Make your own alternative Christmas tree
Add a touch of something special to your home’s decorations this Christmas with our DIY chalk Christmas tree. The perfect addition to your festive home, this alternative tree is great if you’re strapped for space, super simple to make and a bit of festive fun to enjoy with the family. So if you’re looking to make this holiday’s decorations unique, grab your chalk and let’s get creative.
Tools & materials required
How to create a chalk Christmas tree
You might need:
- A chalkboard or an area of wall space that is painted with chalkboard paint. If looking to paint on a wall, check out our guide to using blackboard paint. Or, if you’re creating a separate chalkboard, here’s our how to steps.
- Christmas tree string lights - choose the size, colour and style to suit your chalk tree. Not sure which ones to go with? Read our helpful guide to Christmas lights.
- Assorted individual Christmas decorations - to suit your Christmas style
- Adhesive hooks
- A ruler
Always take care when handling Christmas lights. Only switch them on once they’re fitted in place on your chalkboard tree – not in your hand.
And, if you’re dusting off last year’s set of lights, be sure to test them before adding them to your chalk tree to check that all the bulbs still work.
Sketch out the shape of your chalk tree onto the blackboard surface. You can do this lightly with your chalk and ruler, although if you have a steady hand you may want to do this freehand.
Once you’re happy with the shape and size of your chalk tree you can go over the sketch to make the design more prominent.
Decide where you want your decorations to go and place your hooks on the tree. We recommend using clear, plastic hooks that can easily be removed from the surface afterwards.
Hook your Christmas lights onto the tree. Work downwards from top to bottom and plug them in once arranged. We’ve gone with white LED string lights which are available in various lengths and with both green and transparent cable.
Build up your chalk tree with baubles, felt decorations and anything else that takes your festive fancy. To help keep things coordinated, we’ve created three distinctive Christmas looks – Traditional, Skandi and Into the Woods - to help inspire your seasonal style. We’ve gone for a rustic look with ours.
And there you have it, a simple but fun festive project for your home this Christmas.