I enjoy Christmas crafting with meaning. We purchase a live tree every year, and I like making Christmas decor with the tree trimmings. This year, I’m making something a little different; I’m making a cross out of Christmas Tree Trimmings for my grandmother’s grave. This post includes affiliate links, which when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer but provide this site with a small commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
My sweet grandmother passed away last year. Many of the Christmas traditions that I hold in my memory were ones that she gave me. My grandmother loved Jesus, and she prayed for me and my family daily. During this time of the year, she enjoyed a live Christmas tree. When we purchased our live tree for the season a few weeks ago, I took the tree trimmings to create something like I always do. But, this year, I’m creating something just for her; I’m making a cross out of the Christmas tree trimmings that I took to her resting place. This Christmas may be different for me in many ways, but I’m grateful for all the cheer and joy that she brought to my life.
With a husband in ministry, I have learned over the years that families have various ways to honor their deceased loved ones at Christmas. Many take items to adorn the grave sites. If you’d like to make something to remember your loved one, here’s how to create this cross from Christmas tree trimmings.
The supply list is fairly minimal.
- Tree trimmings
- Green floral wire
- Small wire cutters
- Small branch trimmers
- Optional: bow
- Optional: Gardening gloves. The combination of the tree needles and the floral wire can be damaging to hands, especially those affected by dry winter skin.
STEPS TO CREATE
Start with a branch that has full needles on one end and a sturdy branch portion on the other end.
Lay another similar branch on top of this one, but in the opposite direction so that it now looks “full” on both ends.
Pull the branches and needles together, rearranging them slightly so that the obvious branch parts are covered.
Follow steps 1-3 to create a horizontal layer that is a little shorter than the first.
Cut a long length of floral wire (approximately 12 inches). With the two portions together in a cross shape, use the floral wire to wrap around and secure them together. Creating a “x” on the front with the wire and then wrapping around several times will do this. See this Instagram Reel video tutorial to see it in action.
Now add a bow, if desired. And that’s it!
If you’d like to hang this instead, use the floral wire to create a wreath hanger that can attach to the back of the cross.
If you are looking for other ideas on decor to create with Christmas tree branches are trimmings, see this tutorial on creating a small rustic wreath or click here on how to create a Christmas tree swag.