A clever Aussie mum has created the ultimate child and pet-proof Christmas tree, by attaching it to the ceiling.

Mel Webber has turned Christmas on its head, literally, in a bid to keep her dogs and toddler from getting at the decorations.

“What Christmas looks like in our house!” Mel wrote, sharing photos of her creation on the Kmart Home Decor & Hacks Australia Facebook page. “My way of child and pet proofing the Christmas tree.”

Upside Down Christmas Tree 1

Her post attracted more than one thousand comments, with other mums praising her creativity. But there were others who were unsure how safe the tree was, and why it was necessary.

“I have small dogs, two being male, which would love to pee on the tree,” Mel explained. “One is also a puppy. We have been doing this since my daughter’s second Christmas. She was born in September, so we never gave her the chance to be ‘naughty’. I didn’t want to spend a month telling a 1.5 year-old ‘NO’.

“So this was pre planned. And unless an adult wants to swing on the tree like a stripper pole, it’s not just going to ‘unsafely’ fall from the sky. The feet are attached inside the ceiling with a support board to take the weight.”

Upside Down Christmas Tree

Other mums wondered where the Christmas presents would go, with Mel pointing out that there’s actually lots of room to place gifts.

“Look at all the extra space underneath it, we can gift our daughter a pushbike and have it wrapped under the tree. Pretty sure a standard one, you can realistically fit how many little presents underneath it? Before you have to start spreading them out around the tree anyway!”

We think this is a genius idea. Would you do this to stop little hands and paws getting at the decorations? 

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  • Not my style but very creative.


  • My mum needs one like that…with her 4 cats


  • I love this idea especially when it comes to small children. You can’t keep an eye on them 24/7 and the fact that it’s bolted to the ceiling makes it perfectly safe. With one son and my grandchildren living so far away, my youngest son and I don’t need a big tree anymore. I now use one from The Reject Shop that’s big enough for us. The best thing about ours is that it’s a circular tree and you only have to remove the pole from the centre and it drops down flat.


  • This just looks a little silly to me.


  • Why not just put it up a bit higher on a small table or covered milk crate? It’s a novel approach if you want to do something different though!


  • what a great idea


  • very cleaver idea


  • Our cat would see this as a challenge or a new cat tower.


  • This is just gold. I love it.


  • Very inventive, lol


  • Oh wow!


  • Some people are creative with their Christmas trees


  • That’s just weird- much easier to buy a puppy play pen and put that around the tree.


  • It’s not something I would do.


  • Wow! How on earth is it holding to the ceiling without all of the baubles falling off? It looks a bit silly to me and not something I’d bother with. I used to tell my toddler NO until he understood. Perhaps erecting a child-proof fence around it would be better.


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