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Roundup: 12 DIY Christmas Tree Ideas You Should Make This Year

by DIY Maven

created at: 11/28/2011

We love DIY Christmas trees here on Curbly for lots of reasons: for one thing, they're incredibly creative, and, for another thing, they can cost very little to nothing to make. They also make great alternatives for apartment dwellers and other small space-rs. So, to share our favorite ideas and inspiration this holiday season, here's our 2011 guide to DIYable and other handmade Christmas trees. We'll start with small options and end large!

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How to Make a Curly Christmas Tree Centerpiece

by DIY Maven

Today I was going to buy a bouquet of Christmas-y flowers to use as a centerpiece for my kitchen table, but I've changed my mind. I'm going to make one of these curly Christmas trees instead. Why? Because it'll last longer than the flowers and I'm pretty sure I already have everything on hand to make one. Here's what I'll need to scrounge up:

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An Environmentally Conscious Christmas tree.

by DIY Maven

This tree and the company, Cloud Gate Design LLC,  that designed it gets major props for environmentalism. First, the very modern tree and its packaging are made from recycled cardboard which is also 100% recyclable. In addition, a portion of the profit from the sale of each cardboard tree is being donated to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America. And to top it off, The Cardboard Tree’s website is delightful; just click ‘decorate’ and...

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Wood, Drill and Yarn Christmas Ornaments

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/11/08

Wood, fiber and a drill-why didn't I think of these ADORABLE tree decorations? These are so delicously simple, I can't think of any way to improve on them except maybe to make sure to sign and date them on the back side.   You know those anxious two or three days before Christmas with kids?  Decorate cookies or drill some holes?  You know what I'd choose.

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Have The Greenest Tree Around

by Lilybee

Cookies, berries and popcorn. Yummy. And the most ecologically sound way to decorate your tree. If your decorations are not eaten straight off the tree by naughty pooches (you know who you are... Dilly) then you can use them later to feed birds or pop them in the compost.

created on: 12/09/08

Popcorn, thread, needle and voila! A festive afternoon filled with delicious smells and a full tummy.

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How To: Whip Up a Minimalist Christmas Star

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/09/08

It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia.  Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity.  And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....

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Do a Mountain Dew Christmas Tree

by DIY Maven

Start saving your 'Dew cans and next year you could have enough to make this very unique Christmas tree. It comes to us courtesy of Quiltville's in-box. They have no idea who the maker is or how, specifically, it was made, but the pictures show the process fairly well. The guess is you'd need some PVC pipe, wire, a drill, a Christmas tree stand, about 379 Mountain Dew cans, some lights--of course--and a 2 liter bottle for the angle on top.

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How to Pick A Christmas Tree

by Lilybee

created on: 12/08/08

It's arguably the biggest Christmas decoration you'll put up and it'll be around for weeks, so how do you choose a good one? Well, according to professional forester Steve Nix, like this:

Perform a "freshness test" Take hold of a branch and pull your hand toward you, allowing the branch to slip through your fingers. Most, if not all, of the needles should stay on the tree.

Lifting and dropping the tree on a hard surface should not result in

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Fake Trees Go MCM

by Lilybee

 

I am a big fan of real Christmas trees (see here for an article about real V fake) but I could be swayed by something that looks like this:

created on: 11/24/08

Charles Eames' Chair Leg Christmas tree (check out the man himself hanging out beside it) the picture's from here.

Or this fellow, The Possibilitree, by Richard Babcock is $360 (yikes) from DWR.

created on: 11/24/08

They beat green plastic any day!

 

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Make Your Own Geek Christmas Ornaments.

by Chris Gardner

This year, make your e-waste into something celebratory with this collection of handmade geek tree ornaments from GEEKWARE. Currently in five parts (though expect some updates, as apparently, there's 100!!!), these how-tos include everything from ribbon cable Stars of Bethlehem to santa mice to my fave, keyboard key word ornaments.

Check them out here. The contrast between the techno-recyclables and the natural Canadian greenery is stunning.

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White or Silver Christmas Tree?

by Chris Gardner

Well, the Curbly holiday posts have officially begun, so thought I may as well solicit the ideas of the Curbly geniuses before the pre-Holiday sales are over

The blue-spruce-alike Christmas tree and cutesy country ornaments and tree skirt I inherited from my family totally clash with my wish-it-was-space-age-modernism decor in our living room. And I love Christmas...I mean love Christmas, so it's pretty problematic, as our tree is up ASAP, and...

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