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Whimsical Tabletop Christmas Trees

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Curly Top Whimsical Christmas Tree

For this one, I again chose a Styrofoam cone and an old faux pine garland.

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I started off by flattening the garland, so I could easily see its stem (the main wire in the center), as I was going to hot glue the garland from the stem.

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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.

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Next, I started hot gluing the garland’s stem onto the Styrofoam cone.

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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.

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While hot gluing the garland, these wire staples kept the garland’s stem in place (as shown in the pictures below).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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… 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!

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Ok, enough of my yapping. Let’s get on with the beauty shots!

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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!

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Here’s another one of my gilded Christmas ornaments! 

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Handan, xo

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  1. Hi folks,you always make me smile, sounds just like me and my other half, when i have to look in every nook and cranny of every charity shop,table sale,car boot sale i come across, with comments of “you don’t need that” ,”what do you want that for?” ,” what are you going to do with that?” i’m rather partial to finials,doorknobs etc they have so many uses. As usual you have created something beautiful from someone else s junk , i love it.

  2. Question……in one of the pictures I noticed a tree with birch bark….where can you purchase birch bark to embellish the styrofoam tree base? (The shadeing and texture caught my eye)….love the tutorial for the examples….you explain the process so wonderful. Sorry to bother…

  3. When I saw these trees in your post the other day I was so hoping you were going to do a tutorial! I LOVE these trees. They make me happy. We’re in the process of moving right now, so they may not happen for Christmas this year, but I’m pinning them. Thanks, Handan.

  4. Yay, the tree tutorial is here, whoop, whoop double whoop…….. Love what you did Handan. The trees look like something from The Lorax. Whimsical cuteness at it’s best.

  5. Oh, no, Handan, now all thoughts of cleaning the house, getting ready for out-of-state guests and cooking for Thanksgiving have flown out of my head. All I can think of is making my own forest of whimsical trees. I am so charmed by these and can’t wait to make my own (even if I have to wait until after Thursday to get started). Thanks for the inspiratin.

  6. These are adorable Handan! You are so very creative! I wish that we have one of those Put & Take places here where I live. That would be so cool. The hubby would probably band me from going, because I would be coming home with all kinds of things. LOL

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! Oh yes – a “Put and Take” is a must for every town’s dump! It’s too bad you can’t drop off husbands there though – LOL.

  7. I’m new to your site and love thumbing through all of your creative projects. But as I scroll through your page today, there seems to be an excessive amount of ads. So many that it was hard to actually see what was your blog. I don’t know anyone else has mentioned this or if you have any control over this, but just wanted to put it out there.

    1. Hi Kristi, we try to strike a balance with our ads to keep them as unobtrusive as possible while still bringing in enough money to keep the blog running. Unfortunately for our readers, ads are a necessity. The sad reality is that it’s getting more and more expensive to run a blog with quality content, and without ads, there would be no Navage Patch. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with the ads, and I will be following up with our advertising partner to determine if there is a more optimal way to serve them while still maintaining that elusive balance between user-friendliness and much-needed revenue. Can you tell me, were you on mobile, desktop or tablet when this happened? Thank you for reaching out to us about this, and also thank you for understanding why these ads are necessary.

  8. Greg I also an not patient enough to hold something until hot glue is dry lol. I love these trees. Thank you much for sharing them with us. Coming across your page was one of the most awesome things I have found. Thank you again..

  9. These trees are adorable, fun, and whimsical! I want to try all three! Thank you for sharing your creative talent.

  10. My favorite tree is the moss covered one! Reminds me of the Grinch movie. What did you use for the tree trunk on that one?

    Thanks!

  11. These are adorable and utterly charming. Who would have thought an old tree and some broken finials could have so many uses (the Alpine tree you made? Gorgeous.) with just a little bit of love! I love your motto of reuse and recycle. We are so quick to throw away these days, when all most things need is a bit of TLC.

    My favorite is definitely the third one but I also have a special place in my heart for the moss tree. I’m a big fan of moss. Thank you for sharing these great projects, Handan!

  12. Did you make the tree that looks like white feathers? I keep looking for any comments about it but haven’t found anything as of yet. Please share if you did. I made the one with the moss. I had to as soon as I saw it. Had to run Walmart and pick up a curtain rod and sheet moss! Hubby (of course) wanted to know what I was making this time! Lol.

    1. Hi Kathy, yes I made that feather tree too. At the top and bottom of the post (whimsical trees post) you’ll see the page numbers. Click on Page 2 of 3 to see how I made the feather tree. It is very easy to make and looks fantastic with a nice colored ornament! 🙂