DIY Christmas Trees

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When it comes to Christmas trees, the more, the merrier. Don’t limit yourself to only your full-size, decorated tree in the living room. You can craft a wide range of trees, and use them to add extra holiday festivity to your home. Create an entire forest of trees for your mantel, or just a few special additions for your dining room table. Christmas tree crafts are a fun way to add a little touch of the homemade and your own creativity to your holiday decorating.

DIY Christmas Trees for Your Mantel

You can fill your mantel with a dazzling display of Christmas trees easily created with just foam cone shapes from the craft store, a hot glue gun, and a wide variety of items to cover the cone. Keep the look cohesive by topping each tree with a matching gold star ornament or craft-store bird, ball or angel.

It’s a wrap: One of the easiest ways to create your tree is to wrap a length of decorative rope or twine around the foam cone, starting at the top and working evenly all the way to the bottom. Use a little topper to conceal the end of the trim. Do several trees with a different material on each. Try:

  • Gold decorative rope
  • Thin silver garland
  • Wide rickrack
  • Pom pom trim
  • Ruffle trim

Cover it up: Another easy trick for decorating foam cone Christmas trees is to use hot glue to attach different shapes and items to the cone. You’ll need to work carefully to achieve an even, attractive appearance, so consider the size of the items you are working with, and space them accordingly. Finish with a star or ornament topper. Try:

  • Mini glass balls
  • Feathers
  • Natural seedpods, tiny pinecones or berries
  • Faux leaves
  • Small clamshells
  • Colorful buttons

Trim the Table

Decorate your table with a Christmas tree centerpiece you made yourself. With just a few simple materials, you can assemble wonderfully creative holiday decorations.

Garden pot Christmas Tree: You don’t need a traditional Christmas tree to show off some greenery.

You will need:

  • 1 each of 4”, 6” and 8” terracotta pots
  • 1-inch wide ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Florist foam
  • Cuttings from your garden, or faux greenery like rosemary, boxwood, juniper or arborvitae
  1. Use the hot glue to attach a length of ribbon around the rim of each pot.
  2. Cut a piece of florist foam to fit snuggly in each pot, and press it down inside.
  3. Stack the pots with the smallest on top. Press the top two down firmly to hold them in place.
  4. Use your greenery to fill in the open spaces in each pot. Press the stems into the florist foam to hold the clippings in place.
  5. Continue until you have filled each pot with a bushy display of clippings. Use scissors if necessary to trim the greenery in the top pot into a pointed, Christmas-tree shape.

Edible Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Your guests can start their first course with the Christmas tree if you create an edible centerpiece!

You will need:

  • Craft foam cones
  • Pretty pots or containers the right size to hold the cones steady
  • Toothpicks
  • A wide range of fruits and vegetables
  1. Start off by wedging the bottom of the cone into the container.
  2. For your vegetable tree, cut 1-inch pieces of celery, broccoli, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and carrots.
  3. Use toothpicks to skewer the veggies, and attach them to the cone. If the pieces are small enough, you can stack more than one on each toothpick.
  4. Continue until the tree is covered, and the veggie skewers are evenly spaced. Top the tree off with a final skewer of red bell pepper.
  5. For your fruit tree, cut 1-inch pieces of strawberry, pineapple, kiwi and cantaloupe. You will also use whole purple grapes.
  6. As with the vegetables, use toothpicks to skewer the fruit and attach it to the foam cone. Cover the tree evenly and completely, alternating the fruit to create a colorful pattern. Top the tree with a star cut from cantaloupe.

Christmas Tree Pinecones

This is a fun craft for kids, and an easy way to add their special touch to the holiday table.

You will need:

  • Large pinecones
  • Metallic pipe cleaners
  • Individual sequins
  • Craft glue
  1. Wrap metallic pipe cleaners around the pinecones, slipping the pipe cleaner between the brackets of the cone. Space the pipe cleaners so they resemble garland on a traditional tree.
  2. Fashion a star out of a pipe cleaner, and use the ends to attach it to the top of the pinecone.
  3. With small dabs of glue, scatter sequins along the garland to look like ornaments.
  4. Let dry, then display.

The Christmas tree motif is wonderful for spreading cheer through your holiday home. Make several to decorate your mantel and table, and enjoy the fun and creativity of crafting.

Last Updated: December 16, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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