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How to Make a Nine-Foot Grinch Christmas Tree {DIY Whoville Tree}

Want to add some whimsey and playfulness to your Christmas decor? Make this Whoville tree! It’s simpler than you think, and everyone will admire your unique decor. Here’s how to make a Grinch Christmas tree. 

There are many versions of the Dr. Seuss-inspired Grinch Christmas tree from Whoville-esque trees adorned with candy-coloured ornaments to snow-covered, oddly-shaped trees that set the scene outdoors.

Perhaps the most iconic is a tall, skinny evergreen wound up with wire and a heavy ornament dangling from the curved-over top. These represent the trees that Mr. Grinch robbed of ornaments then shut like an umbrella before tossing in his giant sack.

Quirky looking and cartoonish, a Grinch tree’s message is that Christmas isn’t about presents, or ornaments, or trees, or even roast beast.

“Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more.

Add Cheer with a Whoville Christmas Tree

It was Christmas 2011 when I was feeling a little blue during the holidays, and I wasn’t in the mood to celebrate much. By some magic, a Grinch tree entered my life, and Christmas was saved!

You can read all about the Magic of the Grinch tree here. Bonus: you will get to see how much Meatball resembles the Grinch.

After I published that post, I proceeded to field what seemed like endless emails from people ALL OVER THE WORLD trying to order the tree. I was blown away!

I emailed everyone back to say that I had described in the post how I made it, but they just wanted me to make them one, or fifteen, and in, like, the next two days, and then ship it across the continent.

Good grief!

I considered making them (for a minute) but since I’m more about “teaching someone to fish” than “fishing for them” I planned to write a tutorial for how to make a Grinch Tree someday.

A Simple DIY Project

That is really the whole point of everything I do here on Garden Therapy:  showing how to make some fun garden (or garden-inspired) project that gets people jazzed enough to give it a try. My hope is that they just may catch the gardening bug, get outside, have fun, and sing the praises of gardening to all, just like those little Whoville kids. I have big dreams.

Anyway, I politely told folks how to make the Grinch tree and the ones who made them sent the praises of a) how much fun it was, b) how easy it was, and c) how everyone loved their unique tree. Want to learn how to make one too? I’ve got you covered!

How to Make a Grinch Tree

Today I will break down the whole thing, step-by-step. Even better, you won’t be making a regular old Grinch tree. Nope, today you will learn to make one that is nine-feet tall!

By the way, if you don’t have the space, or just want something a bit smaller, I recommend you check out my post on how to make a tabletop Grinch tree. It’s the perfect way to pack all that holiday whimsy into a tiny package. ;)

For this particular tutorial, however, we are going large! Let’s talk about how to build an impressive 9-foot tall Whoville Christmas tree!

  • 5′ potted cedar hedge (you can certainly purchase a larger hedge, perhaps 8′ tall, which would make this project even easier!)
  • 2-3 x 4′ long, green, plant stakes
  • Cedar boughs (extra cedar branches usually sold for wreath-making or swags)
  • Green garden wire
  • Large pot tray to fit the nursery pot
  • Burlap sack
  • Ribbon to tie sack
  • Miniature tree lights
  • 5 yards of 6″ red decor mesh
  • 1 large Christmas ornament
  • Many smaller ornaments (like these clay acorns)

How to Make the Whoville Tree

Choose a full cedar shrub that is healthy, stands upright, and is symmetrical. I used a 5′ cedar hedge because that was what was available during the winter months.

If you think ahead and grab one when there are plenty of nurseries open that are full of 8′ hedges, you will have an easier time fashioning it into a Grinch tree.

Use the wire to attach the green plant stake to one or more strong stems in the center of the hedge. You want the stake to add an extra 3′ in height. (The remaining foot will be the branches that hang over the top.)

Begin adding boughs of cedar to build up the tree at the top, covering the plant stake. Begin with the cedar branches starting from below the stake with the leaves facing upwards, and layer more and more onto the stake to fill in branches all the way up to the top.

Continue adding branches and securing it with the garden wire until you have the rough shape that you want, with at least a foot of cedar draping from the very top of the plant stake. Reserve a few branches for filling in spots once you have bound the hedge.

If the tree is unstable at all, use 1-2 more stakes inserted in the center of the plant and use wire to attach it.

