chalkboard Christmas tree

Genny was here this weekend, helping with Christmas decorating. She worked on the chalkboard Sunday and made an amazing Christmas tree. I found the idea at the blog “A Legg Up” which is no longer available.

Our chalkboard starts about a foot above the floor and is just over eight feet tall. Genny began by dividing it vertically and then marking the horizontal branches. Then she started at the top and began drawing in the figures and decorations. The twins took the opportunity to climb up and down the ladder a few times.

chalkboard Christmas tree

“Sisters. Sisters. There never were such devoted sisters…”

chalkboard Christmas tree

We duplicated a lot of the tree I found online, but made some changes.

chalkboard Christmas tree

It took seven and a half hours to complete the tree. All that detail takes time!

chalkboard Christmas tree

We added a nativity to the bottom of the scene. The final product…


Genny promises this is the only year you are going to get to see this tree. Now all we have to do is keep the twins from drawing on it…

Update: Genny relented and drew another tree in 2013. Twelve Days of Christmas Chalkboard Tree 2013

And another in 2014. Nativity Chalkboard Tree 2014



  1. Genny
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    It is really neat. It is fun to do. I’d do it again. I’m glad we did it all in white.

  2. Viki
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I love this. So cool!!

  3. Tracey
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink


  4. Tricia
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful!!!!!

  5. Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Genny, thanks for drawing the tree! I’m glad to hear you are willing to do it again! 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  6. Lauren Crews
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    WOW ! It is beautiful ! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful pictures!

  7. Linda Coulter Kloth
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    The Chalk Tree was amazing. Thank you Genny for your willingness to spend all that time working on it. Where did you come up with all those drawings? It reminded me of the Chrismons I use to decorate my Christmas tree (homemade Christian symbols).

  8. Annita
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Love this. It also inspired me to get a lace tablecloth with holiday pattern and use cornstarch to glue to fresh doors. May sound off the wall but the picture was clear till I seen read it. If my children were little I would do chalkboards

  9. Posted January 25, 2017 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Annita, thank you for your comment! I would love to see a picture of your door!

    We did something similar in our daughter’s room when she was seven years old. We used liquid starch to stick penguins to the wall. Each penguin was cut from washed 100% cotton fabric, in pieces, like a puzzle. Each piece was soaked in the starch, then adhered to the wall. We tried using spray starch, but it didn’t work at all. They stayed up for a couple of years and then we took them down. Came off without a problem. 🙂

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