How to Make Your Christmas Tree Look Taller (for Free)!

2 Materials
15 Minutes

Is your Christmas tree just not tall enough for your space? Maybe you moved to a new home and your old tree just isn’t cutting it with taller ceilings or more space?

Not to worry, I’ve got the Christmas hack of all Christmas hacks for you today. And the best part? It’s completely FREE. (Lots more Christmas inspiration over on my blog as well!)

Our 9′ flocked Christmas tree was looking a little short to me this year. I’ve used it in the past in this same space, but because we have a couple chairs sitting in front of it this year, it seems to visually shrink.

And I lost a good chunk of the ornaments (the BEST part) because the chairs were blocking them.

So I decided to give the tree a bit of a boost this year!

Step 1: All you need for this hack is a few pallets from your local hardware store, and some old blankets or sheets to protect your floors. I went to Walmart and Home Depot before some kind men at Lowe’s said I could take a few pallets home for free.

Word of caution: Be SURE to ask to take pallets behind any store! Otherwise its stealing, and I’ll have non of that Grinch like behavior here! 

Step 2: Next, we laid the big pallet down in the corner, wrapped in an old blanket to protect the floors. I then laid a white blanket on top to cover the colors and give a “snow-like” effect.

We put the tree on top of the one pallet and it just wasn’t quite tall enough.

Step 3: Add another pallet if needed (two is probably the MAX I would do). And for us, two pallets was just the ticket! I then added the final little pallet under my second shorter tree so it wouldn’t pale in size compared to the big one.

Step 4: Add your tree skirts on top of the pallets and voila! Your trees just got MAJORLY taller!

If that’s not a Christmas hack, I don’t know what is!

Head to the blog for more Christmas decor and recipe ideas! Tell me if you'll be using this hack this year in the comments below!

Suggested materials:

  • Wood pallets   (Lowes)
  • Old blankets

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 06, 2021

    The photo shows the tree stand just sitting on top of the pallets. Do you anchor it down or reinforce the stand somehow, to help strengthen it to resist tipping over due to the height and weight of the tree?

  • Shirley Hearn Shirley Hearn on Dec 06, 2021

    How tall is your tallest tree? It could be the picture but it already seems quite tall to me. I suppose you needed more height due to your very tall ceiling. How do you decorate towards the top of the tree? It is beautifully decorated.


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  • Jean5504 Jean5504 on Dec 06, 2021

    Absolutely beautiful trees! Looks amazing! It looks like you have a lovely home. I wasn’t smart enough to think of pallets, but years ago I would place my tree on an old, flat suitcase to give it height. Pallets are a much better idea!

    • DMC the bartender DMC the bartender on Dec 25, 2021

      I have used four milk crates with a 3.5 X 3.5 wood board for my 7.5' tree in a room with 17' ceilings. This year I am using a chrome and glass end table (with the wood board). Next year I want to put it in a different corner and use eight milk crates with another piece of wood. Yes, the milk crates fit together but using the wood to separate the stack of two. This would provide more stability.

  • Joy51659820 Joy51659820 on Dec 10, 2021

    Yes, the trees are beautiful. However, I would like to know more about the book-like decorations that are on the wall. They are unique and would be perfect for the bedroom I use as a computer/book room.