Doctor Who Galaxy Christmas Tree – How To-sday

November 1, 2015 separator DIY Tutorial

Doctor Who Christmas Tree


If you follow me on Snapchat (I’m shrimpsaladblog if you want to add me!), then you’ve probably seen the tiniest sneak peeks about my “Christmas in October.” That’s right, you guys. we’ve had a Christmas tree up in our one-bedroom apartment since October 5. It’s one of the really funny — and often really fun — parts of having a DIY blog. Even as you’re cringing about the the fact that the grocery store is already selling candy canes, you’re off in a corner at home putting the finishing touches on a 7.5′ Christmas tree!

This was our November challenge for Michaels Makers, and I knew that I wanted to do something totally unique and off-the-wall since there are 50 of us doing the exact same challenge. I decided to let my geek flag fly and go full sci-fi with this one!

Doctor Who Galaxy Christmas Tree

Doctor Who Christmas Tree - Tardis Ornaments

I decided I wanted to go with an outer space/galaxy theme for the tree, with a subtle nod to Doctor Who. You probably saw me hinting about it here, but I got really ambitious and decided to spray paint the entire tree to look like a swirling galaxy. That part was a bit of an adventure, to say the least. I had a frightening moment where I stepped back after getting a little trigger happy with the pink paint and realized it looked a little like a gender reveal party prop, but I got it all headed back in the right direction eventually… ;D

Doctor Who Galaxy Christmas Tree - Planet Ornaments

Stop by The Glue String, the official Michaels blog, to see the other 49 trees! And if you’re not ready to jump into a full tree-decorating bonanza yet (I know lots of people like to wait until after Thanksgiving!), why not get a head start on DIY ornaments and decorations for now?!

P.S. From now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on!

Outer Space Christmas Tree

I hand-painted a bunch of planet ornaments and added them in little clusters alongside some bright silver swirly and explode-y ornaments that reminded me of formations you might see on a Hubble telescope photograph. The finishing touch was these darling little star-shaped Christmas lights. Again, I added these in little clusters to give the tree the look of having a few different galaxies clustered here and there.

Later this month I’ll share a couple tutorials, including:

Outer Space Christmas Tree OrnamentsDoctor Who Christmas Tree - Planet OrnamentsDoctor Who Christmas Tree - Tardis Ornament Galaxy Christmas Tree - Ornaments Galaxy Christmas Tree - Planet OrnamentsDoctor Who Galaxy Christmas Tree

Photography by Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo for Shrimp Salad Circus


  1. If you’re a fan of “Doctor Who” and want to add a festive touch to your home this holiday season, look no further than the galaxy-themed Christmas tree tutorial from Shrimp Salad Circus. Follow the simple steps provided to create a unique and stunning display featuring shining stars, celestial ornaments, and a TARDIS tree topper that will make your tree the envy of all your fellow Whovians. adelaide neurosurgeon

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      1. Hi Danni, I need to update the post, but I basically sprayed the tree with glossy pink, purple, and white spray paint in different chunks. I think it took me about 12 cans of paint. You need to just keep circling around the tree, spraying into the foliage from all different angles. Paint it with the tree fully assembled so that the colors line up.

        1. Love this tree! I already have a white artificial tree, do you think that would work out? I can totally see using the tree over and over, I keep mine in the box the rest of the year, did you take yours down and was it hard to close up and store after? Did paint chip off making a mess?

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  8. You, my friend are a girl after my own heart! Love, love, love Dr Who and this tree! <3

    1. Thanks, Paige! It felt like A LOT of color as I was painting, but I think it came together in a good way. 🙂

  9. I’m not a Doctor Who fan (well, I’ve never seen it) but I love this! So colorful and unique! I can’t believe its already time to start thinking about Christmas!

    Emma Seeking the South

    1. Thanks, Emma! If you’re thinking of checking out Doctor Who, start a couple seasons back. He’s the cutest Doctor! ;D

  10. What an adorable idea!!! I don’t personally watch Doctor Who but I love it! I do a nightmare before Christmas tree every year so I get it! =)

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