Now, when you have the height and fullness you want, you can begin wrapping the lights around the tree. Start at the bottom and wind miniature white lights around the tree, fairly snugly, tucking in floppy branches as you go.

The final look should be a bound, skinny, evergreen tree with a floppy top.

Decorate the Tree

Place the pot on the plant tray and set the whole thing into the burlap sack. Use ribbon to tie the sack at the top.

Wind decor mesh around the tree,

then add a large but fairly light ornament to the very top of the tree.

At this point, you can really personalize it. The tree is complete as it is, but you can add some of your favorite ornaments as well. I would recommend small ones, so as not to overpower the skinny design.

Want a smaller version? Don’t forget to check out how this tabletop Grinch tree turned out!

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DIY Grinch Tree {How to Make a Whoville Christmas Tree}

This 9-foot tall grinch tree is sure to add whimsey and fun to your Christmas decor this year.

  • 1 potted cedar hedge  At least 5' tall, 8' is better if you can find it. Should be full and symmetrical.
  • 2 3 x 4′ long, green, plant stakes
  • cedar boughs extra cedar branches usually sold for wreath-making or swags
  • green garden wire
  • large pot tray should fit the nursery pot
  • burlap sack large enough to go over pot
  • ribbon to tie sack
  • miniature tree lights
  • 5 yards 6″ red decor mesh
  • 1 large Christmas ornament
  • Many smaller ornaments (like these clay acorns)
  • Place your pot into the burlap sack and tie it with ribbon.

  • Use the wire to attach the green plant stake to one or more strong stems in the center of the hedge. You want to add the extra height to the tree to make it 9-feet tall. The amount you need to add depends on how tall your tree is.

  • Begin adding boughs of cedar to build up the tree at the top. Make sure to cover the plant stake. Begin with the cedar branches starting from below the stake with the leaves facing upwards, and layer more and more onto the stake to fill in branches all the way up to the top.

  • Continue adding branches secured with the garden wire until you have the rough shape that you want. To get that classic Whoville Christmas tree look, make sure to leave at least a foot of cedar draping from the very top of the plant stake.

  • Fill in any areas that look sparse with more branches if necessary.

  • Wrap lights around the tree, starting at the bottom. Make sure to tuck them into the greenery.

  • Next, wrap the deco mesh ribbon around the tree. Red will be the most classic color to use.

  • Add a large ornament to the top of the tree, then smaller ones within the branches if you like.


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What You’ll Need

To get started with your Dr Seuss creation, you’ll need to grab a few supplies:

A container for your tree
Oasis floral foam
Port Orford Cedar, 3-5 branches
Western Red Cedar, 3-5 branches
1 large focal ornament
Smaller ornaments to fill the rest of the tree
Wire floral picks
12-gauge aluminium wire
Garden clippers
Wire cutters
Bread knife


Prepping Your Station

To keep the D in DIY meaning “do” and not “disaster”, preparation is key – especially when working with children. Set up your stations first and keep your Whoville creation fun and safe for everyone involved.



Cut your greens. Line up your Porch Orford Cedar branches, trim them all to about 2 feet in length, and set aside. Then, take your Western Red Cedar branches and chop off the smaller branches extending from the centre branch. Split these smaller branches into 2-3 pieces and set aside. (Pro tip: Always cut stems on an angle to allow for maximum water absorption.)

Soak your foam. Fill a bucket with hot water, place your floral foam on top, and let it sink like an anchor in the sea. It’s a much slower process than giving it a nudge under the surface, but this method will prevent air pockets in the foam that will dry out your greens.



Fit your floral foam. Once saturated, drop your floral foam block into your container and trim away any excess foam 1 ½ inches above the top. Don’t go tossing away that extra foam like the wrapping paper on Christmas Day just yet, though. Use whatever you need to fill in the gaps between your block and the sides of your container for a sturdy fit.

Creating Your Whoville Tree

While it usually makes us cringe to see our plants drooping in any way, the most iconic part of this cartoon tree is its curved shape. Here’s how to make that happen:



Grab your trimmed Port Orford Cedar branches – which we use because they’re nice and floppy for the ultimate curve factor – and 2 pieces of aluminium wire about 3 feet in length each.

