The Free-Spirited Christmas (Branch) Tree

By Dana Fox

I’m not sure what inspired me to create this off-beat piece of Christmas wall art. I found this branch on the road outside of my house and brought it inside, where it sat for about a week while I contemplated what to do with it. The idea popped into my head to turn this into a piece of holiday art somehow, but where to start!?

I grabbed a large picture frame I had hanging on my wall and turned it vertically. Using fishing line, I carefully tied the branches to the frame at the sides and bottom. From there, I just grabbed some colourful ornaments and went a little crazy. Is this piece for everybody? Probably not, but it has a certain charm about it I think. It reminds me of something out of a Free People look book. It would work well in small spaces where you can’t have an actual Christmas tree, and you can use ornaments that match your decor! Total cost: zero dollars… and all you need is a good branch.

Did I go a little nuts with this one, or do you like the idea?

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Solly Sunday

    I absolutely love this!

  • Jana

    Beautiful. Not to mentions so unique.

  • luzmaría Alam

    So cute, I like the combination of colors and looks elegant with the frame

  • Erin

    I love it!

  • Sarah S.

    LOVE this! this is perfect for a bedroom.

  • Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage

    Adore this, totally inspired to recreate~ YAY, thanks!

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  • meet.make.laugh.

    This is so sweet! Love the untraditional colour combo, though it still looks really festive. ~Stephanie

  • Gya

    So pretty

  • Carlyn Girl

    I like it, it's a fun activity that anyone can do.

  • Kay

    This is so beautiful in its simplicity. Who would have thought an 'old twig', a frame and some decs could make such a gorgeous work of art. You pulled it off my friend :)

  • Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails

    This is really adorable and smart. And pretty. I have a nice and tacky tinsel tree :/ But I love it

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  • Et tu, tutu?

    Haha, very interesting! I could see dressing this up in different colours and ornaments for different seasons. Fun! :)


  • Katie @ Lady Million

    We all go a little nuts around the holidays :) Totally acceptable.

  • charley

    This is seriously so beautiful! I have no space in my studio for a real tree, or even a faux one. This is such a great idea since I still want to decorate! Great idea xo

  • Emily

    I like it!! (also like that it's cheap 😛 )


  • Kristen @ KV Confessions

    Lovvvvve this so much! I must be weird because I really don't like putting up/taking down our Christmas tree – I prefer something like this for sure. We did something similar last year, but I like how this is more of an art piece. Go Dana!

  • Chelsea Lennox

    this is actually amazing. how you just come up with such an incredible idea amazes me. i wish i had your eye for design!

  • Love Sparkle Pretty

    Love this! I made a similar piece of decor with a branch that I painted gold, put in a silver sparkle bucket, and added some ornaments. You can see it in my post here: :) I adore the unique simplicity!

  • Stephanie

    Love the colors! :)

  • Gina

    Love this idea, It's perfect!

  • PrettyGloss

    Very creative & beautiful.

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  • Tatjana


    follow me<3

  • meglovely

    i always find the cutest things on here, thank you!

  • JoKnows

    I think it is gorgeous! Well done. It's funny, I made something with branches this year too…a rustic Advent calendar to hang on the wall. Take a look if you get a moment. :)

  • Charll..x

    this looks beautiful!!!
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  • Melanie

    I love the idea 😀

    Love xx
    Melanie ~

  • cupcakesandwanderlust

    This is such a great concept!

  • Jemma x

    Such a great idea! :) xxx