DIY Christmas Tree (From Wire Hangers!)

It’s almost December, which means it’s time to bust out the holiday music, hot chocolate and…Christmas decor!  If you’re like me, you’re happiest when every inch of your home is decorated for the holidays, but let’s be honest – it can really add up!  In a season where you’re already breaking the bank on presents and parties the last thing you want to do is spend more money to decorate your house, which is why I love this project so much!  You won’t believe what this cute little tree is made from!

…wire hangers!   Can you believe it?!  I took them out of my closet and didn’t have to spend a dime on what will be the structure of my tree!

Supplies I used:

  • 6 wire hangers
  • 24 ft. of green garland (I found a roll of 50 ft. at Home Depot for $5)
  • One 10 ft strand of 50 lights (I found this at Home Depot for $1.98)
  • Decorative Ribbon (I have a TON of ribbon laying around my house, but Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics always has theirs on sale for 50% off!)

The next couple steps are a little hard to explain, so hopefully the pictures will help.

I took 2 hangers and overlapped them to form a triangle shape.  I took the “hook” part of the hangers and hooked them around the base of the opposite hanger.  I secured the overlapping parts with masking tape (pictured above).  You will need to repeat this step 2 more times (for a total of 3 “triangle” pieces).

After I made the three main pieces, I inserted the leg of the 2nd and 3rd piece through the middle of the first piece to form the tree frame.   The legs should end up all be equal distances apart.

I taped the top overlapping pieces together, and the overlapping pieces in the tree’s center together with masking tape.

Here’s what it looks like from the top view:

There ya have it!  The hard part is over, and the tree form is complete!

I first wrapped the lights around the tree form, starting from the top and ending at the bottom.  I secured the lights with tape in a few places that weren’t staying where I wanted them to, but overall they stayed put.

Next I wrapped the garland around the tree form and lights, starting from the top and ending at the bottom.  I would occasionally wrap the garland around a piece of the hanger to make sure it stayed in place, while continuing to work my way down to the base.

If you’re having a hard time getting the lights and garland to stay where you want them, you could also secure them with green twist ties.

I added some decorative ribbon, but mostly just kept it simple.

I wrapped the ribbon loosely around the tree and tucked it in between the strands of garland to hold it in place.

I really love how it turned out.  You really can’t beat the price on this, either!

Happy Holidays! xoxo



12 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Tree (From Wire Hangers!)

  1. Lauren says:

    Wonderful ideas as always, Mary! I’m definitely going to be making this! Your house looks SO cute and ready for the holidays!

  2. Sharon Fooks says:

    I’m not crafty so if my question sounds stupid, please forgive me! Is there a reason why you did not attach the lights to the garland and then attach lights and garland to form in one step?.

    • The Cofran Home says:

      Hi Sharon! Not a stupid question at all! My lights were separate from the garland, so I just put them on in 2 separate steps. It would work just fine if you attached the lights to the garland first! Hope that helps 🙂 xo

  3. Jeannie Cerny says:

    Good morning! Love this idea. I’m wondering if the tree was sturdy enough to hold the weight of the garland and the lights. I went to purchase some garland and boy is that stuff heavy.

    • The Cofran Home says:

      Hi Jeannie! I bought the inexpensive garland, that was not too big or bulky and it was pretty light. I found some at Home Depot – but I’m sure you could find it at and Craft Store or Hardware Store. Hope that helps! xo

  4. Linda says:

    A lady where i work made these and they are beautiful. I always wondered how they were made. Can’t waite to try to make one. Can these instructions be printed ?

    • The Cofran Home says:

      So happy you’re going to try it out! You can try to right click and select “print” – it will print everything though (including pictures). I’d love to see your tree when it’s finished! xo

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