An Alternative Christmas Tree with Recycled Plastic Pom-poms

alternative pom-pom christmas tree

Coming up with an original and alternative Christmas tree every festive season has become quite challenging! I have done cookies, clay, feathery birds, shells and bows – anything to not have a traditional tree. And it’s not that I don’t like traditional trees – I just prefer to do something different. So after Tenille and I ventured into plastic pom-pom territory earlier this year, we decided to do a pom-pom tree. And since my sister, Baker & Maker Anélle, is crazy about colour (check out her house if you don’t believe me!) she provided the perfect location for the project.

This project ticks all the boxes:

  • it’s fun to make;
  • it’s festive and colourful;
  • it’s super affordable;
  • and it recycles plastic!

It’s a bit time-consuming, but it’s a great project to do with the kids – or friends and sisters as it turns out! And it gets rid of all those plastic bags you end up with because you forget your shoppers in the car. Or is that just me?

How To Make A Plastic Bag Pom-Pom Christmas Tree

You will need:

  • plastic bags or various colours – we used about 60.
  • scissors
  • tea and cake (or wine) – this is not compulsory, but it does help!


plastic bag cut off handles

Cut the handles off a plastic bag.



cut seam off plastic bag

Cut off the bottom seam.



spread open plastic bag

Spread the bag open.



Fold the bag as shown and cut into strips. Bundle the strips together and then, using one of the cut-off handles, tie the strips together.



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Fluff it out to create a pom-pom.


pom pom on tree

After you’ve placed lights on the tree, start to add the pom-poms by tying them to the branches of the tree. We tied them in a spiral around the tree, starting at the bottom with three rows of pom-poms. We then gradually thinned it out towards the top until there was a single layer reaching the tree topper.

pom pom tree


pom pom tree

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pom pom tree final touch

To top it off, Tenille made this gorgeous multi-coloured pom-pom. It’s absolutely perfect!

colourful pompom tree topper

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We didn’t get a picture of all three of us together (although we did manage to get the dog in!) – but from all of us here at Homeology, we hope you have a total pom-pom ball in decorating your tree this year!!

Happy Getting in the Festive Spirit!!


Have you tried this yet? Please share your experience!

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