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Add a touch of Grinchmas whimsy to your holiday decor this year with a delightful and unconventional DIY Christmas tree! In this step-by-step DIY, I will show you how to make a bent-over Grinchmas tree using fresh-cut greenery and wire. This fun and unique tree promises to be a conversation starter, bringing a playful and festive spirit to your home.

Tabletop Grinch trees made from fresh evergreen branches lined up on a farmhouse table in small antique terracotta pots.

I love to include Grinch trees in my holiday decorations each year. This festive tree always brings a smile to whoever comes over during the holiday season, instantly making them think of Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Cindy Lou! This themed Christmas tree, especially the tabletop version, makes a great gift idea.


These Christmas trees are fun to leave simple or to bust out your wildest Christmas decorations and go totally Grinch-style wild! Before you jump into making your Whoville Christmas tree, there are a few things to consider.

What Is A Grinchmas Tree

“Grinchmas Tree” typically refers to a Christmas tree inspired by the fictional character the Grinch, created by Dr. Seuss. The Grinch is a green, furry creature known for disliking Christmas and attempts to steal the holiday joy from the residents of Whoville in the classic Dr. Seuss story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

A Grinchmas Tree is often decorated with a Grinch theme, featuring green decorations, Grinch ornaments, and possibly even a Grinch tree topper. The color scheme is usually focused on the Grinch’s signature green color, and you may find elements that reflect the whimsical and mischievous nature of the character.

 

​Variations of Grinchmas Trees

There are a few different types of Grinchmas trees you can make. No matter your size or style, the tree’s base structure will always be the same. So keep it simple or go all out, GRINCH; whichever way you decorate it, just have FUN!


Scandinavian Grinchmas Tree – 

Scandinavian Christmas decor has gained popularity in recent years, and this is the style of tree I will show you in this post. This tree style can be made using one type of greenery, or you can try mixing and matching different types of evergreen to add texture. 

This style can be made as a large planter or in a small pot for a tabletop minimal Christmas tree and can be finished with or without decorations. I love to add a few twinkle lights and a clay ornament or antique mercury Christmas ball as the tree topper. 

Miniature tabletop Grinchmas or Grinch trees for Christmas in antique terra cotta pots for bases.

Natural Grinchmas Tree

A natural Grinchmas tree uses natural elements as the decorations. Wrap the tree in homemade popcorn or cranberry garland and top it off with a beautiful frosted pinecone or a dried orange slice ornament. 

Decorating your Grinchmas tree this way will add a unique earthy vibe to this playful style of tree. 

Grinchiest Grinchmas Tree

This is the most traditional style of Grinchmas tree and, of course, the most popular too! This is your opportunity to go ALL out with the decorations and have some fun! 

Try wrapping your tree in a colorful candy cane ribbon and multicolored twinkle lights. Then, add a few brightly colored ornaments for another pop of color! The key to decorating this way is to go all out with oversized and smaller ornaments and colorful decorations!

Best Greenery To Use

Spruce

Spruce is an excellent option to use when making Grinchmas trees. It is easy to find and is a full-bodied evergreen that works well as it becomes quite sturdy. It is a great evergreen to mix with others because of its fullness. 

The type of greenery you use for your Grinchmas tree will change its appearance completely. Depending on what is available in your area, there may be more or fewer options.

The downfalls are it can be quite hard on the hands, and some variations have a very muted green tone. All spruce will also shed its needles, so it can be a mess if you bring it into your home.

Fir

Fir, like spruce, is a beautiful evergreen as it is very sturdy and makes an excellent base for your Grinchmas tree. The green tone of fir is very bright and beautiful, and the needles of this variation do not shed, which makes it wonderful to have indoors. It is a softer needle, making it much kinder to your hands than spruce. 

The only real downfall is that depending on where you live, it can be challenging to find.

The Grinchy tree shown here was made with Douglas Fir branches, and I love how they look like they are straight out of Whoville with the flocked snow on top of them!

Fir is probably my favorite evergreen to use to make Grinchmas trees. 

Pine

Pine branches are usually thinner and shorter than spruce or fir, but this type of branch can give your Grinchmas tree a unique look. The green color is much lighter as well.

Pine is relatively easy to work with, but the long needles can be sharp on the hands.

Cedar

Cedar branches are a great option to use when making a Grinchmas tree. The branches are very soft to the touch, so you never have to worry about hurting your hands. The color is quite vibrant, and when the cedar dries out, it curls on the end, giving the tree an extra Grinchy look! 


The only downsides are that it can sometimes be hard to find or forge unless it grows locally in your area, and cedar branches are quite thin, so you have to use a lot of branches to make your tree. I would suggest mixing cedar branches with other types of evergreen for a textured look to your Grinchmas tree.

How To Make A Grinchmas Tree

Now that you have all the details to decide what type and size of Grinch tree you want to make let’s get crafting!

Supplies necessary to make a Grinch or Grinchmas tree.

