How to Make a Hanging Birch Log Tree

The natural simplicity and festive glow of this alternative holiday tree ensures it works with virtually any style.

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Go big or small with this clever holiday tree. Its natural simplicity and festive glow ensure it works with almost any style holiday décor.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Materials Needed

Tree Dimensions: Approximately 28' x 24"

  • (5) birch logs (1 1/2" diameter, store-bought)
  • jute twine
  • natural-fiber ribbon
  • battery-operated LED wire lights
  • hacksaw
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • pen

Cut Logs

Using a hacksaw, measure, mark and cut the five logs to desired size. The logs should be cut in graduated lengths, like 8, 11, 15, 19 and 24 inches long.

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Step 1- Cut Logs Measure, mark and cut the five logs to desired size using a hack saw. You’ll need your logs to be cut in graduated lengths. Our tree used logs in the following dimensions- 8, 11, 15, 19 and 24- inches long.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Cut Twine

Measure, mark and cut the twine in two 54-inch lengths (one for each side of the tree).

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Step 2- Cut Jute Twine Measure, mark and cut the twine in two 54-inch lengths (one for each side of the tree).

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Tie Logs Together

Lay the logs out, approximately four inches from one another, and begin tying them together using the twine. Start at the bottom and work your way up by finding the middle of the twine and tying that to the bottom log. Repeat on the other side.

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Step 3- Tie Logs Together Lay the logs out, approximately 4-inches from one another and begin tying them to one another using the jute twine. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Start this process by finding the middle of the twine and tying that onto the bottom log. Repeat on the other side.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Knot at the Top

Once you’ve worked your way up either side to the top of the tree and secured all the logs together, tie the two sides of jute twine together into a knot.

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Step 4- Knot at Top Once you’re worked your way up either side to the top of the tree and secured all the logs together, tie the two sides of jute twine together into a knot.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Add Lights

Starting from the bottom up, wrap the LED wire lights around the logs. You'll want the battery pack to end up at the top becauese you’ll hide it with ribbon.

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Step 5- Add LED Lights Next, starting from bottom up, wrap the LED wire lights around the logs. You want the battery pack to end up at the top (you’ll hide it with ribbon!)

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Add Bow

Using the natural-fiber ribbon, create a large bow to camouflage the battery pack.

Rope Ladder Tree

Rope Ladder Tree

Step 6- Add a Bow Using the natural fiber ribbon, create a large bow to camouflage the battery pack. Hang and enjoy!

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

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