How to make a Tipi Christmas Tree

How to make a Tipi Christmas Tree

Step by Step instructions of how to make a Christmas Tipi Tree

Written 14th November 2023 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter

A Christmas tipi offers a unique and enchanting twist to a traditional Christmas tree. 

A cozy structure adorned with twinkling lights, and vibrant ornaments, and draped in seasonal colors. The Christmas tipi provides a magical setting for children - their very own den with Christmas magic.

Watch the how to video:

What you will need


Bamboo Sticks 

You need around 10-15 bamboo sticks. Depending on how tall you want your Tipi around 6ft - 8ft is a good height.

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Flat Sheet 

We used a super king size sheet for 8ft bamboo sticks but you could use a smaller size if you are making a smaller tipi Christmas Tree

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Around 10-12 9ft Garlands depending on the size of the Christmas tree and how full you would like it to look.

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Safety Pins

You will need at least 20 and various sizes.

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Elastic String

You will need 2 of these. Wrap them around the bamboo sticks individually so you have something to safety pin the sheet on to. They're also good to use for tieing the bamboo sticks at the top where they cross over and for keeping the spaced out structure in place.

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Step by Step Instructions

1. Make the structure

The first thing to do is get the structure of the tipi in place. We used a pack of 10 8ft bamboo sticksWe knew it could be tricky to get the bamboo sticks to stay in place as we had a slippery hard wood floor, so we thought blu-tac would be a good idea to fix to the bottom of the sticks to hold them in place. In hindsight, if your tipi is going on wooden floor then put a sheet or a rug underneath it.

The bamboo sticks came tied in 3 places, so we cut two of the ties leaving one at the top in place. Any string will do if your sticks don’t come with some but I would recommend a grippy type if possible to reduce movement.

Position your sticks into four corners. You’ll want two extra sticks at the front for the entrance and the remainder of the sticks for the middle of each side to give it strength. 

We didn’t add the strengthening sticks to start with so ended up needing to buy and add further sticks on each side.

It’s important at this stage to wrap the elastic string around each of the bamboo sticks. This will allow you to attach the sheet in the next stage.

2. Attach the inner lining

We used a large flat super king bed sheet. It’s important that it’s flat and not a fitted sheet.

Attaching the sheet was the trickiest part of this project. As you can see, we tried a few different ways of attaching it. 

We realised it would be easier for me to climb inside and stand up tall so that we could see that the back and sides flowed completely to the floor.

When you have found this point, put a safety pin through the centre point (where your head is) and then attach that to the top of the tipi with garden wire or one of the garland wire strips if you have them. 

From this point work your way up from the floor fastening the sheet to the elastic string on the bamboo sticks with safety pins.

3. Attaching the garland

Now it’s time for the fun part; adding your garland. For this size we calculated we’d need at least 10 9ft garlands. This was just about enough, but I would personally go for 12 next time to get a fuller look.

I would recommend starting from the top. You can wrap the garland round and round from the top until you get to a point that is big enough for your door opening. From that point 

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