While scrolling Pinterest this year I came across an Eclectic Home Tour featured on Kelly Elko and fell in love! In the post, she shares Aunt Peaches’ home, and I got so inspired to recreate an element of the Christmas tree she created. I had so much fun putting my own twist on these funky and whimsical tree branches. They are perfect to use as filler in any Christmas tree! I love the uniqueness.
This is a super easy DIY project, so much so I questioned if it was too redundant or “elementary” to post. But I did decide to share because with almost any do it yourself project (especially when I’m not following a tutorial), I learned a few things and wanted to share them with you guys. That way you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.
I decided to put my own little spin on the look by mixing store-bought pom poms with handmade ones for the added texture. I found this helped me achieve more of the whimsical look that I was going for. It’s definitely not a traditional style Christmas tree, but I’m not a traditional kind of gal either. This tree fits the bohemian and eclectic vibe I’m going for in my home.
My husband says the tree reminds him of Dr. Suess. I have to agree, and I kind of love it. Anyone doing a Dr. Seuss themed tree this year? That would be so fun!
Don’t worry this do-it-yourself project won’t be breaking the bank. You’ll either have these craft supplies lying around the house or you can find them for super cheap at a dollar store or even a thrift shop. Yay for affordable DIY projects!!
foraged tree branches
white acrylic paint (and/or) white spray paint
store-bought fuzzy pom poms
hot glue gun
Collect various sizes of sticks from your yard or a nearby forest. Look specifically for ones that have multiple connections off of the original branch. (Example stick in the next photo).
Paint the stick with
Though you could use spray paint or a combination of both. Just know you’ll probably have to do several coats of spray paint if you decide to go that route. I originally spray painted the branches first, but ended up using an entire can just to partially cover 6-7 sticks.
While the sticks are drying create your preferred size of pom poms using your favorite method. The method I use is the finger method simply because I don’t have a
Pom Pom How To (Hand Method):
- Start by wrapping the string around your pointer, middle, and ring fingers. Don’t wrap the yarn too tightly around your fingers (or you won’t be able to slide it off later).
- How many times you want to wrap your yarn around and how many fingers you use to wrap the yarn determines how big the pom poms become. My medium sized poms ended up being 2 inches, and I wrapped the yarn around about 30 times. This part is really about experimenting a few times to get your desired pom-pom size. If you want a different size, just make a few small adjustments! When you’re finished wrapping cut the string a little above where my left hand is (see Step 2 photo).
- Carefully slide the bunch of yarn off your fingers. Cut a small piece of yarn and simply lay it under the bundle.
- Tie it firmly around the entire middle of the bunch. Warning: Make sure to tie it tight enough to secure it, but careful of pulling it so hard you snap the yarn.
- Now that you’ve created two separate sections, snip all the loops in half all the way around.
- Trim the ends to a similar length. This doesn’t have to be perfect as you’ll probably need to give it a little haircut at the very end!
Now that you’ve trimmed down all the
Just be careful not to go too crazy. I just held the center of the
I mean, the before and after photo speaks for itself! Pom goals!!
Don’t skip this step. It can be time consuming if you’re making a bunch of them, but it’s totally worth it! I’ve made this mistake in a previous DIY, and the result isn’t the true fluffy
Finally, plug in your hot glue gun and glue on a mixture of your homemade and store-bought pom poms. I chose to add these fuzzy ones that I picked up from a local thrift store. If you don’t already own some, you could easily find these at the dollar tree in various sizes. I also think these felt ones from the craft store would be really fun.
I loved mixing the different sizes and textures of the homemade and store bought poms to create that eclectic and whimsical look.
The Final Look:
Here is what the finished product looks like!
I ended up making a total of 8 of these bad guys!! They were so easy to create, and I love the personalized look they give to my tree!
Our home is definitely not a “Pinterest home”, by any means, my husband and I just live in base housing. But I still like to make our space feel homey and fun!
I hope this gave you some Christmas inspiration! My blog is all about achieving style on a budget and decorating a Christmas tree is no exception. You can totally create a fun and magical Christmas on a budget!! I’ve gotten so many compliments on our funky little Christmas tree.
I also had so much fun creating these and think this would be so fun to do with kids. When I was a little kid, every Christmas my mom and I would make several ornaments for the tree (and to give as gifts to family). She even has most of them to this day! Creating ornaments for our tree is one of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood.
As I’m sure you can tell, the joy of DIYing for Christmas still hasn’t left me. My husband got a whole kick out of how much fun I was just hot gluing all the poms to the branches.
Even though the DIY I shared was really easy, I hope you still have fun if you recreate it!! If you do, please tag me on Instagram: @thegalista. I’d love to see your magical Christmas trees and decor regardless! Please feel welcome to share VIA posting a blog comment or