Bring some holiday cheer into your home with a whimsical Christmas tree! These tabletop Christmas trees are easy to make and just the cutest thing ever!
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Do you remember my tag sale and Put & Take regime? Well, I have news for you: I spent a whole week tidying up the basement, so now it gives the impression that we don’t have as many things – of course everything is still there, but now it’s all stacked up to the ceiling! I only tidied enough to give us some room to walk around. But still, that organization must have worked, as Greg finally lifted my tag sale ban! YAY! In his defense, winter is here. So he lifted the ban knowing that tag sale season is pretty much over and even Put & Take is not that bountiful…or so he thought! hehehehe 🙂
After the ban was lifted, when we went to Put & Take, guess what I found? This faux Christmas tree, which had a big note on it saying that it was missing quite a lot of parts.
…and these cheap plastic curtain rod finials. One of them was broken, and the curtain rod wasn’t even there. I guess someone must have picked it and didn’t want to bother with the broken finials.
Despite Greg’s efforts to keep me from taking them by pointing out the missing and broken parts, they both came home with us. I am not sure what was worse for him: trying to fit that big tree box in the already-full cargo area of our car, or realizing that neither snow, nor rain, nor cold will ever stop me from finding the coolest things at Put & Take. LOL. On the bright side, he was pretty happy with my crafting performance, since none of these finds had the chance to see our basement, as they were put to good use straight away 😉
If you’re curious how I repurposed that faux tree, I got an outdoor Christmas garland and two other awesome DIY Christmas decor projects out of it, LOL!
Ok, now that you’ve seen that post, here is how I used the curtain rod finials.
Pretty cool, right? Okay, now you might be thinking, “how am I supposed to find an unused curtain rod finial to make these trees?” Don’t worry! As long as you have some crafting wire and some aluminum foil, you are covered. So let’s start making some whimsical Christmas trees, shall we?
Whimsical Christmas Tree Supply List
Here is a little hint on the feather boas: Dollar Store feather boas are only 4 feet long and they are very thin. Therefore I had to use 2 of them. But if you are getting your white feather boa from Amazon or from a craft store, then you can get away with only one of them, because they are 6 feet long and much thicker.
Mossy Whimsical Christmas Tree
As you can see, this one was pretty easy and straightforward, as it involved only a few steps.
Although the final beauty shots of all will be at the end of the post, here is a sneak peek of the mossy whimsical Christmas tree for you.
Now let’s move on to the feather tree.
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Feathery Whimsical Christmas Tree
Once I reached the top, I cut some craft wire around 8-9 inches long and inserted it in the top-center part of the foam (as seen in the picture below). I made sure at least an inch of the craft wire was in the Styrofoam cone.
…pressed the aluminum foil to the top part of the Styrofoam cone, so it would be glued in place. Once the aluminum foil was glued to the Styrofoam cone, I started wrapping and crumbling the aluminum foil around the craft wire to give it a kind of gnome hat shape (as shown in the pictures below).
Once I was finished correcting the shape to my liking, I cut the excess floral wire and created a small loop at the end. The loop was so I could hang an ornament or star from it.
And here is the little sneak peak for the feathery whimsical Christmas tree before we move on to the final one.
I know, I know…you are wondering how to make the two-way branched-out shape like my curtain rod finial had, right? Have no worries…I promised that you were covered, and so you are! Let’s follow the steps below to get that two-way branched-out shape, then carry on with the third tree, shall we?
First, you’ll need to cut 2 pieces of floral wire: one 18 inches long and one 12 inches long. If you want to make your shape smaller, then you can cut each piece proportionally shorter.
The last picture above looks like some sort of creepy finger, doesn’t it? I think I know what I’ll be doing for next Halloween! hahahaha! Anyway, let’s get back to the tutorial 🙂
Once you are finished with one, do the same steps with the other wire, so you have the two branches ready. Then, bend each aluminum-foil-wrapped wire to get the shape you want and hot glue them together as shown in the pictures below.
Now that you’ve finished creating the whimsical shape, you will need to insert it in to the Styrofoam cone.
Next, you’ll need to secure the shape into its place. For that, you’ll cut some aluminum foil and fold it in half. Then, put some hot glue on the folded edge.
There…you see how easy that was! 🙂 Now, it is all ready for you to start hot gluing sheet moss or whatever material you’d like to make your whimsical tree from.
Last but not least: my favorite whimsical tabletop Christmas tree!
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Curly Top Whimsical Christmas Tree
Every faux pine garland should have a short metal wire on each end. I picked my flattened garland from one end and inserted that metal wire part into the Styrofoam cone. I did this to have a strong starting point, as I was going to wrap and hot glue the garland around the cone.
Next, I started hot gluing the garland’s stem onto the Styrofoam cone.
Now here is a hint for you which might ease the hot gluing process: as my garland was very old, hot gluing it from its spine on a Styrofoam cone was not easy. It kept bending in such weird ways, as if it didn’t want to be glued to the cone. Hence, I had to keep pressing and waiting until the hot glue dried properly and held the garland in place. As I have very little patience for that kind of thing, right after the first “waiting for the hot glue to dry” period, I decided to use some wire staples.
I cut several small pieces from the floral wire and bent them in two to form staples.
While hot gluing the garland, these wire staples kept the garland’s stem in place (as shown in the pictures below).
With the pin solution, my hot gluing process went faster, and with only 4 rows, I finally reached the top of the Styrofoam cone. Since I wanted my tree to have a wider skirt and skinnier top part, I left greater spacing in between each row as the garland climbed up.
Once I was finished with hot gluing the garland, I started arranging the branches to cover the cone’s white parts and to make it look like the picture below. At the top I left a branch un-arranged, as I was going to use it to attach the curved top part to the tree.
For the curved top part, I hot glued a Dollar Store garland (a cheap single-line garland) around the floral wire and inserted it to the top of the tree. Then I wrapped the little branch (the one I left un-arranged, remember?) to secure the curved top part in its place.
Next, I started preparing the stand for the tree with Greg’s help. He cut a small round from a birch log and a 10-inch length from a pine branch. Then he drilled a shallow hole in the birch log and sharpened one end of the branch for easier penetration to the foam.
I hot glued the flat part of the branch into the log’s hole…
… and I hot glued some reindeer moss around the branch, just to add a bit more interest to the base. Then I pushed the foam (tree’s bottom) onto the branch, and that was it for my curly top whimsical Christmas tree!
Ok, enough of my yapping. Let’s get on with the beauty shots!
Do you like the ornament in the picture below? It’s so easy to make! I’ll show you how in my DIY Gilded Christmas Ornaments tutorial!
Here’s another one of my gilded Christmas ornaments!
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