Introduction: Make a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

This instructable shows how to find the true meaning of Christmas.  It's not about fancy aluminum Christmas trees, real estate, a blue ribbon for the best decorated dog house, or cash in 10s and 20s.  It's about hope, and who has more hope than anyone else?

Charlie Brown

Who hopes to someday kick that football, who hopes to someday woo that little red headed girl, and who hopes that all his anxieties are a figment of his imagination despite wasting all those nickels and dimes on "Psychiatric Help".

This instructable is not about a sad little tree.  It's about a tree which still has some hope.

Step 1: Materials


-A cedar/pine branch (real or fake)
-Pruners (or metal clippers if using fake)
-Piece of wood
-Red ball ornament and ornament hook
-Electric drill
-Drill bits
-Dried beans (or pebbles)
-Wood glue (if necessary)


Step 2: Prep the Branch

Bend the branch so it can hang down better.

Prune away extra leaves and branches so that it looks sparse.


Step 3: Drill the Hole

Approximate how large of a hole you'll need.  The drill bit should be a little larger than the end of the branch.

Drill the hole in the center of the piece of wood.


Step 4: Insert Branch

Insert the branch into the hole.  Use wood glue to hold it in place if necessary.


Step 5: Weight the Ornament

Add beans (or pebbles) to the inside of the ball ornament.  You won't need too many.


Step 6: Attach Ornament

Wrap the ornament hanging wire around a minor upper branch.  You might have to readjust the amount of beans (or pebbles) inside the ornament to get the right effect.



Jayefuu made it! (author)2009-12-13

Nice pics as ever. So what's the story behind this? :D

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-12-13

How do you not know about Charlie Brown's Christmas tree??

MomLovesElectro made it! (author)MomLovesElectro2011-11-29

Is the ornament originally blue? or is it red? I thought it was red....

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2011-11-29

It's red in my memory, but not on the internet - maybe he gets a new bauble every year?

MorzenM made it! (author)MorzenM2015-12-03

It's red in the cartoon movie and blue in the original comic strip

MomLovesElectro made it! (author)MomLovesElectro2011-12-06

it's red in my memory too, hmmmm......I think I'll go with red when I make this.

bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232009-12-13

I can remember watching this every year (in my memory)! It never gets old.

static made it! (author)static2009-12-17

 The only network I can get over the air is CBS, and it's been at least 2 years since it aired.

bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232009-12-18

Yes, where I live it's only on ABC, I think.

Solderguy made it! (author)Solderguy2009-12-19

I live in Oregon and it's on ABC. But you can probably watch it at

bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232009-12-20


theatre_tech_guru made it! (author)theatre_tech_guru2009-12-13

i just ran sound for this play at a church today its a classic

bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232009-12-14

Yeah. It's amazing how popular it still is after how long it's been on. It's more than twice my age, and still going strong.

Jayefuu made it! (author)Jayefuu2009-12-13

I was never a big fan of snoopy. I remember it when I was growing up but I think I was too young when it was really really popular.

Perhaps you should retell the story for those of us who aren't lucky enough to know already :D

AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-13
A Charlie Brown Christmas was produced in the 1960s well before I was born.  There's a simple pleasant joy to it, and it's still relevant.  ABC is amazingly showing most of it on their website.  There are a couple clips edited out, but you'll understand a Charlie Brown Christmas tree from what they show.  Watch for the magic.
hammer9876 made it! (author)hammer98762009-12-17

Or the easier access version on youtube

StuNutt made it! (author)StuNutt2009-12-17

Yes,  thanks - I found the YouTube  :)  :)

StuNutt made it! (author)StuNutt2009-12-17

"Due to international rights agreements, we only offer this video to viewers located within the United States and its territories"

:(     :(

Unhappy of UK

AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-17
Woooooow.  That's not spreading the yuletide cheer, now is it?

