This “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Themed Tree Is Here to Slay Christmas

The branches are covered with queens, with Mother Ru in her proper place, sitting in judgment as an angel on high.

O, Christmas tree, you slay!

Bryce Carson and his boyfriend Matthew Kluge created a RuPaul’s Drag Race themed tree that makes us all want to drop by with a present.

Last year, the couple designed a Real Housewives tree, placing headshots of the women into ornaments and then hanging them in ranked order, with their favorites at the top and their lesser favorites in descending order. This year, they took those same ornaments and switched out the housewives for the queens, and placed a special RuPaul angel at the top, for a stunning final reveal.

“Matt handled the RuPaul doll, as he worked in the costume shop at the University of Virginia,” Carson told NewNowNext. “It took him a few nights to assemble her dress from all the screenshots we could find from the DESPYs episode. It was truly such a stunning and unique Ru look, but so different than her normal silhouette, so a lot more difficult than we expected.”

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Bryce Carson

“The hair took a full 12 hours,” he continued. “From scalping Barbie to weaving each piece of yarn, brushing each one out individually and then flat ironing. We then had to style it and sew it into place. We added some lipstick and highlighter to Barbie to give her a more draggy look.”

Making up the coveted tier one on Carson and Kluge’s tree are: Alyssa Edwards, Bianca Del Rio, Detox, Jinkx Monsoon, Katya, Manila Luzon, Raja, Shangela, Sharon Needles, Stacy Layne Matthews, Trixie Mattel, Valentina, and Willam.

Tier two is: Adore Delano, Aja, Alaska, Aquaria, BenDeLaCreme, Courtney Act, Ginger Minj, Jasmine Masters, Jujubee, Latrice Royale, Nicole Paige Brooks, Nina Flowers, Ongina, Pearl, Phi Phi O’Hara, Raven, Thorgy Thor, Trinity Taylor, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.

Tier three is: Alexis Mateo, April Carrión, Bob the Drag Queen, Chad Michaels, Chi Chi DeVayne, Coco Montrese, Darienne Lake, DiDa Ritz, Gia Gunn, Ivy Winters, Jaymes Mansfield, Joslyn Fox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Laganja Estranja, Lineysha Sparx, Mariah Balenciaga, Max, Milk, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Nina Bo’nina Brown, Roxxxy Andrews, Sasha Velour, Shannel, Shea Couleé, Tammie Brown, Tatianna, Tyra Sanchez, and Yara Sofia.

Tier four is: Acid Betty, Asia O’Hara, BeBe Zahara Benet, Blair St. Clair, Carmen Carrera, Charlie Hides, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Delta Work, Derrick Barry, Farrah Moan, India Ferrah, Jade Jolie, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Jessica Wild, Jiggly Caliente, Kelly Mantle, Kennedy Davenport, Kenya Michaels, Laila McQueen, Miss Fame, Monique Heart, Morgan McMichaels, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Naomi Smalls, Pandora Boxx, Peppermint, Robbie Turner, Sasha Belle, The Princess, The Vixen, Trinity K. Bonet, and Violent Chachki.

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Bryce Carson

Finally, tier five is: Akashia, Alexis Michelle, Alisa Summers, Dax ExclamationPoint, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Eureka O’Hara, Honey Mahogany, Jade Sotomayor, Kalorie Karbdashian Williams, Kandy Ho, Kimora Blac, Lashauwn Beyond, Madame LaQueer, Magnolia Crawford, Mayhem Miller, Mimi Imfurst, Monica Beverly Hillz, Mystique Summers Madison, Naysha Lopez, Penny Tration, Phoenix, Rebecca Glasscock, Sahara Davenport, Serena ChaCha, Sonique, Tempest DuJour, Venus D-Lite, Victoria “Porkchop” Parker, Vivacious, Vivienne Pinay, and Yuhua Hamasaki.

“Our collective favorites are easily Raja and Sharon Needles,” Carson said. “Though I pushed hard for a tier one Tyra Sanchez.”

We already can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!

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