These DIY Dollar Tree duster trees are the least expensive and most beautiful Christmas decor you’ll likely to see this holiday season!
Once you see it, you can’t un-see it. It’s right there in your hand staring back at you and daring you not to see it!
How many times have you looked at a duster like this?
If you’re like us, you’ve at least seen it a thousand times on one of your dozen weekly trips to Dollar Tree.
What’s that? You don’t go to Dollar Tree 12 times a week?
But wait, my babes told me it’s totally normal. In fact, she’s been telling me lately we don’t go to enough Dollar Trees! Am I to understand I’ve been misled about how often the average American races to Dollar Tree?
Huh. I’ll have to have a word with Handan about this, but first let’s get back to this duster.
You’ve seen it, right? It and its fluffy brethren just hang out all day long in Dollar Trees all across the land.
And until now, it’s just been a fluffy duster – about as unobtrusive and milquetoast as a Dollar Tree product can be.
But then something shifts in your brain – a tumbler clicks into place, and you spit out your half-caff-skinny-vanilla-cocoa-latte-with-3-pumps-NOT-4 and you see that duster in a whole new light.
And you can never, never go back to see it as a duster again.
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Take another sip of your half-caff-skinny to replace the mouthful you spit out, and let me show you the absolute cheapest, easiest Christmas craft that also happens to be one of the most beautiful! At its most basic, this craft can be just $1.25. If you want to gussy it up with LED fairy lights, your cost for each tree goes up to $2.50
Dollar Tree will run out of dusters. You’ve been warned, so plan accordingly!
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DIY Dollar Tree Duster Trees VIDEO Tutorial
Watch our short and fun video below for an overview of our DIY Dollar tree duster trees before you read the detailed step-by-step tutorial.
This is one of those crafts that will take so much longer for me to write about than it will take you to make, so let’s cut the chatter and get crafting!
DIY Dollar Tree Duster Trees Tutorial
Step 1 – Fluff it up!
Spin that duster in your hands – back and forth – to get those hairs (strands? fur?) really standing on end.
Step 2 – Haircut
Trim the duster starting from the top middle and angling out to the edge about 3/4 of the way to the bottom.
Don’t cut farther than this. I mean, you can, of course. The craft police aren’t going to bust down your door and haul you off to a prison cell made of popsicle sticks and hot glue or anything. It’s just that we found the trees looked better when I trimmed them to the exact point my finger is pointing to.
Keep trimming, and soon enough you’ll see a familiar shape emerge through the fluff.
Every once in a while, you can spin-fluff the tree to see if everything is looking evenly cut.
From here, just keep trimming until you’re happy with the shape!
Step 3 – Remove the handle
It’s time to remove the handle. You could even do this in the very beginning, but I found it easier to hold the handle than the thin wire stem in the middle. The handle is secured with a bit of hot glue, but if you keep twisting the handle in the unscrewing direction, you’ll break the glue bond, and the handle will unscrew itself from the twisted-wire spine.
Step 4 – Add lights
Wrap a strand of battery-operated LED fairy lights around duster tree, starting up top and working down. These trees allow you to nestle the lights into the fluff, so the wire won’t be seen.
Step 5 – Mount
You can mount the tree anywhere you’d like. I’ll show you how we mounted ours.
For the first duster tree, I got a Dollar Tree wood box from our CraftStash™
I put some Dollar Tree floral foam (also from the CraftStash™) in the box.
Then I stuck the wire tree base into the floral foam and tucked the fairy light controller in the box. Both square and round boxes are from Dollar Tree.
Astute Astrids and Noticing Nancies will have seen the box has magically changed from square to cylinder in the picture above. I decided round was a better look, but you decide for yourself.
Here’s how my duster tree looks when unlit and sitting in its cube.
And here it is all lit up in its cylinder!
Which do you prefer?
To mount the next two duster trees, I used two log slices I had on hand.
I drilled a hole in each large enough to accommodate the tree’s wire, but I didn’t drill all the way through the wood.
To display my DIY duster trees, I placed one log slice on the other and placed the boxed tree onto the top log slice.