Materials 

Instructions

  1. Begin by gathering your fresh-cut greenery. Head outdoors or visit a local tree farm to collect the desired amount and variations. 
  1. Secure the trunk by placing the large wooden pole or branch into your base and securing it with gravel, bricks, or styrofoam. This will act as your Grinch tree trunk. 
Secured wood pole in a base with bricks to make a fresh evergreen Grinch tree.
  1. Next, shape the base by gathering a selection of solid branches together and arranging them around the base with the base of the branches facing up.  This will be the foundation of your whimsical creation, so make sure it is sturdy and strong.
Adding fresh greenery branches to the base of the Grinchmas tree and securing with wire.
  1. Secure the branches in position using wire. Wrap the wire tightly around the base, ensuring stability. Trim excess wire with wire cutters.
  1. Now begin layering and shaping the Grinchmas tree. Add a layer of additional branches, securing each layer with wire as you go. Continue shaping the tree, adjusting the branches to achieve the desired whimsical appearance and size.
Using wire to wrap around the branches of a fresh Grinchmas tree.
Wrapping wire around the branches of a DIY Granchmas tree to bend the top.
  1. Once you are happy with the size and shape, finish the top of the tree by tightly wrapping the remaining branches with wire until the end becomes very thin. Then, bend the top over, giving the effect of a bent-over or bendable Christmas tree. 
  1. Now that the basic structure is in place, it’s time to add the Grinchmas charm! Decorate your bent-over tree with your favorite ornaments and Christmas tree decorations, creating a playful and unique holiday display. Or, like I have done here, simply add a few twinkle lights and leave the tree looking minimal.
Snow covered bent over Grinchmas trees on the steps of a front porch for the holidays.
  1. Complete your bent-over Grinchmas tree with a tree topper of your choice. A whimsical star or Grinch-themed decoration would add the perfect finishing touch and Christmas cheer.

Tips and Tricks to Make A Grinchmas Tree

  • Choose a fresh evergreen tree with sturdy branches. Consider a tree variety like a fir or spruce with dense foliage.
  • Before beginning, cut your branches to your desired size and shape. This will save time when you have your hands full trying to make the tree.
  • Use floral wire or twine to secure the branches in the desired bent position. Wrap the wire around the branch and trunk, creating a subtle curve. Make sure it’s secure and tie it off.
  • For extra flair, incorporate ribbon or garland into your Grinchmas tree. Wrap it around the bent branches, weaving through the greenery for a festive touch.
  • Make your Grinch tree extra Grinchy by adding bright green color Christmas ornaments.
Snowy front porch of a white Victorian house with two bent over Grinchmas trees covered in snow.

 
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Frequently Asked

Can you plant a Grinch tree?

No, you can’t plant a fresh evergreen bent overGrinch tree. This type of tree has no roots, so it won’t grow once planted.

Why is the Grinch tree bent?

The bent or drooping tree represents the Grinch’s attempt to steal the joy of Christmas by taking away the physical decorations. 

Bent over Grinchmas trees with dried orange slices hanging off the top.
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How To Make A Grinchmas Tree

Grinch trees are so much fun at Christmas time! Is is so easy to make them, big or small! Try this tutorial and learn how to craft and decorate a festive bent-over Grinchmas Christmas tree using fresh-cut greenery and whimsical decorations.
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: christmas
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Grinch Tree, Grinchmas Tree, Grinchy Tree, How to Make a Grinch Tree, How to make a Grinchmas Tree
Yield: 1 tree
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Wire ( 28 gauge floral wire or garden wire)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Garden Gloves

Materials

  • Fresh-cut greenery (a variety of greenery works well)
  • A study wood pole or branch​
  • Base or Bucket
  • Bricks, Gravel, Sand or Styrofoam
  • Twinkle lights
  • Ornaments and decorations (optional)
  • Ribbon or garland (optional)
  • Tree topper (optional)

Instructions

  • Begin by gathering your fresh-cut greenery. Head outdoors or visit a local tree farm to collect the desired amount and variations. 
  • Secure the trunk by placing the large wooden pole or branch into your base and securing it with gravel, bricks, or styrofoam. This will act as your Grinch tree trunk. 
    Secured wood pole in a base with bricks to make a fresh evergreen Grinch tree.
  • Next, shape the base by gathering a selection of solid branches together and arranging them around the base with the base of the branches facing up.  This will be the foundation of your whimsical creation, so make sure it is sturdy and strong.
    Adding fresh greenery branches to the base of the Grinchmas tree and securing with wire.
  • Secure the branches in position using wire. Wrap the wire tightly around the base, ensuring stability. Trim excess wire with wire cutters.
    Using wire to wrap around the branches of a fresh Grinchmas tree.
  • Now begin layering and shaping the Grinchmas tree. Add a layer of additional branches, securing each layer with wire as you go. Continue shaping the tree, adjusting the branches to achieve the desired whimsical appearance and size.
  • Once you are happy with the size and shape, finish the top of the tree by tightly wrapping the remaining branches with wire until the end becomes very thin. Then, bend the top over, giving the effect of a bent-over or bendable Christmas tree. 
    Wrapping wire around the branches of a DIY Granchmas tree to bend the top.
  • Now that the basic structure is in place, it's time to add the Grinchmas charm! Decorate your bent-over tree with your favorite ornaments and Christmas tree decorations, creating a playful and unique holiday display.
  • Complete your bent-over Grinchmas tree with a tree topper of your choice. A whimsical star or Grinch-themed decoration would add the perfect finishing touch and Christmas cheer.
    Bent over Grinchmas trees with dried orange slices hanging off the top.

Notes

  • Before beginning, cut your branches to your desired size and shape. This will save time when you have your hands full trying to make the tree.
  • Illuminate the Grinchmas tree with whimsical lights. Consider using string lights in different colors, including green and red, to enhance the festive atmosphere.
And of course Have Fun and Be Creative:
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative and inject your personality into the Grinchmas tree. The more playful and whimsical, the better!

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