If you’re ready to make a bigger commitment, designate a wall (or part of one) as your chalkboard wall. Coat it with chalkboard paint, let dry, and change up the decorations and drawings according to the season. Here, a hand-drawn fireplace and tree create a whimsical vignette. Then Christmas lights, a stocking, and leaves in the “frame” can add a 3-D effect. The whole scene is completed with a cozy lounge area in front of the wall.
This idea brings in the feeling of a real tree, but without the added bulk of a large fir. Various-sized branches are strung together with rope and ornaments are hung from the branches. The whole “tree” is topped with a rustic-inspired star. Place presents underneath.
Take a photo of a tree and turn it into a large-scale print at your local office-printing store (like Kinko’s or Staples). Attach it to a long wooden dowel and hang it like a tapestry with string. You can either leave the print as is, or add ornaments to a string and tape them to the tree.
For a trendy fringe effect, try adding strips of crepe paper in tiers. Fringe each strip with scissors and layer one on top of the other—you can play around with different color combinations, too. Tape paper stars and a tree topper to finish the modern look.
If your house is too small for a tree, it’s possible to still achieve the fresh scent of pine without relying on a scented candle or room fragrance. Take an extra-long wooden dowel and cut it into various sizes to create a triangle “tree” shape. Glue the evergreen branches (you can use rosemary, too) to the dowels. Once they’re dry, attach the wooden pieces to the wall with painter’s tape.
Clear your already-existing shelves and dress them up with festive décor for an easy, quick replacement for a tree. You can hang ornaments from the shelves or string garlands. Display candles, artwork, and other small accents to complete the holiday theme.
For a modern, abstract design, try this project. Wrap strips of ribbon on a wooden dowel and use floral wire to tie on greenery and flowers. Hang the dowel on the wall with twine and use a starburst wall accent or something similar as the topper.
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Prop a ladder against an empty wall and decorate with lights, ornaments, and garlands. Here, the white ladder with delicate accents gives the spot an ethereal feel. At the top of the ladder, you can go the traditional route with a star topper, or choose the more unconventional path and place a branch above.
This washi tape DIY is a no-fail, last minute project. Create a tree design on a blank wall with patterned washi tape and attach strings of ornaments on the “tree” with clear tape. Customize it to your décor style by choosing different colored tape and adding other ornaments or details.
For a bold, colorful Christmas look, try this wall “tree” made of an assortment of cardstock, painter’s tape, and string lights. Cut triangles out of the cardstock, then layer them on the wall in a tree shape with tape. For a finishing touch, trim the “tree” with string lights and push pins.