How to Create A Summer Christmas Tree

summer christmas tree

Every year, I feel that having a winter wonderland Christmas tree just doesn’t work in the sweltering African December heat, and every year I set out to create what I hope is an alternative take on the traditional. There is not much on the internet when it comes to tropical tree inspiration, so I ventured outside for real inspiration (into my parents garden in this case) and found this gorgeous yucca tree. It was so heavy that it took three men to get it into the house, but it was so worth it! Here is my Summer Christmas Tree for 2017.

We planted the yucca in a temporary container in the entrance hall. It will need to be transplanted into my garden once the festivities are over – which is another great reason to use a real tree with roots and all for your celebrations.

summer christmas tree

Once the tree was in place, I took a long hard look at it, trying to figure out what it wanted to look like. With the black background already there, it was obvious that white would be the best choice. When a large pack of white serviettes caught my eye, these feathery bird decorations came about. They are really simple to make, and they add a beautiful ethereal touch to the decorations. I made a quick photo tutorial to show you how!

How To Make Floaty Birds For Your Summer Christmas Tree

You will need:

  • White serviettes
  • Florists wire
  • Sticky Tape
  • Large Beads – I used a combination of amber and wood

summer christmas tree


The pretty origami star garland was a project from a few years back. I still love the fact that the stars are made with old music sheets. They look so pretty against the black wallpaper!

Here’s a great little tutorial if you want to make your own.

I hope my tree has inspired you to try something different this year! I’d love to see what you’ve done, so please send your pics to me, and I’ll feature them on my Instagram feed.

Happy Tree Decorating!

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