3 Space-saving Christmas trees you can DIY from upcycled materials

Over the years I’ve lived in some rather small homes and it’s been difficult to decorate for Christmas in such a compact space. However, that’s never stopped me from filling my home with festive decor each December and, in fact, I’ve quite enjoyed the challenge of making my own DIY space-saving Christmas trees. Here are three ways to upcycle pallets, pipes and paint to create your own unique festive decor that doesn’t take up too much space…

NEON PALLET CHRISTMAS TREE

This cute little Christmas tree was made entirely from pallet wood that I’ve upcycled into a vibrant green tree with space to hang your favourite baubles and decorations. Plus, it has a bucket base that you can fill with sweets, treats and gifts. But the most exciting part of the project was adding a neon outline to illuminate the Christmas tree shape, which also means you don’t need to find a plug socket for fairy lights etc.

The result is a space-saving, wall-mounted wooden Christmas tree that can be used time and again, that also lights up your home for the festive season with an ultra-cool green neon light. Here’s the step-by-step guide to make your own neon Christmas tree from pallets.

COPPER PIPE FREESTANDING CHRISTMAS TREE

This space-saving Christmas tree has a minimalist feel and is just enough to bring some festive sparkle into your home this December. It’s easy to make using leftover copper-pipe (which I have discovered is SO easy to clean up, so if you find some in a skip GRAB IT!) and an old broom handle. I made a step-by-step video that shows you exactly how to make this space-saving, minimalist Christmas tree.

This Christmas tree is freestanding and the battery-powered fairy lights mean you can stand it anywhere in your home – the hallway, on top of a sideboard, in your home office etc. The wire fairy lights reflect off the polished copper pipes, giving the whole tree an ethereal, almost luxurious feel and brings a cosy glow to the room.

WALL-MOUNTED STORAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

This ‘Christmas tree’ is one of the most useful space-saving trees you’ll ever some across, as it doubles up as a set of shelves. It is undoubtedly a fir tree shape and the distressed edges in glinting gold give it a festive feel. The ‘tree’ is wall-mounted, so it doesn’t take up any floor space (which is handy when you’ve not got much room to spare) and you can use the shelves as storage for Christmas cards or gifts.

I’ve draped battery-powered fairy lights around my wall-mounted Christmas tree shelves so that it glows just like a traditional tree. And you could always attach some extra hooks to the front of the shelves if you want to hang your favourite baubles too.

The shelves are the ideal place to stash pots of festive sweets, cane canes and chocolate coins. Plus, the hooks below turn the tree into a ‘mantelpiece’, as somewhere to hang up your stocking for Santa to fill on Christmas eve. Here’s the tutorial (with measurements) to make this wall-mounted Christmas tree for yourself.

I hope these DIY projects have given you inspiration for creating your own space-saving Christmas tree when you don’t have much spare room to decorate for Christmas. Let me know your ideas and how you’ve managed to decorate in a small pace in the comments below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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