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DIY Christmas tree from driftwood – heylilahey.

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Christmas Tree – Oh Christmas Tree! I want you to be made sustainably

I do love Christmas decorations, but I actually prefer more minimalist boho style decorations. To that end, I also always try to find slightly more sustainable alternatives.

Sustainable Christmas treeAnd

unfortunately, classic Christmas trees don’t seem to be the most sustainable option. I love them and don’t rule out maybe buying a classic Christmas tree again next year. Apparently, however, it is best to buy native trees, for example, in Germany spruce, pine or fir trees that grow in so-called special areas under power lines or on overhead power lines. The short transport route also has a positive effect on the ecological balance of the trees and you can buy them without a guilty conscience. Even better, but more difficult to find, are regional Christmas trees from ecologically managed farms that are FSC, Naturland or Bioland certified (source).

Christmas Tree AlternativesI

did a little research, and if you’re not in the mood for a classic green Christmas tree, you might find a few more options for alternative decorations here


  • Christmas tree ladder – very modern, but a practical solution: just decorate a thin ladder with fairy lights and foliage
  • Cardboard Christmas tree: Either make your own (ideas finder on Pinterest!) or buy online, for example at Original Unverpackt (with the code OUHEYLILAHEY you get 10% off).
  • Or a hanging Christmas tree made from sticks or driftwood

Here are a few shopping ideas, and below are my pinned Pinterest ideas:

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My driftwood Christmas tree alternativeI

think I first saw this idea on Pinterest, but ages ago: A driftwood Christmas tree! And at first I just wanted to buy one. But they were pretty expensive and sold out very quickly. Then two weeks ago we were walking on the beach and the whole beach was full of driftwood. There was soooo much lying there! I quickly googled and learned that it is okay and allowed to collect driftwood on the beach, as long as you don’t do it excessively and commercially. So I collected some sticks, let them dry at home and got to work

accessories & measurements


  • Wood, sticks or driftwood – You can use any sticks, it doesn’t have to be driftwood.
  • You can even use regular shaped sticks that you can get at the hardware store. I used 44 sticks for the final product – a couple broke during the process. So if you use driftwood, best to have a few spare sticks. And some sticks were only about 4 inches long. The longest one was 65 cm long.
  • Tape measure and a pencil
  • A metal stick (it should be a fairly sturdy one so it doesn’t bend from the weight of the wood, ours was 5 mm in diameter and 100 cm long)
  • A cordless screwdriver with a wood drill of the same diameter as the rod (or a little smaller)
  • A base – either make your own from plywood and a saw, or buy round wooden boards at the hardware store. I made two out of plywood. They were 20 cm in diameter and 2.5 cm thick each. I didn’t have to glue them together, but it probably would have been useful.
  • Glue
  • In the end, our Christmas tree was as tall as the length of the pole (100 cm). And the actual Christmas tree, just the part where the poles are attached, is about 75-80cm tall.

Step 1 – Sort and measureFirst

I sorted my sticks by length, measured the middle and marked it with a pencil. This doesn’t have to be exact. I also sorted the sticks by length so that the longest sticks were at the bottom and the shortest at the top to create a typical Christmas tree shape.

Step 2 – DrillingI

simply drilled holes in the marked area so I could put the metal rod through later. I tried to do this very carefully, as some sticks were quite thin and some even broke when I drilled through them. But luckily I had a few spare sticks.

Step 3 – Metal rodIn


next step, I simply pushed the sticks through the holes onto the rod. This wasn’t always easy, and I had to kind of tap them in, so to speak, by lightly hammering the rod on the ground while trying to slide the sticks onto the rod. And again, a couple of sticks broke during this process, but at least they were firmly and nicely secured to the pole.

Step 4: PedestalWe

made our own pedestal by cutting circles out of plywood and then drilling a hole in the center (the same width as the holes in the sticks). You can also just buy round wooden boards from the hardware store. It would probably also be good to use some glue, but that wasn’t really necessary in our case.

Optional: star for the topWe

also drilled a hole in a slightly thicker stick lengthwise (it looked a bit like a cork) and glued a cute little wooden star I found at TK Maxx on top. We could have just glued the star to the top of the stick, but I prefer to have the option to take the star off in case I want to take the whole tree apart.

The detailed instructions are in my YouTube video

: the final step is to simply decorate the tree You can also sand and paint the wooden base, but I just draped a pretty piece of fabric around it so I can hide the fairy lights batteries in the fabric


I hope the DIY tutorial was helpful and I’m curious to hear: Do you have a Christmas tree at home? What kind of tree? The classic one or an alternative?

Speaking of Christmas decor, here are a few more shopping ideas for aesthetically pleasing Christmas decor:

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