DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com

DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees

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I made these neutral tabletop trees from faux pampas stems, but I can assure you they’re not full of themselves! 😁

Pampas grass.

I can’t say it, read it or write it without translating it to “pompous ass” and conjuring up a mental image of insufferable ornamental landscape grass that looks down on all the other plantings.

In fairness, it pampas grass would have every right to be the pompous ass of the garden if it so chose. I think it’s the most beautiful ornamental grass, and I’ve been hectoring Handan to let me plant some of it somewhere on our property.

DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com

Well, until that day, I’ll have to make do with the fake stuff, and wouldn’t you know it, my babes thought of a brilliant Christmas hack for some faux pampas stems we bought from Hobby Lobby.

faux pampas grass

It’s no secret we’re a little obsessed with trees and stars around the holidays, so these neutral tabletop trees fit right into our tree-filled Christmas display!

DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com

Let’s get to it! You’re going to love how easy it is to make these trees!

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I trimmed a few “branches” from the base of the pampas stem and set them aside for later.

man trimming a faux pampas grass stem
man trimming a faux pampas grass stem

Then I cut the stem as close as I could to the next set of branches.

man trimming a faux pampas grass stem
man trimming a faux pampas grass stem

The top of the pampas stem was capped with another frond of grass. I pulled that off and set it aside.

man trimming a faux pampas grass stem
man trimming a faux pampas grass stem
man trimming a faux pampas grass stem

I pulled the base of this Dollar Tree decor item to use for my tree.

man holding christmas decor

You can use any scrap of wood for the base – just drill a small hole to accommodate the stem.

man pulling base from christmas decor

I stuck the pampas stem into the base.

man making a tabletop tree

There were three branches that drooped below the base.

man making a pampas tree

I trimmed them off and set them aside with the others.

man making a tabletop tree

That left me with six clippings which I used to fill in and fatten the tree.

man making a tabletop tree

I used a little hot glue to attach the clippings anywhere the tree looked a little haggard.

man making a neutral tabletop tree
man making a neutral tabletop tree

With all six glued back on the tree, my neutral tabletop tree was finished! I made one more and set them up on the dining room table.

man making a neutral tabletop tree
DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Neutral Tabletop Trees by TheNavagePatch.com




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13 Comments

      1. I grew up with a pampas in my backyard. I was pretty to look at from a distance. However, the “blooms” would go to seed and it was like a dandelion! My mom tried to make an arrangement with the blooms, and it was a mess! Also, beware! The leaves of the plant will slice you up if you are not very careful handling them — like the death of a 1000 papercuts! Working with faux pampas is probably the best way to go. Kudos to you, sir! Lovely!

  1. First what are the all SEX glue onto your tree?? HAAAAAHHAAA!! I just couldn’t leave that alone.
    Since you are in Florida, check on planting Pompous, I believe they don’t allow it,
    it’s invasive is the reason I think. I checked it out a few years ago, so don’t remember the reason. I think it’s a beautiful plant.

  2. My husband and I flocked our Christmas tree today, lol, so I’m loving the Christmas post! Your Christmas trees are my next project. I have a bunch of colorful Putz houses and these trees are perfect because they’re off-white. Looks like a Hobby Lobby trip for me tomorrow! Thanks for the idea y’all!

    Hate to harp on the snake thing but they do love Pampas grass. It looks beautiful just stay away once the fronds reach the ground and you can’t see what’s in there!

  3. These are adorable- and at the same time exude an understated elegance! How do you keep the pampas grass from shedding bits all over? I don’t have that here out on the Canadian prairies- but thought I might just go foraging for some other grassy stems that aren’t quite buried in snow yet- I’d like to know how to keep them intact? Sending Warm Winter Wishes to You and Handan! Enjoy a Lovely Thanksgiving and Christmas Season

    1. Hi Laura! We have a similar sort of plant here in New Zealand, and I’ve seen people use a spray of hairspray to keep the fluff together a bit longer. Not sure how long it lasts though.