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-12-13

Even people out of the country know. ;-)

StuNutt made it! (author)StuNutt2009-12-17

Yes - If he was a Brit, he'd be drawing his Old-Age State Pension  ;)

static made it! (author)static2009-12-17

 Check wikipedia, and youtube.

dathcha made it! (author)2015-12-02

:) I must make it!!


Me 2

chasmoth made it! (author)2015-12-03

My favorite tree. I can make one for Christmas.

thanks for your inspiration. and hope.


I agree.

Jesus~Jonnie~Jewelry made it! (author)2015-12-03

Red. Kool. Ty, 4 sharing

AngryRedhead made it! (author)2013-12-22

Thought better of the reply and unfortunately don't have an edit. I'm glad you like the Instructable.

JKPieGuy made it! (author)2013-12-22

It's kind of funny cause my Grandfather did something like this last year. (I even have a pic of it.) Still nice instructable!

Sampson2013 made it! (author)2013-12-08

I love this. My drill is toast so I made a cardboard stand for mine. I made the bough from two different trees to give it a real Charlie Brown look. Thanks for the tutorial.

chouseholder made it! (author)2012-12-03

This should is something to do today!!!

racoontnn made it! (author)2012-11-12

It looks very elegant. And will adorn any table on New Year's

MomLovesElectro made it! (author)2011-11-29

this is awesome, it's even better because I have everything available in my house/outside right now to make this! I think adding the lil blankie would be cute too. (I bet my sister has a lil blue blanket since she has a baby boy) I think I might make one as a centerpiece for our Ugly Christmas Sweater party. I wonder how many people will figure out the reference. THANK YOU for this.

MissDaisy made it! (author)2011-09-15

LOL... this is amazing.

Last year, I actually bought the Charlie Brown tree that was selling at Home Hardware and paid 20.00 (CND)... hehehe. And wouldn't you know it, when it got dismantled after Xmas, my husband dropped the one and only ball... LOLOLO.

I won't feel bad this year if he drops another because now, with your brilliant instructable, I'll be able to get "him" to make me another tree :))

Thanks for sharing.

sunshiine made it! (author)2011-07-18

This is sooo cute! I will make it this year! Thanks for sharing.

AZNdude made it! (author)2010-12-27

This is really cool!
I made my own and put up an instructable.
Didn't realize that someone already posted one.
mine's here:

woody558 made it! (author)2010-01-24
Living in central texas, I have so many annoying cedar trees behind my house. Thanks for the i'ble!!!!!!!
AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2010-01-25
Glad to be of help!
Tunesrlife made it! (author)2009-12-27

Very quirky, very cute :)
Do you have a spacific area set aside for photography, or did you shop the perfectly white backgrounds in?

AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-27
Ha!  Thanks.  No, my "studio" is movable, and I don't do a lot of photoshop/gimp work.
Termyte made it! (author)2009-12-18

...not to mention that
a) no insects eat the cedar tree
b) cedar pollen wreaks havoc on our allergies
c) living in the Texas hill Country, they DO grow like weeds.
d) if Ms Redhead need to relieve some of her anger, she's more than welcome to come over and take her aggression out on all of the cedar trees on my property. :)

Thanks for the contribution, AngryRedhead!

AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-18
Ha!  I'm still battling the cedars on my own tiny 1/2 acre.

And glad you like it!
vv07f made it! (author)2009-12-15

Nice.  Here's mine with a gold ornament and different stand.  I don't have a red ornament yet, should look better. 

vv07f made it! (author)vv07f2009-12-15


AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-15
Awwwww, it's precious!

That's one hardcore stand.
AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-15
I don't see a link or an image.  : (
red-king made it! (author)2009-12-13

 wouldn't using a artificial branch defeat the purpose?

AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2009-12-13
I like to leave options open.  There's a reason why I used a real tree branch as opposed to a fake, but there are quite a few forlorn artificial trees destined for the landfill which should be appreciated in their own special way.
red-king made it! (author)red-king2009-12-14

 I suppose.

hishealer made it! (author)2009-12-14

I can't believe it!  I just bought one of these at a bookstore, and it doesn't look half as good... I had to bend it over myself!


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