How To Make A DIY Dress Form Christmas Tree In 2024

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Looking for a unique and festive way to decorate your home this Christmas?

Why not try making a dress form Christmas tree!

This is a fun and easy project that anyone can do.

This incredible project uses a dress form and some artificial foliage to create a magical dress form tree.

These kinds of trees are becoming more and more popular, as people are becoming more conscious about their impact on the environment.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a dress form Christmas tree using materials that you probably already have at home.

Let’s get started!

How To Make A Dress Form Christmas Tree – Step By Step Tutorial

It doesn’t take too much time or expense to make one of these artificial trees and they’ll look fantastic in any home – perfect if you live in a small apartment or house.

Here is an easy tutorial on How to Make a DIY Dress Form Christmas Tree.

What You’ll Need For Dress Form Christmas Trees

An old dress form or mannequin
Chicken wire
Artificial or real greenery
A drill (if your dress form doesn’t have screw holes)
Scissors or a knife
Ribbon for decoration
Christmas ornaments – You can use anything from tinsel to garlands
Christmas lights
A bucket or basin to collect the scraps when you’re cutting branches
Measuring tape
Hot glue

Step 1: Prepare The Dress Form

A Dress Form Prepared For Dress Form Christmas Tree

If your dress form is old and has no screw holes, you’ll need to use a drill to make holes in the top and bottom.

Try to keep the positioning of the holes symmetrical and make sure they are big enough to fit whatever type of ornaments you are using.

If you have an old, wooden dress form, you might have to sand the surface first to avoid splinters when you’re putting the clothes back on.

If you want to repaint your dress form, now would be the time.

If you want to use old clothing, it’s best to choose something that is black or dark in color.

This will help the tree look more uniform and black clothes will blend in with the artificial foliage.


Step 2: Wrap A Piece Of Burlap

Drape a piece of burlap 24 x 43 inches around the dress form.

Secure fabric with T-pins, one inch from the top.

Tie the burlap at the waist.


Step 3: Make The Skirt With Chicken Wire

Skirt Made With Chicken Wire

Measure the hips of the dress form with the tape.

Cut a piece of chicken wire that is long enough to wrap around the dress form.

Make sure that the chicken wire is wide enough to cover the entire front of the dress form.

Unroll the chicken wire with a helper and fold in the sharp edges.

Once you have your chicken wire, use hot glue to attach it to the dress form.

Start at the top of the dress form and work your way down, making sure that the chicken wire is smooth and free of wrinkles.


Step 4: Add The Artificial Foliage Or Greenery

Greenery Attached On Dress Form

Cut some artificial greenery to fit the top of your dress form, making sure it extends all the way to the bottom.

You can also cut some sprigs of greenery to weave throughout your old clothes.

For a fuller tree, you might want to try combining real and artificial greenery.

Make it unique by incorporating different kinds of greenery.

Check the progress every other round and adjust as needed.

Make sure you place the greenery around the dress form in a way that makes sense.

For example, don’t put your lights in between the branches.

Make sure that you leave enough room between the branches for larger ornaments and don’t over-crowd the dress form.

If you are using real greenery, be careful not to overload your tree with leaves.

You want to keep the tree looking full and fluffy, but you don’t want it to look messy.


Step 5: Add Christmas Ornaments And Trim

Christmas Ornaments Attached On Dress Form

Now is the time to start placing your ornaments.

Think about placement and try to keep an even balance across the top of the tree.

You can also try weaving ribbon or other trims through the branches to add a little extra something.

Try to keep the decorations that you use on your tree within the spirit of the project.

Using brand-new, expensive decorations might be a little bit of a waste.

You want to repurpose as much as you can, so try and find decorations that are made of materials you can use again, like faux ornaments or ribbon.

You can also try to find decorations that fit the theme of the tree.

If your tree is black and white, try and find decorations that are either mostly black or mostly white.


Step 6: Decorate And Display

Decorated Dress Form Christmas Tree

Now that your dress form Christmas tree is complete, it’s time to decorate it!

You can use any kind of decorations for your Christmas tree, including fabric, paint, and glitter.

You could also use beads, buttons, and ribbons.

If you want to be really creative and make a dress form Christmas tree look like an actual tree then you should try using ribbons instead of branches because they will hold up better in the wind.

You can use garland, lights, ornaments, and anything else to make your tree truly unique.

Once you have finished decorating, find the perfect spot in your home to display your work of art.


The best thing about this project is that you can make it your own.

You can go as far or as little as you like.

You can use as much or as little artificial greenery as you want and you can even use real foliage if you want to.

The only thing that is important is that you have fun with it.

That’s what the holidays are all about.

This is the perfect DIY project for anyone looking to get creative.

You can use any item you have around the house as well as some that you might already have in your home.

The only thing you need is a drill, a piece of paper, a pencil, and a few extra pieces of chicken wire.

You can use these items to create a DIY Christmas tree that looks just like a real one.

Your DIY Christmas tree could be placed anywhere in your home.

It could be displayed with other ornaments around the house or used in your living room or bedroom to create a little ambiance for the holidays.

If you love crafting projects then why not turn this project into a DIY Christmas ornament?

It would make the perfect gift for someone special this holiday season.

Tasha Juli
Tasha Juli Korman is a fashion and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for over five years now and found her niche in the world of style! Whether it's taking you on a personal journey through her wardrobe or sharing outfits that match your own personal style, you enjoy following along.