Learn how to make Christmas decorations from an old fake Christmas tree. Outdoor Christmas garland, swag and an alpine tree – DIY Christmas decor at its finest!
8-Foot Faux Alpine Christmas Tree
As the Put & Take find didn’t have one, first I needed to make a trunk, so I took a little walk around our woods. I was looking for a thick and pretty long tree branch, and soon I found a fallen tree branch which fit the bill perfectly. Before carrying it into our house, I cleaned it properly, as deer ticks are everywhere, and I didn’t want to bring any nasty creatures inside.
Once my new tree trunk was ready to take in, I gave it to Greg for him to cut a bit shorter – it was a really long branch. Then I asked him to drill some holes in it: one hole right on the top center of the new tree trunk, and the other holes in the body.
The plan was to drill several holes in the tree trunk, so I could insert the faux tree branches. But before going any further, I wanted to test how these faux tree branches were going to fit, so I did a test drive with the tree top.
Okay, excellent fit! Now it was time for Greg to drill more holes in the body of the trunk. He drilled the holes all the way through and in a rotating way. The spacing between each hole was around 4 inches.
When all the holes were drilled, I also asked him to help me with the tree stand. I know… this was supposed to be my project, right? LOL. What can I say? He loves earning extra ‘Good hubby‘ points! 😉 [pfffft…I’d rather sit on my butt! -Greg]
For the tree stand, I went and found 4 pieces of scrap wood in the basement, and Greg cut them to size. I also asked him to cut one corner off of each piece so the stand wouldn’t have pointy corners.
Next, I set the wood pieces around the tree trunk for Greg to mark them.
And within 2 minutes my tree stand was ready 😀
Next step was attaching the faux tree branches to the tree trunk. But before that, using heavy duty bolt cutters, I cut the steel stems a bit shorter, as I didn’t want steel stems showing when the tree was finished.
To attach the faux tree branches to the trunk, I simply inserted the branches into the drilled holes. As it was a nice and tight fit, I also bent the branches a bit downwards to lock them in their places even better.
Once all the branches were in, I started arranging them to get my faux Alpine Christmas tree into the shape I wanted.
There it was: my 8-foot tall Alpine faux Christmas tree! But I thought it was missing something. I didn’t want to add Christmas lights to it, because I wanted it to keep its plain, but cute, appearance. Instead, I could put a small star on the top branch, and if I could make a lighted star, it would look perfect! But the issue was the top branch was very weak, so the lighted star had to be pretty light. Therefore I had to use light craft wire to make that star shape.
To do so, I found a star shape that I liked on the internet and printed it onto copy paper. Then I cut the star shape out. Using craft wire, I traced the shape of the star and created my wire star form.
Then, I wrapped that wire star with starry string lights.
Starry string lights are pretty light-weight, but the star still wasn’t light enough for the top branch to carry it. Hence, I attached another piece of craft wire at the bottom of my star and I turned it into a pick. Then, to cover the ugly wire, I wrapped some Dollar Store cheap garland around it.
As the final step, I wrapped my lighted star to the top branch, and that was it.
Here is how my lighted star looks. Cool, right?
And finally, here is my favorite one of all three…[drum roll] I present to you our DIY 8-foot faux Alpine Christmas tree!
I love this tree! It gives such a cozy feel to our living room. Overall, this tree cost me $10, which basically was the cost of the starry string lights. But seeing a similar 8-foot Alpine tree online for $220 a week after I finished my tree is priceless! 😀
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