Twig Christmas Trees

Photographs by Christa Neu

Hi y’all!  We just returned from a super trip down south to visit Andrew’s dear aunt Cheryl.  Needless to say we had a BLAST and loved every blessed second we spent with her (and the beach of course).

While we were away I was cooking up new creative ideas for the holidays.  However, before we traveled south, I concocted a Twiggy Christmas Tree.  Here in the northeast, we’ve been having the strangest weather; hurricanes, tons of rain and how could we forget ‘Snowtober’!  As a result, Mother Nature provided some beautiful craft materials in the way of limbs, limbs, and more limbs!

So, let’s get twiggy with it.  You’ll need:

  • A natural disaster
  • Twigs
  • A base for your tree (I used a Birch limb)
  • 16 gauge floral stem wire
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Hand pruner and a sharp saw
  • Wire snips
  • Wood glue
  • Moss (optional)
  1. Cut the limbs in various lengths so you can layer them to create the tree’s shape -think triangle.
  2. Cut the base for the tree.
  3. Using a drill bit to accommodate the 16 gauge floral stem wire, drill a hole in the middle of the twigs.
  4. Drill a hole in the base and insert the floral wire into that hole.  A little dab of glue will keep the wire in place.
  5. Starting with the largest twig, place a dab of glue into the drilled hole and slide the twig onto the wire — repeat with the remaining twigs.
  6. Snip off the excess wire at the top of the tree.
  7. Optional, finish off the base with moss.
  8. Done!

Easy right?  Happy crafting!

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15 responses to “Twig Christmas Trees

  1. Hi! Glad you had a good time in Florida…I love Twiggy Tree, leave it to you make something beautiful fr. Mother Nature…lol

  2. Another hit Mark. So cute and very smart of you to take advantage of Natural Disasters! 🙂 Twig on!

  3. Not sure I could duplicate the process given the instructions, but very clever nonetheless!

  4. Mary Colette Trostle

    The trees are so cute and your instructions made my day. I am laughing hysterically.

  5. I love it Mark! You are a creative genius

  6. Hi Mark , Welcome back , Good to see you’re branching out.

  7. “Let’s get twiggy with it”. HA! I love it. 🙂

  8. I love this! So cute!!

  9. Super cute! Such a neat idea. When I saw the wire, I thought you would be wrapping it around, but this works so much better!

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  12. These are very cute and fun. I love them! : )

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