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Cheap DIY Wall Christmas Tree With Lights

How to make your own DIY Christmas tree on a wall using Command hooks, garland, and a string of lights for an Advent calendar or cheap Christmas decor.

wall Christmas tree with lights used as a DIY Advent calendar in a playroom

One of our family’s favorite Christmas playroom traditions is putting up a wall Christmas tree. It’s quick, easy, cheap, and requires practically zero storage space if you don’t have room for a traditional Christmas tree.

Even though we make it look whimsical for our kids, you could definitely use more traditional green pine garland to recreate this wall tree. It’s the perfect solution for setting up a tree without taking up space in an apartment, waiting room, classroom, or anywhere.

finished DIY Christmas wall tree with colorful tinsel garland in a playroom

How to Make a Wall Mounted Christmas Tree With Lights


Command hooks in Walmart


Step 1 – Mark Spots for Hooks

Use a pencil to mark where you want the top of the tree on the wall. Decide if you want a wide tree or a skinny tree from here to get an idea of the triangular shape you’ll create in Step 2.

Hanging wall hooks in a triangle to make a tree shape

Step 2 – Place Hooks

Place your Command indoor/outdoor light hooks on the wall in the shape of a triangle.

hanging garland on wall hooks to make a DIY Christmas tree on a wall

Step 3 – Weave Garland Through Hooks

Start at the top of your triangle shape to place the end of your garland into the first hook on the wall. Weave your garland down the triangle through each hook.

adding lights to a wall Christmas tree

Step 4 – Place Lights

Repeat the same process as the garland with battery operated fairy lights or plug-in string lights (if you’re near an outlet). Make sure the battery pack or plug ends at the bottom of the tree where the “trunk” would be.

hanging a star on top of garland on a wall

Step 5 – Attach Star

If you plan to add a star, attach a star shape of your choice on top of the tree using a Command large picture hanging strip. (I found my star in the dollar section of Target.)

Step 6 – Hang Ornaments

If you want to take it a step further, hang small shatterproof ornaments from wire hook on your garland.

Adding ornaments to a wall Christmas tree

Step 7 – Hang Advent Tags or Bags

For an interactive wall Christmas tree, attach numbered bags with treats or numbered tags with messages to the garland with clothespins. It’s a great way to turn this DIY Christmas wall decor into a fun Advent calendar.

You could use clothespins to hang up Christmas cards too!

kids' DIY Advent calendar on a wall in a playroom

Done! So stinkin’ cute I could die!

How to create a wall Christmas tree using Command hooks, garland, fairy lights, and shatterproof mini ornaments

No tools needed, super quick, stays in place, and it’ll all come down without any damage once Christmas is over.

It’s seriously SO easy to make this DIY Christmas tree on the wall with lights. It takes about an hour tops and turns out a little different every time. Lights and ornaments are totally optional, but it adds to the fun.

I probably don’t want to know how much we spend on hooks and hanging strips because we seriously use them year-round.

wall Christmas tree made of garland and Command hooks

This room is definitely not minimalist, but what’s the fun in that, anyway?

cheap DIY wall Christmas tree with lights in a playroom

Do you decorate your kids’ bedrooms or playrooms? Since having these sweet babies, Christmas is always extra magical, so it seems only fitting to add extra magic in their spaces for them to enjoy.

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  1. I just love, love, love all the color you used! I am so sick of the white out look everyone is using (and I still do my Christmas tree all white!). Color just seems to liven everything up.

    1. Thank you! It’s from Target. It was something like $5 for a pack of 3. Sooo cheap! They have it in the birthday party aisle.

  2. That has to be the sweetest playroom I’ve ever seen! You did such a beautiful job and this is the stuff your girls will remember years from now ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas!