Wall Mounted Christmas Tree

When you don’t have a lot of space, finding somewhere to put a Christmas tree can be challenging. I’ve tried a lot of different alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree, and for the past couple of years, I’ve been using an IKEA wall hanging that has a Christmas tree painted on it, which I modified and added lights to. It’s worked great but this year, I wanted to have a more realistic looking tree, but still wall mounted to free up floor space. After racking my brains to figure out how to do it, it turns out it was super easy to do!


All I needed to make this beautiful Christmas tree were Glue Dots Flexible Hang Tabs and 3 9 ft long holiday garlands! The Hang Tabs have an adhesive that is strong yet won’t leave any residue on the wall when you’re ready to remove it – perfect for renters and a project like this which is temporary. And they couldn’t have been easier to use to build this Christmas tree.


You can watch this video to see how I made it or you can follow the step-by-step instructions below:


Step 1: Mark the outline of the tree on the wall, using painter’s tape. I made my tree 3.5 ft tall and 3 ft wide at the base


Step 2: Take a Flexible Hang Tab, slide the end of the garland through the perforated holes of the tab, remove the backing and then stick the tab to the wall, at the top of the triangle.

Christmas-Tree-step-2-part-1Christmas-Tree-step-2-part-2Step 3: Repeat the process, first going around the outline of the triangle and then filling in the middle of the tree, fluffing up the garland to fill in any of the blank spaces.




You can hardly see the green tape so you can leave it in, or remove it like I did.

Step 4: Decorate your tree! This is the fun part and you add lights and ornaments exactly as you would any regular Christmas tree.


Step 5: This is optional but the dress up the bottom of the tree, I made a simple base out of shimms for putting presents and more decorations and I also added a “tree trunk” that I made with a scrap piece of 2″x3″ that I stained a dark brown.


I love the way this turned out, and if you want to give this project a try, you’re in luck because the folks at Glue Dots are giving away 3 Hang Tag Christmas Tree Kits to make at home! Each kit will include garland, lights, Glue Dots Flexible Hang Tabs and painter’s tape so ornaments are the only thing you will need to complete the tree.

The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only and all you have to do for a chance to win is to fill in the information below before December 11th, 2016. Good luck and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Update:  This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be contacted and notified by email shortly.

** This post was sponsored by Glue Dots – all thoughts and opinions are my own **

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  1. Stephanie Hampton

    I think this is an awesome idea for my office. I’ve seen that I need three 9 ft garlands. How many packages of the hangtags will I need? Thanks!


    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Stephanie, I would recommend 2 packages of hang tabs – you might not need all of the second package but the flex tabs are handy to have on hand! Happy Holidays!

  2. sherry

    Hi Isabelle, Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Love all your decorating ideas. I’m still hoping for you to get your own tv show!

  3. Patsy Crisp

    I loved your wall mounted hanging xmas tree. I live in South Africa and would love to purchase the necessary. Could you please give me the website or email address so that I may order the kit if the company is happy to send to South Africa. The size you made is suitable – how many garlands would I need?
    Much appreciation

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thanks Patsy! I used 3 garlands to make the tree and unfortunately, I don’t think the company is selling the kits. You can find kits online that give a similar look if you want to get something ready made. All the best, Isabelle

  4. Hi, I just tried to make this and had a very bad expierence doing this. The glue dots weren’t sticky enough. I tried different tapes and no luck the garland kept falling and what a mess it was!! would not recommend this at all!!

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Anna, So sorry to hear about your experience. I’ve put up this Christmas tree using the glue dots flex tabs 2 years in a row and it stayed up for several weeks each time so I’m not sure what happened with yours!

    • Linda

      I had the same experience as Anna. It just would not work! Had to order tabs on-line as I could not find in any store…waited a week to receive. Garland just would not stay up on wall.

      • Isabelle LaRue

        I’m so sorry to hear that Linda – not sure why it’s not working for you!? I just put mine up again this year (see pic) and it’s holding up just fine… Maybe it’s the type of paint on your walls? I have a mat finish on my wall where I put up the tree.

      • Isabelle LaRue

        Here’s the pic of my tree I just put up

  5. Patrice

    Hi Isabelle
    I soooooo want to do this. I’m just a bit concerned about the flex tabs. Are they really sturdy enough to hold on the wall with lights and ornaments for the entire holiday season? Does the weight of the garland matter, or can I use any packaged garland from Michaels? Also, my wall tree would be twice the size of yours, probably 6×6 so I ordered 3 pkgs of the flex tabs. Think that will be enough??? I’m so excited about to try this but a little apprehensive too….LOL

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Patrice,
      I’ve done this Christmas tree 2 years in a row and both times the tabs held up for several weeks (I think I left the tree up 2 months each year). I’m not familiar with the garland from Micheals but I would use the lightest you can find. I believe I used 2 sets of lights and that was fine but the more you add on in terms of weight, the more tabs you will need. The ornaments I used were very light so they didn’t add much weight at all. Hope this helps!

  6. Heather Dewiliby

    This is just what I need. I have a new very energetic puppy, who I think will destroy my tree this year. On the wall, is brillant can’t wait. I get to have a tree this year. Thanks for sharing.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      That’s great to hear! I have a similar issue with my cat loving to play with ornaments and this is the perfect solution 🙂

  7. Wahnema Hardin

    I’m so excited to do this. I purchased the garland today at Walmart. Their’s is 12 feet. I bought two, maybe I can get two trees out of it. They had garland that already had lights on it, but I have so many lights that I didn’t spend the extra money. My only problem was finding glue dots. Of course they didn’t have what I wanted and everything I found was permanent. I asked for help and the gal found some sticky gummy type adhesive. It is used to hang posters and things like that. I’m going to give it a try though. I’m sure I’ll have to use a lot, but I’m too excited to do this to order the glue dots. Wish me luck!!!

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