Bundle the branches together in your hand and wrap them together with one of the pieces of wire, using a spiral motion, and leaving a few inches at the bottom. Be sure to keep the wire tight as you wrap – you’ll need it to be strong enough to hold ornaments!



After you’ve wrapped it once, grab the second piece of wire and repeat in the opposite direction to create a criss-cross effect. Once you reach the tip, use the excess wire to create a hook that will hold your focal ornament.

Once it’s wrapped not once, but twice, you can shape the bend of your tree. Don’t worry about it being perfect just yet – you can always adjust it as you add elements for that perfect touch.



To pot your Whoville Tree, simply stick it into the foam slightly off-centre to keep it balanced. Plan your positioning carefully first. You should only push it into the block once and leave it there, or you’ll squeeze all the thirst-quenching ability out of it. If it doesn’t look just right – that’s okay! Like I mentioned before, you can always adjust your bend to fit.


The Finishing Touches

By now your show-stopping centrepiece is taking shape, but your arrangement isn’t quite ready to make the Grinch’s heart grow 3 sizes just yet. Give it that extra bit of oomph with these finishing touches:



Fill it out with greens. Remember those little Western Red Cedar clippings from earlier? Grab them and begin sticking them into the rest of the foam base. Start in the centre around your tree and work your way outward, turning as you go. Continue filling until the foam disappears!

Add your focal ornament. Whether you’re using a grandiose vintage bulb or a modern, whimsical shape, dangle your featured piece from your wire hook at the tip.



Fill in your tree. Working in groups of 3-5, add ornaments around your tree. Use whatever colour scheme you like, or none at all – just make it uniquely you!



Add ribbon tabs. To make the ribbon billow out from your tree, take pieces and fold them in half. Pinch them in the centre and use a wire to secure it in place, leaving a little extra to attach it to your tree or foam.



Add wire spirals. To make your own wire spirals, simply take your wire and wrap it around the handle of your clippers or even a pen, leaving a straight piece at the end. Slide it off and stick it into your tree or foam for an artistic touch.



Add other decorations using floral picks. Use the little piece of wire to attach any ornament to your arrangement to personalize however you want. The wooden pick will do all the heavy lifting in keeping it in place so you can put it wherever you so choose!


With the final personalizing touches, there you have it! Your very own Whoville tree that will have everyone as green as the Grinch with envy.

How to make deciduous trees yourself

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How to make your own deciduous trees.

Now there is a very large selection of trees for sale, but if you want to make your layout more original and you have time, then you can make the trees yourself.

We will tell you how to make deciduous trees yourself, spending a minimum of money and a little time at home. These are the beautiful trees we get in the end.

For work we need: fine wire, dishwashing sponge or ordinary foam rubber, any cap or cardboard on which we will wind our wire, pliers, which are usually used in beadwork and green paint of different shades.

We wind the wire on the cover. For one tree, approximately 8-10 cm high, one coil is enough. But if you want a thicker trunk and a branched tree, then you can take more wire. Having wound, thus, the wire, cut it from one end. We straighten.

At the bottom, leave a centimeter and a half - two for the roots. They will continue to serve as the stand of our tree. Next, we begin to form a tree trunk by twisting it with pliers in one direction, as in the photo.

The roots were straightened at the bottom, twisting several wires into one. Next, we begin to form our crown, starting from the lower branches. To do this, we separate the bundle of 6-7 wires and twist it in a spiral to about half. Next, we divide our wires in half and twist further separately.

Then we leave one branch alone on each branch, and then twist two. It's as shown in the photo. By the same principle, we make 3-4 more lower branches. So that the branches of the second tier do not come into contact with the branches of the lower tier, we scroll the trunk a little more up.

We make the second tier of branches, again scroll the trunk and form the top in the same way as we did the rest of the branches. Here's what we should get.

And this is the skeleton of the future birch.

Next, thickly coat our tree with PVA glue. Glue in this case plays the role of a primer, thanks to which, our future painting of the trunk and branches will be easy and pleasant. Here is our tree completely covered with PVA glue (as if covered with snow). Let it dry completely, about 2-3 hours. As soon as the tree is completely dry, we begin to paint it. We paint the trunk and twigs either with brown acrylic, or, if it is birch, with light gray with black dots.

