Grinch Tree Ball

The Magic of the Grinch Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree that graces the Garden Therapy house this year is not a huge, lush, extravagantly-adorned spectacle as it has been in the past.  Nope, this year we almost didn’t put up a tree.  I was feeling a bit grinchy and will admit that the holidays have been difficult in the past, the last few years in particular.  So this year the plan was to just skip Christmas all together, keep busy through the winter and pop out on the right side of Spring, ready to get diggin’ again.

You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch / You’re the king of sinful sots / Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots / Mr. Gri-inch! / You’re a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce! 


But then and idea hit me.  Like a vision appearing before me it was suddenly clear as day: a Grinch Tree.  A tree design that celebrates not just the joy and wonder of the season, but celebrates the difficulties and challenges as well.

If those little Who’s could sing their hearts out in tough times, then so can I.  I bought a potted cedar and rigged it up by pruning and re-attaching some branches so that the ball on the top would hang over just right.  The perfect green ball and ribbon were easy to find.

The decorations are a combination of simple white lights, wooden ornaments, felted acorns, and kitchy silver disco balls.  And the base is wrapped simply in burlap with a big green bow.

Then the darnedest thing happened.  As I designed and decorated the Grinch Tree, I felt a little more festive.  I got to work on my Christmas presents, decorated the front entryway, made wreaths with the neighbourhood gals, and whipped up some festive holiday planters.  Heck, we even put up some lights outside for the first time EVER.

Humph.  Who knew that just one little cedar shrub, rigged to mimic the iconic cartoon, would bring such holiday cheer?

Perhaps the dog knew.  He seems to embody Mr. Grinch, at least in appearance.  Maybe I should ask him.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Jeanne
    JeanneDecember 12,11

    I LOVE your tree! What a great Idea.

  2. Lori E
    Lori EDecember 12,11

    I love your Grinch tree…it is so cute and makes me smile. The little Who people are smiling too.

  3. VIctoria @obSEUSSed
    VIctoria @obSEUSSedDecember 12,11

    Wonderful! I found you on Tip Junkie’s Linky. You are the post above mine and it is perfect because I blog at I love your Grinch tree. It is nice reminder to keep things simple too. I’m glad it got you in a more festive mood and your dog totally looks related to the Grinch. I’m doing a Grinch round-up of ideas this week and would love to feature your tree. Would that be okay? If so you can email me obseussed (at) or link up to my Dr. Seuss collection that I pull features from: So glad to find you! – Victoria

  4. Amy @ California Dreaming
    Amy @ California DreamingDecember 12,11

    I love this idea! Too cute. Now I want a grinch tree.

  5. Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer
    Jen Lossing, The Consigner DesignerDecember 12,11

    This is just too cute for words. I just love how it hangs over the top like that. Nice job!

  6. BJ_mama
    BJ_mamaDecember 13,11

    Well, I’m glad your Grinch tree helped you be a bit less Grinch-y :) It’s adorable!

  7. abeachcottage
    abeachcottageDecember 13,11

    That is such a cute tree! Great idea :)

  8. Rob
    RobDecember 13,11

    What a cool idea! It makes me LOL!!!

  9. Norma Chang
    Norma ChangDecember 14,11

    Your post put a smile on my face. Such a clever idea.

  10. KIM
    KIMDecember 14,11

    I stumbled on your blog and I’m so glad I did. I’m now following you. I love your Grinch tree….too cute.

    I’ll be back.


  11. Stevie
    StevieDecember 14,11

    Thanks, Kim. Great to find you too!

  12. katie@ premade wordpress themes
    [email protected] premade wordpress themesDecember 15,11

    Very cute! I love the first picture with the green ornament hanging off the tip.

    Happy Holidays!

    Kah Designs

  13. Sharon
    SharonDecember 16,11

    That is just toooo cute! Thanks for linking up at Show & Tell. I hope will join me again!


  14. Debra@CommonGround
    [email protected]December 16,11

    This is adorable, how can this not make a person giggle and think of a little Christmas Cheer. Just perfect!!!
    I know the Holidays are hard for so many people, my family included. The deaths of my Dad and Brother, both during the Holidays can easily make it a real bummer. thanks for the inspiration! xo

  15. Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House
    Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling HouseDecember 16,11

    I LOVE THIS! What a cute idea.

  16. A Few Pennies
    A Few PenniesDecember 16,11

    That is so adorable; and pretty! Love that doggie.

  17. A Lived in Home
    A Lived in HomeDecember 16,11

    Love your tree! HOW great! Cute ornament on the end too!

  18. Leslie
    LeslieDecember 16,11

    I am happy your Grinch Tree helped your heart grow 3 sizes! Thank you for sharing!

  19. The Rosegarden in Malevik
    The Rosegarden in MalevikDecember 17,11

    Woow……really amazing :)

    It´s fun :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  20. Honey
    HoneyDecember 18,11

    What and adorable and clever idea! Love it!

    Thank you for linking to the Christmas Tree Party at 2805!

  21. Raeanna
    RaeannaDecember 18,11

    Absolutely adore your grinch tree!!! I pinned it! :)

  22. Vanessa
    VanessaDecember 18,11

    A wonderful post on so many levels! The tree is fantastic and creative but what it represents for you this year is even more wonderful. :-) Thank you for sharing your talent and your heart with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  23. Honey
    HoneyDecember 21,11

    Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

  24. Sherry
    SherryDecember 21,11

    So cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a very Merry Christmas!

  25. Honey
    HoneyDecember 22,11

    Hi! You have been featured today on Potpourri Friday!

    • Stevie
      StevieDecember 22,11

      Honey, thanks for featuring Grinchy!

  26. Tina
    TinaDecember 23,11

    What a wonderful tree! It put a smile on my face and caused me to choke up a little. Love it.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  27. The Southern Product Queen
    The Southern Product QueenDecember 29,11

    Love this grinch tree idea!

  28. Linda @ it all started with paint
    Linda @ it all started with paintJanuary 4,12

    That tree just makes me smile! Perhaps because The Grinch brings back so many memories from my childhood … and then sharing the story again with my own children!

  29. Natasha
    NatashaJanuary 7,12

    OMG!!! I just love these!!! What a great idea!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party, hope to see you there again this week

    Natasha xx

  30. Kim
    KimAugust 11,13

    I adore your simple green bulb and would like to recreate it for my Grinch mother daughter tea this year.. what is the white “snow”? Caulk? Thank you so much for wonderful inspiration.

  31. Jacki
    JackiDecember 19,13

    Stephanie, even though this is an old post, it’s timeless – I love it!

    • Stephanie
      StephanieDecember 20,13

      Thanks, Jacki. It was a wonderful turning point for me and the holidays.

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