet.

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Repurpose them into a beautiful, contemporary Christmas tree for your wall instead!

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  • Recycled tubes (i.e. wrapping paper rolls, mailing tubes, etc.)
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Craft knife
  • Gold spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Gold string
  • Ornaments


  1. Lay out tubes. Mark 3″ on the first tube, and continue marking in 3″ increments.

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  2. Cut tubes at markings.
  3. Spray paint each tube gold. Let dry.
  4. Arrange tubes horizontally in order, with the smallest at the top — leaving about a 6″ gap between each. To connect them, string twine through the tube on top and through the one underneath it. Tie a knot to secure.

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  5. Repeat step four for every tube.
  6. Add twine to the top tube and hang on a nail.
  7. Decorate the tree by tying ornaments to the tubes with gold string.

Ribbon Tree

This DIY is a unique spin on a classic tradition.

Ribbon Christmas tree
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And your kids will love watching it spin!

Ribbon Christmas tree
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  • Hula hoop
  • Assorted green ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Gold ribbon
  • Eye hook (like this from Amazon)
  • Wire
  • Gold bow


  1. Wrap hula hoop in green ribbon, using hot glue to secure as you go.
  2. Cut assorted green ribbon into pieces that are twice as long as the desired height of your tree.
  3. Loop each ribbon around the hula hoop and secure ends with hot glue.

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  4. Have someone hold the hula hoop up as all of the ribbon ends hang at the bottom, and space each ribbon evenly. Gather all of the ends and tie them together with gold ribbon.
  5. Carefully flip tree over so that the ribbons are on top and the hula hoop is at the bottom.
  6. Use wire to hang your tree from an eye hook on the ceiling.
  7. Hot glue bow to the gold ribbon at the top of the tree.

Tassel Tree

Add a holiday twist to the tassel trend with this DIY — and you’ll have yourself one of the most stylish Christmas trees around.

Tassel Christmas tree
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Customize it with different shades of green to give it more dimension.

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  1. Wrap yarn around the 10″ side of cardboard.
  2. Pull yarn off the cardboard and wrap another piece of yarn several times around the top portion to create a tassel. Tie knot to secure.

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  3. Cut off bottom of tassel so that yarn is hanging down. Then thread twine through top of each tassels and tie to secure. Cut off excess twine.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to create assorted green tassels.

    Christmas tree tassel craft
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  5. Hang dowel on wall — with two nails — slighter higher than the desired height of your tree.
  6. Tie twine with tassels to the dowel, making a tree shape. Start with those on the bottom and work your way up. Cut off excess twine.

Cone Tree

Place cone-shaped craft paper over a coat rack, decorate with fun ornaments, pom poms, and more to create a tree that will add the cutest touch to any room.

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Who knew that a coat rack could be useful for so much more than just clothes?

Cone Christmas tree
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  1. Shape poster board into a cone and secure with masking tape. Wrap and tape another poster board around it.

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  2. Repeat to make five more cones.
  3. Measure, mark, and cut the first cone to desired height. Repeat with the others, varying the heights. (These were our heights: 8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, and two 22.”)
  4. Wrap cones in craft paper and tape to secure. Cut off excess, leaving a few inches of extra paper. Snip around this excess, fold, and tape to secure to cone.
  5. With the biggest cone, snip off the tip, then cut four large slits down the top.
  6. Slip cone over the coat rack and pull towards the bottom. Then wrap tape around the top of the cone to secure in position.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other cones (except the smallest) — placing the cones on the rack in order of size, with the smallest on top.
  8. To add the smallest cone, simply place it on top.
  9. Decorate tree by hot gluing pom pom trim to the bottom of each cone. Then add ornaments throughout the tree.

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  10. To create the topper, cut a hole at the bottom of the styrofoam ball that is big enough to stick over the top cone. Then stick pom pom toothpicks throughout the ball to cover the surface. Then add to the top of the tree!

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