Next, paint our future crown. For this purpose, we took a sponge for washing dishes and plain white foam rubber. We poured some water into a bowl and added some acrylic paint in different shades. Here you can experiment with shades. If you need summer trees, then we use lighter shades of green, we need autumn leaves in darker colors and apply shades of red, yellow, etc. with a brush. Wrinkle the sponge in water so that it is evenly colored. We wet the sponge again and, without squeezing, apply paint to the sponge with a brush: first with one shade, then with another, then with a third. It is enough to apply a little paint on one side.

And then just crumple it in your hand, putting a glove or polyethylene on your hand. The sponge, as you can see, was painted unevenly, which is what we need. Since the sponge was yellow, it gave us an extra shade of yellow. Here's what we got. We wring out our sponge from excess water and put it on the battery or other surface until it dries completely. Another shade was obtained by dyeing ordinary white foam rubber. As you can see this one is more green. The first, lighter sponge went to the birch foliage.

Next, we rub the sponge on a fine iron grater and get such crumbly - the future foliage of our trees.

Next, we dip our tree in PVA glue or coat the branches with a brush and lower them into the crushed foliage. And so every branch. Then let it dry, shake off what is not stuck. Then we again apply glue to the branches, but not with a brush, but simply dripping drop by drop from the vial and pouring a little crumbly and again until completely dry. And so several times.

Here is a birch after the first dipping.

We made a stand for each tree, this is for demonstration purposes. Cut out mugs from cardboard. Glue the trees to the base with a glue gun. They also glue the trees to the layout. Grass was made from the same crumb. You can add flowers from any material available to you.
A nest was made from sisal on one of the trees.

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DIY artificial trees

Artificial trees are a practical alternative to living plants. They are easily moved from place to place, do not require care and special conditions, do not suffer from pests. A hand-made tree can change the interior of a house, apartment, revitalize, fill it with positive energy.

According to the laws of Feng Shui, such a plant will bring happiness to its owner. We will tell you how to make an artificial tree with your own hands. You will learn about the most popular and easiest ways to create it.

The art of topiary came from ancient Greece and Rome, where the beauty of the surrounding space played a big role. Translated from Latin, topiaria means garden art. Beautifully and originally trimmed bushes and large trees were to the taste of the Catholic Church, and then secular rulers and aristocrats. They decorated palaces, gardens, greenhouses, parks.

In the last century, the ornamental garden became popular again. Figures from plants began to appear more and more often in flowerpots and pots. Today, a topiary is an artificial large or small tree, created with your own hands from improvised materials that can be found in any home.

Materials for making trees:

  • natural or artificial flowers;
  • fabric;
  • coffee beans;
  • artificial or live branches;
  • driftwood;
  • moss;
  • paper, napkins;
  • nuts;
  • shells;
  • cones;
  • candy;
  • satin ribbons, etc.

How to make an artificial tree out of coffee beans with your own hands

This craft will decorate the room and is also great for a gift. Coffee is a natural product that has an incredible aroma. And a tree made by hand will look great in the interior of any style, regardless of the color scheme of the room.

You can make it in different shapes and sizes: small, compact or large, solid. Creating an original decor will not be difficult for you if you use the step-by-step instructions.

Making an artificial bonsai with your own hands

It takes a lot of effort to grow a dwarf living tree. This is a matter of many days, months and even years. Much easier to do it yourself. You can add flowers to the branches and leaves - ready-made or created by yourself, any other decorations.

Use this article to create the base, it also contains a video of the manufacturing process. And how to make additions to the finished composition, your imagination and imagination will tell you. Luxurious bonsai is a great gift idea for a loved one, colleague.

Artificial big tree with your own hands

A majestic chic plant will decorate the atmosphere of not only a private home. It can be made and placed in the hotel lobby, salon, office space, cafe hall. Real or artificial branches are used as the basis for making decor.

Detailed information with descriptions of each stage of production and many photos posted on the site can be found here. You will learn how to make an artificial poplar tree, an apple tree with your own hands, and easily create a large plant with the help of the author's tips.

Do-it-yourself three-dimensional tree on the wall

Have you ever thought about giving your home an exclusivity? You can decorate the walls in the rooms in a unique way if you decide to make large artificial trees on them. To do this, you do not need special skills, you only need a great desire, skillful hands and imagination.

A detailed step-by-step description of the creation of an original large decor can be found here.

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