The Alternative Christmas Tree Post You’ve Been Waiting For

If sweeping up needles ain’t quite your thing, try this alternative Christmas tree how-to instead!

Becoming somewhat of a yearly ritual here on the blog, I’m extremely excited to share our alternative Christmas tree DIY with you all!  In true FP fashion, we gathered the twinkle lights, glitter and, of course, pom poms! — and worked up a little holiday creation that’s slightly different than your average Christmas tree. It’s a bit of a sparkle explosion, but what else would you expect? The brighter, the better in my opinion…

We enlisted the help of a visual display team member and an expert in all things crafty; with her vision, a piece of our holiday store display can now be interpreted for your home! Follow along as we walk you through the steps below…


What you need:

Branches / twigs

Baby’s breath / or any dried flower…

Spray paint


Pom poms

Hot glue

Spray adhesive

Clear matte spray


Assorted sequins ( has a great selection!)


Twinkle lights


Step One: Attach all branches together in one long line with wire.



Step Two: Spray paint them with a base color of your choice (we used gold).


Step Three: Spray adhesive gold twigs completely and add glitter.


Step Four: Once dry, nail the branches to a wall in the shape of a tree ( or other desired arrangement).


Step Five: Take the baby’s breath or other dried flower of your choice and spray paint with gold + add glitter. 


Step Six: Break apart baby’s breath and attach pieces onto the tree with wire.


Step Seven: String individual sequins onto wire and add onto branches.


Step Eight: Hot glue pom poms at the end of branches.



Step Nine: Add lights and your own ornaments. Ta da!



Shout out to Maddie for letting us use her beautiful studio!

Check out more holiday DIY projects on the BLDG 25 Blog!

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8 years ago

Great idea! I love it! I’m not really into the traditional Christmas trees, this is great :)
Victoria | Chronicles of a Mermaid

8 years ago

Wow, that is such a beautiful alternative to the ordinary Christmas tree, I love it!

8 years ago

Love this (& Pam) so much

8 years ago

I love this post because it’s a good idea with clear instructions. It also has a lot less waste at the end of the season.

8 years ago

Awesome PAM. Brilliant idea. A different point of view for an otherwise very commercialized holiday. YOU DID IT AGAIN.

8 years ago
8 years ago

SO darn cool! The Free People team is full of creative geniuses.

8 years ago

whats the instagram of this cool model/presentator?

8 years ago

PAM <3 whatta babe

8 years ago

Great job as usual Pam .
Your creative intuition never ceases to amaze me.
You must get it from me

8 years ago

A bit late to the Winter Tree Party, I just found your blog and am In Love already with your creative geniuses. This particular post is delightful and such a Space-Saver. No large circle of precious living room real estate can be carved even for a Winter Tree so putting it on the wall makes perfect sense. Thank you. (subscribed to your weekly updates too while I was here bummin’ around.)