I love almost everything about our house, but one of the few complaints I have is magnified at this time of year. There really isn’t a great place to put a full-size Christmas tree in front of a window! I suppose I need to admit that it could be due to my choice in furniture arrangement. But hey, a good furniture arrangement was tricky to figure out for our living room, so I’m sticking with it! Still, I absolutely love the look of a dazzling Christmas tree visible from outside, and my love for this look inspired my creativity.
The second Christmas we were in our home, I was inspired by a sort of Charlie Brown Christmas tree I saw on Houzz. My wheels started turning and I came up with a fabulous idea for a festive and unique decoration in our front window – a twig tree! It is minimalist yet interesting, and budget-friendly to say the least. I decorated it with ornaments from the Dollar Tree and cut down an invasive bush in our backyard to make it. I accomplished both décor and yard work with one beautiful twig Christmas tree!
There are inspiring photos on Pinterest that use a beautiful vase with sand, presents or bulbs as the base.
While I love the look, it was not practical for my situation. My kids would knock it over or scatter the bulbs and sand all over the house in a matter of minutes! And given the inevitable interest my kids would have in the tree, I needed a heavy base that wouldn’t break or tip easily. With my brain trying to combine pretty with practical, I came up with the idea to use a plastic jar inside a box for the vase and keep it upright by surrounding it with bricks and small boxes. Then I taped the box closed, wrapped it with burlap, and tied it with a ribbon that matched my décor. It created a sort of burlap-wrapped present look. I love the way it turned out!
My DIY twig Christmas tree has turned into my favorite Christmas decoration in our house! It is minimalist yet interesting, and it cost a grand total of $10, which was the cost of the ornaments and ribbon at the Dollar Tree. Not bad considering that it is adorning our living room for the third year!
Now I have a festive tree gracing our front window for the holidays. I love that it’s pretty and interesting, and my kids are amused by the ornaments. It’s unique, minimalist, rustic-chic and budget-friendly. It’s a great Christmas decoration!
What do you think of this twig Christmas tree? Let me know in the comments below!