Our Pet Friendly DIY Wood Christmas Tree

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I loved out traditional tree.  Although it was not a live tree it was pretty.  We converted to a DIY wood Christmas tree about three years ago and I have been very happy with our decision.  

Day 12 and the final day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop is all about our trees.  You will find fun ideas and tree decorating.  

 

We loved our traditional Christmas tree but trying to keep the cats out of it seemed to be a full time job. We made our own DIY Wood Christmas tree that is totally pet friendly and easy to set up each year. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!

Shirley~Intelligent Domestications I Alli~An Alli Event I Michelle~Our Crafty Mom I Marie~DIY Adulation 

Erlene~My Pinterventures I Beverly~Across The Blvd. I Debra~Shoppe No. 5 I Victoria~Dazzle While Frazzled

Megan~C’mon Get Crafty I Michelle~Michelle James Designs I Amanda~Domestically Creative

Deborah~Salvage Sister & Mister I Jeanie~Create & Babble I Sherry~Olives & Okra

Jenny~Cookies Coffee & Crafts I Emily~Domestic Deadline I Bonbon~Farmhouse 40

Leanna~Of Faeries & Fauna I Pam Larmore~P.S. I Love You Crafts I Kelly~North Country Nest I

Marie~The Inspiration Vault I Gail~Purple Hues and Me I Lynne~My Family Thyme I

Karen~Dragonfly and Lily Pads I Trisha~Blowing Away Out West Lorrin~Embrace The Perfect Mess I

Terri~Christmas Tree Lane I Sam~Raggedy Bits I Cyn~Creative Cynchronicity  Valeria~Val Event Gal 

Yami~The Latina Next Door I Tania~Little Vintage Cottage

 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I

Kim~Everyday Parties  I Dru~Polka Dot Poplars

 

Our Wood Christmas Tree

I know it is a little strange to have a tree like this but I have come to really like it.  We decided to to this because we have a gazillion cats and one of them in particular just could not stay out of it.  It was practically a full time job to keep her from climbing up the center.  

 

Wooden Christmas Tree - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

So we created our own DIY wood Christmas tree.  You can see the original post here!  In the post I show you how we made the tree.  This year I updated it and made it look even better.

The Grinch Theme

Since I used chalkboard paint on the tree I can change it however I want so in keeping with my Grinch theme I wrote in chalkboard marker the famous Grinch quote:  “Maybe Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”  I tried to use my best Grinch font and It fit perfectly.  

I also re-did the lights and the ornaments and made them look better.  We hang it in our living room on the french doors that lead out to our front porch.  The gifts, which are either not purchased or not wrapped, will go under the tree.  

The best part of the whole thing is that the cats…for the most part leave it alone.  I call it pet friendly!

 

We loved our traditional Christmas tree but trying to keep the cats out of it seemed to be a full time job. We made our own DIY Wood Christmas tree that is totally pet friendly and easy to set up each year. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

We loved our traditional Christmas tree but trying to keep the cats out of it seemed to be a full time job. We made our own DIY Wood Christmas tree that is totally pet friendly and easy to set up each year. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

We loved our traditional Christmas tree but trying to keep the cats out of it seemed to be a full time job. We made our own DIY Wood Christmas tree that is totally pet friendly and easy to set up each year. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

We loved our traditional Christmas tree but trying to keep the cats out of it seemed to be a full time job. We made our own DIY Wood Christmas tree that is totally pet friendly and easy to set up each year. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

What do you think of our wood Christmas tree?  

 

We loved our traditional Christmas tree but trying to keep the cats out of it seemed to be a full time job. We made our own DIY Wood Christmas tree that is totally pet friendly and easy to set up each year. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

 

Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop 2018. Intelligentdomestications.com

18 Comments

  1. Jenny

    This tree is adorable. What a great idea. Pets can be so tough with the tree. Thank goodness are cat hasn’t climbed up ours, she just plays with it all.

    12 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Jenny! You have a good kitty! Ours must be extra bad. LOL! I am glad you like it. The one thing I really miss about my old tree is the fun ornaments. A lot of them have memories. We still have them…just in case.

      12 . 12 . 2017
  2. Peggy Stolley

    I completely understand the need to have a tree the cats won’t climb! This is really cute with the Grinch font and quote. I love it!

    12 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Peggy! Yes Spike is a handful with your tree if I remember correctly. You need one like this too.

      12 . 12 . 2017
  3. Carolann

    lol your cat in the tree is hysterical! I love this tree, Michelle. You are so creative and I’m impressed how you always find the time to make such beautiful creations!

    12 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann! That is Chloe and she was the main problem cat! LOL! I am glad you like it. We love it and it is fun and easy to put up and take down.

      12 . 12 . 2017
  4. trisha

    I love the tree, and the message!

    12 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks. We like it a lot but many people don’t understand why we switched. It is so easy and it is still festive. Thanks for the nice comment.

      12 . 12 . 2017
  5. Sue

    I have fond memories of my cat as a child getting into the tree-omg it can be so crazy what the cats will do to a tree. i enjoyed seeing your cat in the tree. also, your wood tree is so very awesome, i mean Macy’s would be selling them like hotcakes if they had your wood tree.

    13 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Chloe loved to be in the tree. She would try it every day. The little brat. LOL! Well, we love the wood tree and they don’t seem to bother it at all.

      13 . 12 . 2017
  6. Amanda | Domestically Creative

    I love this idea! our cats are 9 years old and every year i think surely they have outgrown climbing and eating our fake tree but nope! i keep a spray bottle handy to spray them.

    13 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Amanda. Yes it did not matter how old they were..it just never ended. We finally gave up. LOL! A spray bottle is a good idea.

      13 . 12 . 2017
  7. Leanna

    This is a great tree for homes with cats or anyone with a small living area. So cute. I recently saw a slideshow of trees destroyed by cats and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the families including the cats. This is a great alternative especially if you happen to have a young pet.

    17 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Leanna! It does help a lot with the saving of ornaments and cats. LOL!

      17 . 12 . 2017
  8. Deborah

    What a perfect idea. We have a young cat that I am just waiting for him to take our tree down. Hopefully it wont happen but this is a great solution!

    17 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Deborah. We do like it now that we have it but it was a little hard to adjust to not having a tree in the living room.

      18 . 12 . 2017
  9. Emily @DomesticDeadline.com

    I love your wooden tree! This would have been a good solution for when my son was little too. I’m pinning this so I can remember to make my own next year, I have the perfect spot for something like this (but no pets so I don’t have to worry about that).

    26 . 12 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you. We love it but my grown kids don’t. LOL! You should definitely make one especially if you have the perfect spot for it.

      30 . 12 . 2017

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