A minimalist Christmas decoration: a Christmas tree for your wall

Fir branches are attached to a wall so that they form the shape of a Christmas tree.
The Christmas tree doesn’t always have to be in the middle of the room.

  • Difficulty
    easy
  • Cost
    30 £
  • Duration
    1,5 h

Introduction

December is the most wonderful time of the year in many countries all over the world – Christmas time. A time when the halls in homes everywhere are decked with boughs of holly, while children (and not to mention adults!) can barely contain their excitement about unwrapping their presents under the Christmas tree. Our minimalist Christmas tree decoration for the wall is definitely something special you can add to that. It looks great, complements any room and doesn’t take up any space. We’ll show you how to build a Christmas tree for your wall in this step-by-step guide.

It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool in our overview.

You need
Utilities
  • sanding block
  • 80-grain sandpaper
  • Handsaw
  • pencil
Materials
  • 3x Pine strips (240 x 3 x 0.5 cm)
  • Adhesive pads that can support 2 kg
  • 1x bundle of fir branches (such as Nordmann) cut into 10–20 cm-long pieces
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Video instructions

Step 1 6

Preparing the wooden strips

Wooden strips are being measured with the Zamo laser measure and the tape adapter.
Markings are being measured out on wooden strips with the Zamo laser measure and the tape adapter.
A wooden strip is being sawn apart with a handsaw.
The ends of wooden strips are being sanded with a sanding block and sandpaper.

You need: Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), Handsaw, sanding block, 80-grain sandpaper, pencil, 3x Pine strips (240 x 3 x 0.5 cm)

First things first: start by sawing the strips to the required length. We recommend using a linear gradation for the lengths of the strips. This will give your Christmas tree a harmonious shape. In our case, we chose to use a 1 m-long strip at the bottom and a 10 cm-long strip at the top. Each strip in between is then 10 cm shorter than the one below it going from bottom to top (the strip above the bottom one measures 90 cm, the one above that measures 80 cm and so on). This means there are ten strips in total.
Using the Zamo laser measure plus tape adapter will make marking the points at which you need to saw incredibly easy (image 1 + image 2).

Then, saw the strips at the marked points (image 3) and then sand the cut edges (image 4).

Step 2 6

Decorating the strips

Fir branches are being attached to wooden strips with a cordless tacker.
Make sure the fir branches are fresh. Otherwise, the needles will shed too quickly.

You need: Cordless tacker, Fine wire staples (4 mm x 11.4 mm), 1x bundle of fir branches (such as Nordmann) cut into 10–20 cm-long pieces

It’s now time to decorate the strips. You’ll need fir branches that are 10 to 20 cm in length for this. Now, start attaching the branches to each strip with a tacker, making sure they overlap. Position the branches so that they’re pointing outwards. Start on one end and slowly work your way towards the centre. Then, do the same starting from the other end, making sure the branches are pointing outwards, and keep going until the fir branches completely cover the wood. You can fill any gaps with smaller branches.

Step 3 6

Preparing the strips for mounting to the wall

The centre of a strip decorated with fir branches is being measured with the Zamo laser measure plus tape adapter and the top edge of the strip is being marked with a pencil.
Adhesive pads are being attached to the back of a wooden strip to which fir branches are attached.

You need: Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), pencil, Adhesive pads that can support 2 kg

Now the strips have been beautifully adorned with lush fir branches, it’s time for us to get it all ready to hang on the wall. To do this, use the Zamo laser measure and the tape adapter to measure out the centre of each strip. Mark this point with a small line on the top edge of the strip (image 1). Then, attach enough adhesive pads (image 2). When buying the adhesive pads, make sure that they can be removed without leaving any residue behind. 

Step 4 6

Working out the positions for the markings to attach the wooden strips to the wall

A green cross line laser can be seen on a wall. A person is measuring the distance along the vertical line with a digital laser measure.
A green cross line laser can be seen on a wall. A person is marking a point on the wall.

You need: Cross line laser Quigo green, Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), Tripod, pencil

Next, mount the Quigo Green cross line laser on the tripod. Position it so that the horizontal laser line appears on the wall at the point you want to attach the bottom edge of your Christmas tree. The vertical line should also be level with the imaginary centre line of the tree (image 1). Mark the point on the wall where the bottom edge of the horizontal laser crosses the vertical one with a pencil and then mark another nine points 15 cm apart along the vertical laser line going upwards (image 2). These markings plus the lines on the strips from step 3 will be helpful later, when attaching the Christmas tree to the wall symmetrically. Leave the Quigo where it is and turn it off.

Step 5 6

Sticking the wooden strips to the wall

A person is carefully sticking wooden strips decorated with fir branches to a wall. They are using a green laser line to align it.
A wooden strip decorated with fir branches is being precisely attached to a wall.

You need: Cross line laser Quigo green, Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), Tripod, Decorated wooden strips from step 3

The next step is to stick the wooden strips to the wall. First, switch the Quigo Green back on and align the longest strip with the horizontal laser line. Once you’ve done that and the strip is firmly stuck to the wall, adjust the tripod so that the Quigo is higher and the horizontal line is in line with the next marking. Now, stick the second strip to the wall along the horizontal laser line (image 1) and repeat the process until all of the strips are stuck to the wall. Make sure that the centre points you marked on the top edge of the strips in step 3 are aligned precisely with where the laser lines cross (image 2).

Step 6 6

Adding decorations to the Christmas tree on the wall

Paper Christmas baubles are being hung on fir branches that are attached to the wall.
Make sure that whatever decorations you choose to hang on the branches aren’t too heavy.

Once all the strips are attached to the wall, you can start adding the finishing touches to your Christmas tree. Make sure that whatever you hang on the fir branches isn’t too heavy. Otherwise, let your creative side run wild – the sky’s the limit!