8 Modern & Magical DIY Christmas Trees

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Decorating a real, freshly-cut tree is fun tradition full of nostalgia, but it’s not always doable. Tight apartment quarters or lack of help to lug in and set up a heavy conifer can limit your Christmas tree options. And although a holiday classic, a green shrub can become redundant. If you choose to skip the tree farm this year, you can build your own unique Christmas tree display from your favorite DIY materials. Every single piece from the “trunk” to the “branches” to the decor of these DIY modern Christmas trees can be handmade. Merry Crafting!

Photo: Almost Makes Perfect


Paper Poms

Christmas never looked so fun! Stack up presents around this celebratory tree from Sugar & Cloth.


We love the simplicity of this plywood tree from The Merrythought. The understated decor may be a bit untraditional, but it’s minimalism allows you to reflect on the little things that are most important this holiday season.


Pom Poms

Trim your tree with a variety of handmade pom poms. Aww Sam breaks down this vibrant project.


Wall Hanging

This modern DIY by Almost Makes Perfect incorporates traditional evergreen details but takes up zero space!


O Cactus Tree

If you really want to try something different this year, check out this pretty and prickly project from Sugar & Cloth.



Metallic hues are in this holiday. Head to Lia Griffith for info on this copper DIY.



Lovely Indeed shows us that you don’t need a real (or multidimensional) tree in order to get into the holiday spirit.


Holiday Disco

Santa won’t want to leave your house when he sees this totally fun and dance-invoking tree. Go to Studio DIY for details.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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