DIY Christmas Tree Made of Firefly Lights

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We thought we would come up with an alternative DIY Christmas tree that wowed without all the fuss. And after we dropped by the Christmas tree lot and saw how much a tree would cost, we knew we could do better. We had gotten inspired by beautiful outdoor light displays, and alternative Christmas trees we see every December in high end resorts and hotels. So, we got to work to make a simple DIY Christmas tree made of firefly lights! Here is how you can make one too, for around $60!

These are the firefly lights we got from ‘Amazon‘. (Also called fairy lights!) They were $49.99 when we bought them. We bought a 1000 light string that was 328 feet long. It allowed us to make a seamless tree with our 9 foot ceiling.

We made the base out of MDF. Cut a circle out of a 4 ft by 4 ft piece of wood.

We put small cup hooks spaced out evenly all the way around. And then a larger cup hook in the ceiling.

We then alternated feeding the firefly lights from bottom to top until we had completed the enitire tree all the way around! You probably will want to check out our blog post for details on this!

Make sure you gently pull the firefly light wires taut between each hook. Gently!

You can then also decorate the base to your preference!

And now we have the best DIY Christmas tree we ever made, using only firefly lights! This tree is so pretty, you don’t need ornaments! The photos don’t do it justice. The lights magically glow off every reflective surface in the room.

More details on our blog. Stop by and check it out!

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Kathy&Steve @ TBD•TGG•OhMeOhMy
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  • How far apart did you space your cup hooks in the midfield for the bottom base? TIA

  • Sorry, how far apart did you space your cup hooks in the mdf base? I pad typed the wrong word for mdf and I didnt catch it before I sent the question. TIA

  • Linda Linda on Nov 11, 2021

    How did you get it to light? You didn't mention any electrical instructions.


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  • Lilith Lilith on Dec 07, 2021

    I wish you would have shown how you did the top. I am a visual person. This is beautiful.

    • Yeah - wish we had a photo of that - Here is what we did -

      "anchor your large hook into the ceiling where you wish the top of this amazing fairy light tree to “live”. We just used a larger 2 1/2 inch cup hook and made sure it went into a stud for strength and stability. You could also use a wall anchor if there is no stud where you want your tree. Center the round base under the ceiling hook." More info on our blog. -

  • Bry Bry on Dec 18, 2021

    I LOVE your string Christmas tree! It looks so beautiful. I have my own version of this in my front yard. I would like to have back-up instructions for outdoor use. Not sure solar would work here in Upstate NY. Dreary days and snow might cover the solar disk.