DIY Christmas Tree Dress

🎵Oh Christmas ME 🎄 Oh Christmas ME🎵Stumped for Halloween? Our DIY Christmas tree dress idea is so brilliant you WOOD not believe you didn’t think of it sooner!

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Tree Dress Costume

We take a brief break from celebrating Christmas to bring you a real ‘treat’ for Halloween —

OK … Hold on just a minute — Is it a true “break” if it’s still Christmas-themed?! 🤔

No matter, this DIY Halloween costume idea is so tree-mendous it’s sure to unite the masses, and we’re showing you how to make our original design, dubbed “haute coniferous couture”, step by step with photos in this part 1.

Don’t allow the “complexity” of the dress’s appearance to discourage you! You don’t need to be a master seamstress, costumer or Cosplayer to pull this look off! We’re literally just snipping garland and looping thread through it on the dress. Because of the organic appearance, we don’t even need to be terribly precise about how we do that!

Before we get into it, we want to encourage you to consider subscribing to catch part 2 when we show you how we make our Star Topper Headband and part 3 when we show you two different ways you can style and decorate this elegant, evergreen canvas!

How To Make A Life-Like Christmas Tree Dress That Is Still Cute And Fun!

1. Saying Yes To The Dress

First thing’s first, finding a dress!

Depending on your desired look, there are plenty of options to consider when dress shopping, such as:

MATERIAL – All things considered, you’ll want to pay close attention to the dress fabric. If a fabric has too much give, it may not be strong enough to support your decorations. Chose a sturdy material that will better keep its shape.

DRESS LENGTH – You can opt for a long, maxi dress or pair a midi-dress with brown leggings if you prefer something lighter.

Additionally, you’ll want to give some thought to the SLEEVE LENGTH.


All in all, we chose to go with a long dress for MAXI-mum effect. We thrifted this long sleeve, evergreen maxi dress from the Clothesline in Frankenmuth for a real s-DEAL at just $1!

Green Dress

2. To Crinoline Or Not?

To create a more true silhouette for our Christmas tree dress, we opted to add a crinoline beneath.

The crinoline under the dress was a bit unsightly at first due to the soft and stretchy material of our green maxi dress. (We learned some of those aforementioned tips and suggestions as we went.😉)

However, sometimes the best place to be is out on a whim limb! Keeping in mind that we would be covering up the material with our 25′ artificial pine garland we pressed on…

3. Stylin’ & Profilin’ Like A True Tree

The next decision is to select styling, which in turn, will also play a part in determining how much (or little) garland you will need.

pulling dress over crinoline

To Clear Misconceptions

When we first shared this post on our Facebook page we noticed a lot of people commenting that the Christmas tree dress looked like it would be itchy. But let us assure you that (for most people anyway) that is most certainly not the case! The reason being in the particular garland we use — you see, while Bronner’s 25′ Artificial Pine Green Garland has the appearance of more traditional greens, it’s actually crafted more similarly to tinsel garland resulting in a softer, more pliable and most certainly more light weight, finished product.

Also, in addition to the type of dress we chose (full covering), we also strategically stitched the garland so that it would have minimal contact to skin. As a result, you have a Christmas tree dress that looks remarkably complex and uncomfortable but is really everything but!

Trust us, we went through other iterations that were all those things to find this perfect result for you!


YES! With the help of our Decorating team, this first attempt was elegantly stunning but totally unrealistic … and probably even more uncomfortable than it looks!

While perhaps perfectly suited for a runway during NYFW — or even more for Bronner’s storeroom floor — this look wasn’t going to work as a Christmas-themed Halloween costume for our fun-loving friends!

And so, we un-spruced our dress and started all over again, which is exactly why we’re confident to say our DIY Christmas Tree Halloween Costume should be in the future of every Christmas-loving heart!

And in the case that you may be looking at this photo thinking we set the bar higher on our first attempt — we just want to kindly remind you that this post is simply to get you started! We’ll be showing you how to style it in another post soon!

OK. With these misconceptions cleared, we resume showing you how to recreate this “poplar” look. 😜

3 Ways To Style Your Christmas Tree Dress

  1. Flapper Fringe — flowing and free. Certainly you can opt to fringe heavily or more lightly.
  2. Layered Loops — a fun, contemporary approach.
  3. Traditional Drape — just as you would hang garland on your tree. It may be noted that this method requires the least amount of garland as most of the dress material remains exposed.
Select garland styling

We opted for the “flapper fringe” as it created the most life-like effect. Additionally, it allows for the most flexibility when it comes to adding decorations later.

4. Christmas Tree Dress Spruces Up Nicely

Our 25′ artificial pine garland features stitch and wire construction. As a result, the best way to securely attach it to the dress is to first thread under the wire.

A Few Tips To Consider:

Cut strands in double the length you desire. Then fold in half, stitching first under the wire (as pictured above) before sewing to the dress.

Fold cut wire ends over to lock in the garland so that it doesn’t accidentally come unraveled.

Work in layers.

We went considerably longer with each subsequent row for a more playful look. However, you can opt to keep the branches shorter if you wish to achieve a more traditional appearance.

Once your branches are sewed on, try on the dress to see if you have the coverage you desire. If not, you can add pieces as needed.

For instance, we were unsure of whether or not we should leave the sleeves bare, or ‘spruce’ them up also. After trying the dress on, we realized they most definitely needed a little evergreen love too!

Sew garland fringe on in layers
Adding garland fringe to sleeves of DIY Christmas Tree costume

Voilà — A ‘Home Grown’ Christmas Tree Dress

To Get The Look!

To create your own “Haute Coniferous Couture”, you’ll need Bronner’s 25′ Green Pine Artificial Garland (1115445).

Because it is lightweight, it works perfectly! Our fully covered, flapper fringe maxi dress used a total of 8 garlands with some left over.

So Why Make A Christmas Tree Dress?

The great thing about this do-it-yourself Christmas Tree dress is that you can ‘tailor’ it with multiple looks so you have more than one use!

DIY Christmas tree dress costume
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