8 Ways to DIY a Scandi-Style Christmas Tree

published Dec 13, 2020
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embroidery hoop with geometric white design on red background

Sure, a colorful and glittery Christmas tree is fun—but if your style leans more Scandi minimalist, there are plenty of ways to bring that vibe to your holiday decor.

The Scandi look is all about simple shapes, natural materials, geometric designs, and a neutral color palette (think: whites, beige, gray, and black). And fortunately, when it comes to Scandi tree decorations, there are plenty of ways to DIY the look—whether it’s with a paper banner, or a wood bead garland hung on twine or string. That means that creating a Scandi-style Christmas tree is surprisingly pretty easy and inexpensive to do, with results that look timeless and cozy. Read on for eight easy ways to DIY your own Scandi-style Christmas tree.

Use a white wicker basket tree collar

Skip a traditional tree skirt and reach for a collar made from natural materials instead. This one from Emma Radcliffe is made with an upcycled white wicker basket. To help it lay flat, she took off the handles and cut along the back and bottom to fit around the base of the tree.

String together a white and black paper star garland

A paper garland adds a warm, homemade feel to your tree. Alicia of @freshfarmhousefeels accented her tree with a Scandinavian-style paper garland made from white and black paper stars strung the stars on jute twine.

Try a textile-inspired Scandi ornament

A teeny embroidery hoop is the perfect frame for this simple sewn ornament from Polkadot Chair that looks like your favorite cozy sweater or quilt.

Create a natural wood bead garland

This DIY from The Merrythought is just as easy as it is effective: All that’s needed is twine and natural wood beads. Here, they added it to a tree that’s accented with white clay ornaments—very Scandi.

Credit: @helloimaubs

Make some pom pom gnome ornaments

Gnomes are a Scandinavian holiday staple. This simple version created by Aubrey (@helloimaubs) is made with scraps of twine, faux leather, and yarn. Bonus: Leftover materials are perfect for making wreath and macrame ornaments.

Opt for black-and-white clay ornaments

These clay ornaments from A Beautiful Mess can be customized with any design you want. For max Scandi vibes, stick with geometric patterns or dainty botanicals.

Put together brown craft paper stars

When it comes to topping your tree, think multi-dimensional. This geometric star option from Fresh Farmhouse Feels looks ultra high-end—but is made with simple brown paper bags.

DIY clay bead and dried orange hanging ornaments

Natural elements like pinecones and citrus fruits are a simple and minimalistic way to bring the Scandi winter vibes to your tree. Gabriella of Design On Her Mind accented her tree with ornaments made from clay beads and dried orange slices.