Rustic Scandinavian Ladder Christmas Tree
I've saved the best for last in my series of four DIY Christmas Tree inspired projects. If you have missed out on the other three you can check them out here. I did a Quick & Easy Pine Branch Christmas Tree, A Bauble Christmas Tree, A DIY Boho Christmas Tree Wall Hanging and this Rustic Scandinavian Stick Christmas Tree.
This one is the one I saved and used as our Christmas Tree for this year. I loved the natural and rustic feel of the tree by using recycled eucalyptus as the frame of the project. Thankfully we just had a large eucalyptus tree felled in our yard as it was dangerously close to our power lines. So I had my pick at what branches to use for this project.
This Rustic Scandinavian Stick Christmas Tree is really easy to put together as it only requires some jute twine and lengths of branches cut to the correct size. Hubby used a dropsaw to cut the branches to length however you can do it old school and just use a handsaw. It will just take a little longer.
The kids loved helping me add all the ornaments to the tree once I had put the frame together. They always get a kick out of looking at all the different types of ornaments and decorating the tree. I think this year they have helped me decorate nearly four trees with all the different projects I've done. So they have had their fill of Christmas cheer that's for sure.
So let me show you how to create your very own Rustic Scandinavian Stick Christmas Tree.
- 2 x long thick (reasonably straight) sticks - for frame
- 5 x small sticks (cut in staggering lengths) – for rungs
- Jute twine
- Christmas Decorations
- Decoration hooks
Step 1: Cut the long sticks off at the top and bottom using a saw or electric drop saw to create a flat edge on each end. Do the same on the smaller sticks. Making sure that you cut them to the length that you require for each rung in the frame.
Step 2: Cross over the top of the long sticks and tie with jute twine to hold together.
Step 3: Stand the long sticks up with the tied ends at the top and lean against a wall. Using the jute twine and the longest of your staggered small sticks tie each end to the frame, leaving a couple of inches from the ground.
Step 4: Next add the top rung to the frame and tie into place with the jute twine. Now evenly space out the remaining rungs to create the “ladder” look on the frame. Use the jute twine to tie each of the rungs into place.
Step 5: Now it is time to add some decorations. Add one type of decoration on first using the decoration hooks to attach to each rung, evenly spacing them out along the rungs. Repeat the process with other types of decorations. This will give an aesthetically pleasing well thought out tree.
Step 6: Add other Christmas décor and greenery around the frame along with presents.