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DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

This Nightmare Before Christmas tree is the perfect addition to your holiday decor! We created a few unique do-it-yourself Jack Skellington ornaments to make this epic Christmas movie themed tree really stand out this holiday season.

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How awesome is this Nightmare Before Christmas tree you guys?!  Last year I decided to purchase a pencil Christmas tree so that I could always have a fun themed tree set up in my home in addition to our hand crafted Christmas Tree.

Did you see the awesome Chewbacca themed tree that we created last year?! So good!

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

The Jack Skellington theme was born out of my love for everything Jack and the Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween film!


  • This 1993 movie is perfect for the Christmas season or Halloween celebrations, many can’t decide which it suits best.
  • Jack is the main character from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town.
  • He discovers Christmas Town and decides that he wants to become Santa Claus, complete with a real beating heart and Christmas tree.
  • The Christmas jack skellington goes through a bunch of crazy shenanigans with the citizens of Halloween Town.
  • Trick-or-treators return to Jack the Easter Bunny and Sandy Claws, while the movie ends with a final showdown with the Oogie Boogie man.
  • Disney Tim Burton creator made this Halloween movie along with other iconic ones like James and the Giant Peach and Sleepy Hollow.
  • Jack most often wore a bat bow-tie and real fabric tuxedo with white stripes in this classic movie.
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

We already have mad love for Jack as showcased by this Jack Skellington Door Printable, DIY Jack Skellington Piggy Bank, Jack Skellington Cookie Pops and this Jack Skellington Pumpkin T-shirt.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

How to create a Nightmare Before Christmas Tree:

  1. Gather all of the supplies that you will need.
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Supplies

Ribbon, ornament blanks and chalkboard signs were found at Michaels. Chevron paper, black ribbon, black floral wire, white paper lantern, black felt and paint are from Dollarama.

The Jack ornaments were found at Walmart. Be sure to scroll down for a complete supply list of similar items.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Ribbon

2. Attach floral wire to the black and white striped ribbon to make attaching it to the tree easier.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Process

Make DIY Ribbon Picks:

3. Ribbon picks are easy to create with ribbon and floral wire. Check out my ribbon pick tutorial to learn how to make your own!

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Ribbon Pick

I used both striped ribbon and black ribbon to create decorative picks.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Picks add a wonderful pop of texture and interest to a Christmas tree!

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Supplies

4. Now create a variety of black and white themed ornaments like this Jack Skellington snap lid.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Supplies

I made black and white chevron ornaments to add more pattern and interest to the tree. Here’s how:

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Ornament

Cut out the chevron paper in the shape of the ornament blank.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Process

Decoupage the paper to the blank ornament and tie with a string to hang.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Ornament

Making these chevron ornaments has really helped to tie the whole tree together.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Ornament

I had a few extra white wooden blank ornaments from Michaels so decided to make these cute DIY Jack Skellington ornaments too.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree TOpper

5. Next make a custom tree topper using a white paper lantern and black felt.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Topper

Cut out jack skellington face features from black felt.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Topper

Glue the felt to the lantern using a hot glue gun.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Use black floral wire to attach the Jack Skellington tree topper to the top of the tree.

Basic Nightmare Before Christmas Tree supply list:

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree Supplies

6. Gather all of the ribbon and ornaments and decorate the tree. I like to start with the ribbon, then the picks, then larger ornaments before finally hanging the rest of the ornaments.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

And now for a ton of photos of just how epic this tree turned out because, its not every day that you see a Nightmare Before Christmas tree! It’s perfect for the Nightmare Before Christmas fan.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

This Jack Skellington ornament from Walmart was the perfect finishing touch! It’s quickly become one of my most beloved character ornaments.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Tree Variations:

  • Try using a black tree instead of a traditional one.
  • Buy character figurines at the thrift store to use as ornaments.
  • Use black and white Christmas ornaments.
  • Add black branches for a slight variation.
  • Find halloween town buildings to place in the tree.
  • Change the bulbs to soft purple lights.
  • Add a cemetery hill moon tree topper instead of this DIY one.
  • Black, white and red make great colors!
  • Use halloween decorations like pumpkins.
  • Find a small tree to use instead of a large one.
  • Paint a skellington into a jolly orange jack.
  • Add a Santa hat to create a santa jack.
  • Look for more ornaments in the disney store or at hot topic.
  • Create a dark of the moon holiday tree for a dark holiday celebration!
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Don’t be surprised if you see a few white and black glass ornaments hanging from this Halloween tree as well.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Our crafting essentials:

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

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I made a NBC Halloween tree last year, but since we live in a 33′ travel trailer, ours is only 2 ft tall! I made my topper out of a styro ball, but have issues with “balancing” it on top. Gonna have to find a smaller version white lantern! I also made Jack & Sally ornaments out of ping pong balls! I was even lucky enough to find THE PERFECT shade of yarn for the hair on the Sally ornies!!! Hubby & I are HUGE FANS of all things NBC!!!