Lit Faux Tree

Lit Faux Tree – Want to make your own? Make a special edition to your outdoor Christmas display


Lit Faux Tree

When I was putting up the Christmas lights last week, I realized that I needed a little something to add to my outdoor Christmas display. For a while now, I’ve been seeing lit faux trees on Pinterest.  This was just what I needed, and I decided to make my own.  Using a basic galvanized tomato cage, some duct tape, and a string of lights I created the perfect lit faux tree for my outdoor Christmas display.  Read on for a super-quick tutorial to make a lit faux tree for your outdoor display.

Staying on an Even Keel

Ever since I dug my way out of a deep depression, I try to do as much as possible to keep myself on an even keel.  I use my planner to lessen my anxiety, I DIY and create because making pretty things makes me happy, I volunteer weekly to feel like I can still make a difference in other people’s lives, and I cuddle with my dog daily to relax.

Lit Faux Tree

However, life is not all sunshine and rainbows

Of course, I have chores like cleaning and laundry that do not make me happy.  But, I have a system for everything – and I mean everything – that makes those chores as painless as possible.

Only one thing I do on a weekly basis threatens my “even-keelness”.  Every Tuesday morning, I visit my grandmother at her retirement community.  I have written about my grandmother before in other posts. She has dementia and the disease has taken everything away from her.  Most of the time we have good visits, but every week I cannot help but leave heartbroken and just plain sad.

So, being the nerd that I am, I have a system for trying to get through these visits without resorting to old, bad habits like going directly home to my couch and tv and spending the rest of the day feeling sorry for myself.

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Use Music to Prepare

Music really speaks to me.  I love to listen, I mean really listen to the lyrics and look for the meaning behind the words.  So, on my way to visit my grandmother, I prepare with some upbeat music.  Right now, two of my favorite songs are The Script’s Superheroes and Katy Perry’s Firework.  I love to sing along to music, so I usually know most of the lyrics.

When I listen to The Script’s Superheroes, I feel that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.  I have struggled through many ordeals in my life (including depression, the loss of my sister, and bullying in high school).  Knowing that someone else out there “gets it” makes a huge impact on me.  This song makes me feel like I am a superhero.  I recently read a quote from The Script’s band member Danny.  “Sometimes your superheroes aren’t born but sometimes they’re made… If you’re going through hell, just keep going because you will get out on the other side and I think you’ll be stronger for it.”

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I also love Katy Perry’s Firework.   She “…dedicated the video to the “It Gets Better” campaign … {and it has become} a beacon of hope for everyone who’s battled bullies or struggled to find themselves” (MTV News). Although I have not written about it yet, I was bullied in high school and therefore had a terrible experience.  I have also had a difficult time “finding myself” since I have stopped working full time.  So, this song hits home with me as well and reminds me that I too have a spark in me and can let my true self shine.  Those two songs, coupled with a few others get me ready for my visit.

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Listen to Music to Lift Your Spirits

Then, when I leave my grandmother’s, I have a few songs that get me back up to par.  I often start with Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (I mean really, when can’t Bruno Mars put you in a good mood?)

I also love Andy Grammer.  His music is upbeat and positive.  And Keep Your Head Up is just a great, dancing in the car song that affirms that life truly is a journey.  I really need that reminder often.

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I started listening to Imagine Dragons after Skater Boy added it to our shared music and then somehow I added it to my playlist.  Some things do happen for a reason…  Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons’ front-man, wrote Believer mainly about his physical pain from a serious physical disease, but he has also battled depression and writes about emotional pain as well.

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Listening to Believer prompts me to look back on the pain and struggles I have conquered.  Overcoming obstacles has made me a believer in myself. But again, I can always use that reminder.

Music has a huge impact on my life (you already got that, huh?).  Do you have any songs that speak to you?  What are they?  Share them with me in the comments below.  I can always use a great song to add to my playlist.

Okay, so now that you know some of my favorite songs and what they mean to me…

Let’s get started and make a Lit Faux Tree


Lit Faux Tree

When I was putting up the Christmas lights last week, I realized that I needed a little something to add to my outdoor Christmas display. For a while now, I’ve been seeing lit faux trees on Pinterest.  This was just what I needed.  So, me being me, I decided to make my own.

Creating a Lit Faux Tree is so easy (about 15 minutes of work) and inexpensive (less than $8).  And, they make a great addition to an outdoor Christmas display.

Gather Your Supplies

  • 42” galvanized tomato cage (less than $3 at Lowes)
  • A string of lights ($2-$4)
  • A few inches of duct tape

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  1. Tape top ends together. Be careful – the metal points can be sharp. I made sure to cover the sharp ends as well.
  2. Tape the end of your light string to the bottom of tomato cage. make sure you have enough cord to reach a power source.
  3. Working your way up, wrap lights around each level of the tomato cage. I used an over-under system to keep the light sting in place.
  4. Once you reach the top, work your way back down.  Secure the end of the string.

Yep, that’s it.  So simple and so shimmery.

Lit Faux Tree

If I do this project again (which I probably will next year) I will do 2 things differently.  First, I will use 2 strands of lights.  When I finished wrapping the lights to the top, I only had enough light left to get back down to the uppermost level.  Another strand will allow me to wrap the lights all the way back to the bottom. And, I can always use some more shimmer in my outdoor display!  Secondly, I will use some chicken wire to wrap around the tomato cage.  This will give it a bit more stability and something to attach the lights to in between the circular levels.

Have you DIY’ed a new addition to your outdoor Christmas display this year?  Let me know how you decorate your outdoors for the Christmas season in the comments below.  I’ve already started my DIY Christmas list for next year – I can always use more ideas!

Add a Little Shimmer to your life today with a Lit Faux Tree.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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Lit Faux Tree


For the past few weeks, I have been planning a round-up of some easy and inexpensive handmade gifts.  Next week, I will share my top picks with you.  Keep and eye out for that post.


Nicole Warren-Missimer

Adding Shimmer to Life: A DIY lifestyle blog helping you add some shimmer to your everyday life.


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