Our Eco Friendly Christmas Tree by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Our Homemade Eco Friendly Christmas Tree

The past couple of years we have massively changed our thoughts about Christmas, opting for a more simpler approach to gift giving and to Christmas itself. No more evenings spent online shopping, no more endless shopping expeditions and no more useless and unwanted gifts purchased for family members and friends. We have consciously decided only to buy one gift for our boys and a couple of stocking fillers and prefer to exchange homemade gifts with our immediate family. Our main focus for Christmas is not gift giving, but appreciating what we have; spending time together as a family and catching up with our loved ones, even if that is by Skype!

We used to buy a six foot real Christmas tree every year when we lived in the UK. A beautiful nordic pine that we bought late November so that we could get the best out of the tree before we headed up North before the big day, for a family Christmas in Lancashire. We always bought a locally sourced tree but still found we ended up paying around £40 for the pleasure of having a farmed Christmas tree in our 3rd floor flat. Part of our simplified Christmas is to use what we have, be frugal and be kinder to the environment. Last year we had a olive branch Christmas tree, freshly pruned, the year before we dug up and potted a pine tree from the garden. This year we have opted to make our own tree!

Using some wooden posts, up cycled from an old fence, a few bits of wood from the old derelict barn we made a wigwam style frame. We used a few branches of a rather bendy and sturdy evergreen shrub to create a circular rings around the frame. Then we decorated the frame with pine tree branches, pine cones and eucalyptus bark from a neighbour’s recently felled trees.

The finished eco Christmas tree was the perfect place to tie on ribbon, hang the baubles and decorations that we have collected and made together as a couple and now as a family. We think our tree looks just as beautiful, if not even more so than a real tree. What do you think of the results? What is your Christmas tree like?

Eco Christmas Tree Stage 1Eco Christmas Tree Stage 2Hanging the Decorations on the Eco TreeThe Final Touches to our Eco Friendly Christmas Tree, by Topsy Turvy TribeWe made an Eco Christmas Tree by Topsy Turvy Tribe

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Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

17 thoughts on “Our Homemade Eco Friendly Christmas Tree

    Emma

    (December 10, 2017 - 12:27 am)

    Wow what a great idea, it looks brilliant!

    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (December 10, 2017 - 1:10 am)

    I love that Christmas tree, it is full of creativity and imagination
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    Sharon powell

    (December 10, 2017 - 9:02 am)

    I love this idea. And it looks great #MySundayPhoto
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    darren coleshill

    (December 10, 2017 - 9:51 am)

    That is a brilliant idea, Christmas is all about handmade gifts and decorations

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    Anne

    (December 10, 2017 - 11:39 am)

    What a brilliant idea, I really love it and would love to copy it someday. The tree looks beautiful and I really love your last photo.
    #mysundayphoto
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    Carol

    (December 10, 2017 - 2:03 pm)

    Great idea – I like your tree.

    Notmyyearoff

    (December 10, 2017 - 5:35 pm)

    I just love how you’re doing Christmas all stripped right back to super joys and giving and thinking about the good of the world! We tend to just focus on the boys too but I do give out lots of cards I probably shouldn’t bother with!

    Emma T

    (December 10, 2017 - 8:35 pm)

    It looks great.

    Ours is a fake one because I can’t be bothered with all the needles. I’ve had it about 14 years now. I’d love to change it for a fuller 7ft one, but they’a) expensive and b) I know exactly where my decorations need to go on this one to fit it up.

    Emma Raphael

    (December 10, 2017 - 9:38 pm)

    The kids look utterly engrossed in creating that, what a fabulous idea! #sundayphoto
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    Mummy on a Budget (@mummyonabudget)

    (December 10, 2017 - 9:39 pm)

    What a fab idea. It looks really lovely. #mysundayphoto
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    Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    (December 10, 2017 - 10:33 pm)

    I think the tree looks FABULOUS and the boys are clearly proud of their efforts! You raise such good points in this post and your previous one about a simplified Christmas – I am trying really hard to pare it back (not as much as you guys obvs!) the consumerism can be out of control at this time of year! Wishing you all a very merry Christmas (I assume you aren’t back in the UK due to the ref to Skype so looking forward to hearing all about the Portuguese Xmas in another post) xx #thesatsesh
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    fridgesays

    (December 12, 2017 - 9:25 pm)

    #thesatsesh shhhhhh I adore it, I agree with your sentiment as always and think it looks beautiful! it also makes for a lovely tradition of making it together 🙂 keep inspiring, and pop back and join the linky again in the new year – you’re a tote fav of mine.

    fridgesays

    (December 12, 2017 - 9:25 pm)

    #thesatsesh shhhhhh I adore it, I agree with your sentiment as always and think it looks beautiful! it also makes for a lovely tradition of making it together 🙂 keep inspiring, and pop back and join the linky again in the new year – you’re a tote fav of mine.

    fridgesays

    (December 12, 2017 - 9:25 pm)

    #thesatsesh shhhhhh I adore it, I agree with your sentiment as always and think it looks beautiful! it also makes for a lovely tradition of making it together 🙂 keep inspiring, and pop back and join the linky again in the new year – you’re a tote fav of mine.

    Tammymum

    (December 13, 2017 - 9:01 am)

    Ah it’s an amazing Christmas tree, I love it! IT’s very festive and looks amazing. I love the the ethos behind it even more. This is one thing we probably don’t over indulge in. We have the same tree ever year and the same decs. I occasionally add to them with one or two the kids choose but we haven’t even done that this year. Woohoo! Thanks for joining us lovey and have a lovely Christmas #familyfun
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    Ali Duke

    (December 13, 2017 - 5:59 pm)

    What a unique idea. Something your children will remember and treasure.
    #FamilyFun

    Helena

    (December 14, 2017 - 8:51 pm)

    This looks so much fun to do. #MySundayPhoto

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