Birch Branch Christmas Tree Tutorial

Birch is very popular for crafts and decorating any time of year, but its snowy, paper-like bark makes it ideal for holiday projects. This charming wall decoration made with ascending birch branches in the shape of a Christmas tree is a charming tree alternative — for those who are looking to branch out from the norm.

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Things You'll Need

  • Birch branches
  • Saw
  • 1 3/16" screw eyes
  • String or twine
  • Thin sticks
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Step 1: Cut Birch Branches

Most people don't have birch branches waiting to be cut down for holiday projects, so what's one to do? Fortunately, most crafts stores sell them because they are so popular. My local crafts store sells 5-foot lengths. Using a saw, cut the 5-foot branch into four sections: 24 inches, 18 inches, 12 inches, and 6 inches. Birch cuts very easily.

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Step 2: Add Screw Eyes to Bottom Branch

Starting with the 24-inch piece of birch, which will be the bottom of the tree, attach a screw eye about 2 inches from both ends.

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Step 3: Add Screw Eyes to 18" Branch

Moving up to the 18-inch branch, add screw eyes one to two inches from both ends. In addition, attach a screw eye on the bottom of the branch at the midway point. This bottom screw will connect to the screw eyes in the 24-inch branch.

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Step 4: Add Screw Eyes to 12" Branch

Repeat with the 12-inch branch, attaching screw eyes to the two ends and the midway point at the bottom, which will connect to the screw eyes in the 18-inch branch.

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Step 5: Finish with the 6" Branch

In a similar fashion for the 6-inch branch, attach screw eyes to the two ends and the midway point on the bottom.

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Step 6: Connect the Branches

Starting at the bottom 24-inch branch, tie pieces of string to each screw eye and connect the strings to the screw eye at the bottom of the 18-inch branch. Make sure the two branches are parallel, about 7 inches apart. Then tie strings to each screw eye in the top side of the 18-inch branch, and connect them to the screw eye at the bottom of the 12-inch branch. Again, make sure the branches are parallel.

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Finally, tie strings to the screw eyes at the top side of the 12-inch branch, and connect them to the screw eye at the bottom of the 6-inch branch.

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Step 7: Make a Hanging Loop

Tie a string to connect the two top screw eyes in the 6-inch branch to make a hanging loop. When hung on a hook, the loop becomes triangular to form the top of the tree.

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Step 8: Form the Star

Tie together three 6-inch sticks with string to form a star.

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Step 9: Decorate the Tree

Hang the birch branch tree and the star on a hook, and decorate the tree with ornaments.

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