Christmas Tree House on a Dime

Christmas Trees

If you didn’t already know, Christmas is my favorite time of year. Well before having my website, I used to create all kinds of fun things for the holidays like fancy cookies, specialty painted signs for our front door (our former home’s front door is shown below), and even handmade gifts for friends and family. However, now that I am chronicling my family adventures, I get to share the behind-the-scenes part of the creativity, which is very exciting to me.

I painted this Peace and Joy sign for our former house but was only able to bring the small Joy sign with us. (I also painted the Christmas Tree at a painting party with my sister one year.)

As I mentioned in a prior post, we scaled down our Christmas decorations quite a lot this year due to moving. We couldn’t take every item we collected over the past 20+ years or we wouldn’t have had enough room for the necessities like clothes, pots and pans, and furniture. This gave me a goal though. I decided I would create a fabulous Christmas house on a dime. I knew I could do it. After all, I had packed some ribbon, a ruler, red poly mesh, an X-acto knife and had plenty of imagination and heavy cardboard boxes. What more does a lady need?

Even though my husband and I both work, things cost a lot more in Alaska. Thus, if you are like most people, every penny adds up. I didn’t want to sacrifice the Christmas house my family is used to just because I wanted to save a little money. Since I had some boxes and a little time, I sat in the carport brainstorming. The first thing I knew I needed to do was spray paint the boxes green. This was the start of my idea for the Christmas tree theme. You will find the list of items needed below, how to order some of those items, and a photo diary giving the progress from beginning to completion. I hope you enjoy and consider doing for yourself if you need to save some money on decorations this Christmas season!

The total cost of this project was around $5.00 because I had to purchase spray paint and some white poster board for behind the tree box.

Items needed:
Heavy Duty Cardboard Boxes
X-acto knife
Green Spray Paint
Red Poly Mesh Ribbon
White Poster Board
Christmas Lights (optional for lighted tree box)

Empty boxes and time in the carport was the beginning of this Christmas project
Green Gloss Spray Paint is needed
McKinley and I spent some time outside. I sprayed more boxes than I needed. (This was before the first snow day!)
I used a ruler to make my first tree and then used it as a template.
Then, just cut, cut, and cut until you have all of your trees cut out.  (The empty box will be used too!)
It is starting to come together!
You need poster board unless you leave the tree open and add lights.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted lights in the box at first.  In the end, I went with a white background.
I ended up going with the white tree look.
Wrap the red mesh ribbon around the tree… it will cover any imperfections. Wrap twice.



The Christmas trees are my favorite
The entire look for the fireplace makes me happy.
Side view
Walking from the kitchen to the living room, we have another Christmas “side table.”

Items below if desired:

I sure enjoyed completing this project! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Joy and Love,

4 thoughts on “Christmas Tree House on a Dime

  1. Wow Melissa I love what you did, so cute! I know how you love Christmas. My granddaddy did too. His favorite thing was to get a Santa

    or any toy that had a wind up key (maybe battery as well). He loved that these figures would jump, clack, or walk etc. Love and miss you.


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