Spiff up the season with these 12 DIY Christmas trees for the creative at heart.
This rustic, modern-minimalist piece of Christmas art can be cobbled together using naught but bare plywood. Decorate with a string of ambient lights for a touch of the whimsical. Subtle, elegant, and tasteful -- it's perfect for a modern flat, or a fancy Christmas soiree. Click here for more ideas.
Step up to greater heights of creativity by repurposing a boring ol' ladder into a tree. Spray it over with metallic gold or silver paint, then deck with lights and ornaments, as you see fit. Check out this example and create your own.
Fret not if you can't fit a tree into your small studio or apartment space. The art of assemblage will save you -- simply hang a variety of Christmas-themed ornaments, trinkets, baubles, keychains, and other knickknacks to your wall, forming the shape of a Christmas tree. Tack on that star at the very top. It's cute, fun, and quirky! Take a look at this example.
Upcycle the year's headlines with this nifty tree made out of newspaper pages. Use chicken wire, paint, a length of tree branch, and a planter for the full effect. Follow the instructions on this page.
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Try something new by going bohemian this Christmas. Opt for a pared-down tree with a handful of driftwood, twine, and ornaments. You can set it up as a standing structure, or hang it up in horizontal rows on the wall, like with this version.
Perfect for the office or your personal study -- a tree made entirely out of Post-It Notes. Have fun with it by scribbling down your Christmas wishlist on the Post-Its, if you like. It's simple enough -- follow this guide.
This mobile Christmas tree can double as a piece of modern art, and all you need is a length of nylon wire, a suitable grate, and a bunch of popsicle sticks painted green. Bonus: hang gold and silver bells and Christmas ornaments to go with the sticks -- now your mobile can double as a windchime, or as a fancy chandelier over your Christmas dinner. Check out more examples here.
The fairy godmother of arts ‘n crafts, Martha Stewart, has a fantastic tutorial on how to turn PVC pipes into this stunning Christmas tree. It takes a bit of work, but the overall result is worth it. Learn the how-to here.
A true delight for the bibliophiles in the family -- a crafty assemblage of hardbound books stacked into a Christmas tree that’s sure to tell a story. Decorate with lights and ornaments to complete the look. Check out the how-to guide on this page.
If you're talented at drawing, use your skills and go totally 2D this Christmas. Check out this "tree" made with chalk art. Just paint over a wall with black chalk paint and unleash your creativity upon this canvas. Take a look at this example for inspiration.
For last-minute decorations, make an outline of a Christmas tree using a string of Christmas lights or, as in this case, a garland of colorful balls. It's perfect for kids' rooms and fun Christmas parties as well.