DIY Christmas tree

It was an exciting time last year when Hubs and I dragged a fat little tree from the street corner (this is where Christmas trees are born here) back to our apartment. It was my very first one in NYC, and we lovingly decorated it with pouf garlands, tinsel, ornaments and twinkly white lights – the whole nine yards! Fast forward to this year, and we now have a mischievous pup to contend with. Toby LOVES chewing on sticks, so I can only imagine how ecstatic he’d be to wake up and find a tree indoors. Since the whole tree idea wasn’t going to pan out, the logical solution was to decorate an…old bulletin board that’s been gathering dust under the bed, of course!

  1. Take a plain old bulletin board (mine is 18×24), and sketch out a tree in chalk. Prep for painting by taping the edges of the tree with painters tape, and thoroughly covering the surrounding spaces with newspaper/old magazines
  2. Spray paint 2 coats as evenly as possible, but don’t worry about it looking perfect, you’ll do a final coat later!
  3. Once the paint is dry, lightly sketch in where you want your strings of light to go. Figure out how big the holes should be by starting with a small drill bit and working your way up in size, until your light bulb fits snuggly in place. Continue drilling holes down the remainder of the tree
  4. With the holes done, do a final coat of spray paint to cover the pencil lines. Once that’s completely dry, you can peel off the mess of tape and paper, and use a wet towel to wipe away any stray chalk marks. Congrats, you’ve made a tree!
  5. Decorate the background to your heart’s desire. I kept it simple by drawing in a pattern of lines with a white marker.
  6. Pop in your lights! I used some battery operated LED lights we had leftover from our wedding (like these), and taped the battery packs to the back of the board.
  7. Now it’s time to trim your tree – yay! I hot glued some poofs to thumbtacks, and pressed them into the corkboard, easy peasy. And voilá! Dog-proof Christmas tree!
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19 Responses to o christmas tree

  1. This is so cute… And so easy to make!

  2. jen ramos says:

    LOVE the “lighting” of the tree.
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  3. rooth says:

    What a clever idea! I really love the ‘hover’ feature as well

  4. that is so fun! i hope you have a great christmas if i don’t get to stop by here again before we fly out to the states!

  5. Gloria, this is the coolest! Love the hover picture at the top too.

  6. Stephanie says:

    This is so cute! I love how you incorporated lights as well. Have a great day, Gloria!

  7. homestilo says:

    What a nifty idea- and no cleaning up needles afterwards!

  8. What a cute idea! It looks great.

  9. Lena says:

    This is so darling!

  10. Laicie says:

    Haha hi twin! This is the CUTEST!! What an awesome idea for a tree-free Christmas… I love it. :)

  11. holly says:

    Gloria! You are so creative! This is so clever and cute, just like you!

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
    GlamourMash

  12. Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) says:

    This is such a great idea! I can’t really have a real tree either…my cat would probably try to climb it. :) So this is such an inspiration for me…I love that it has a modern look!

  13. domestikate says:

    Genius idea! Love the lights!

  14. Sally says:

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing! That is incredibly super creative of you, and it looks so fab all lit up!

  15. What an awesome idea! Love this, Gloria!

  16. Alyssa says:

    I love this…so creative!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

  17. Erica says:

    Gloria!!! This is fantastic. It even lights up. WOW! This might just be the perfect Christmas tree: festive, fun, easy to store and best of all you don’t have to drag it to your apartment every year. Toby might be a bit disappointed not to be able to chew on a real tree though. At least he believes in Santa, right??! ;)

  18. Johanna says:

    You are a genius. I am so impressed. And I love the action post!