DIY Rustic Mini Christmas Tree Centerpiece!
create a rustic Christmas centerpiece using dollar tree mini trees!
Hello sweet friends, and Happy Wednesday!
If you’re coming from Danya’s Just another Farmhouse blog- WELCOME! I just LOVE how she decorated her mini trees! And her pretty centerpiece just warms my heart!
We are so glad you stopped by and we hope you find a wee bit of inspiration here at CD’s Country Living!
I have to say I was SUPER inspired and excited when Terrie, the author of the blog, Decorate and More with Tip asked me to join her DIY Challenge a couple of weeks ago! I recently found Terrie and all her lovely squares over on Instagram and felt a true kinship with her almost immediately! Terrie is hosting this fun DIY challenge and I’m so humbled to be joining her and some other amazingly talented bloggers who will be sharing creative decorating ideas using these Dollar Tree mini trees(or ones similar)! You can find all the wonderful inspiration in the links at the bottom of this post!
Now onto today’s project!
I’ll be honest! When I first caught a glimpse of these mini trees at my local Dollar Tree I couldn’t help but be a bit concerned. They are…cute…in a very inexpensive faux kind of way. But they aren’t exactly designer looking, am I right?
And it doesn’t get much better when you fluff it up a bit either!
Charlie Brown would love this tree. Me? Not so much, but that’s what made this a challenge, and a fun one at that!!
I chose to create a rustic Christmas centerpiece with my mini tree (s) with the hope that I could keep it up all winter long!
So let’s get started!
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Dollar Store mini tabletop trees
Additional faux branches or garland ( I used an old tree and garland I had on hand) **You can also pick up a package of garland stems at Dollar Tree
Spray Snow (Dollar Tree)
(3) Metal buckets ( I found mine at Walmart for $2.97 apiece)
Styrofoam blocks (Dollar Tree)
Ribbon (I used a black and white plaid I found at Walmart)
Wooden Script Ornaments (I found mine in the Christmas aisle at Walmart)
How to Create A Rustic Christmas Centerpiece!
Step One: Fill in the tree with more faux branches.
This step is totally optional but since I was going to flock my trees anyway, I figured no would see that the branch colors don’t match, so why not? The more fuller the tree the better!
Step two-spray paint trees with white paint
This is a little easier said than done. The tree isn’t the sturdiest and since it was windy when I chose to paint outside to avoid filling our house up with fumes-it ended up falling down several times during this process. The good news is it held up well!! 🙂 Once painted, I brought the trees inside and allowed them to dry completely. (About 2-3 hours or overnight if possible.)
Step Three-Spray with faux snow
Again, I would definitely do this step outdoors and DEFINITELY not on a windy day!! I would also recommend you have something around and under the tree. I did NOT use a lot of this spray as it is messy. It will also NOT dry if put on heavily! Basically I just sprayed a light coat on top and the underside of some of the branches just to give them that flocked look that’s so popular! Once I had the look I wanted I brought the trees inside and let them dry overnight.
STEP four-Paint and decorate the buckets
I first gave each bucket a light coat of the black spray paint. I let that dry for 1 hour and then applied one more light coat. Once that dried (about 1 hour) I placed the Styrofoam square inside the bucket and then it was time to decorate.
I measured and cut enough ribbon to wrap around each bucket. Then I used my glue gun to glue them in place. Next came the ornament, which I just centered on the ribbon and glued into place.
Step five-remove the end from your mini tree and insert it into the styrofoam in the bucket.
The tree comes with its own stand so you will need to remove the end that the arms for the stand fit into. Then gently press the new end into the styrofoam inside the bucket.
Once my trees were completed it was time to pull the rest of the centerpiece together! I did this by placing a piece of stained wood in the center of my table. Then I placed the trees in their rustic Christmas buckets on top. In between each, I placed a frosted pine cone. And on each end a simple white candle.
And last but not least I sprinkled a bit more faux snow around the bases of the buckets to add a touch more whimsy!
I LOVE how each one has its own Christmas message now, but when Christmas is over I can just remove the ornaments and keep the trees up all winter long!
Here is the rundown of my total cost for this DIY Rustic Mini Christmas Tree Centerpiece!
Mini Trees- $3
Buckets- $9 (You could also buy buckets at the Dollar Tree for less)
Since I had all of the other materials on hand the total cost for this Rustic Christmas centerpiece was just $16!
So now the question is…what would you do with the Dollar Tree mini tree? I’d love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
And don’t forget to check out the links below for more inspiration!! Next on the list is Dani from The Taborhood!
DIY CHALLENGE-MINI CHRISTMAS TREES!!!
(Click on the photo’s and you will be taken directly to each inspiring post!!)
You can find more of our decorating inspiration here!!!
And check out some more Popular Christmas DIY’s!!!
I hope you’re all inspired to accept this DIY challenge and go pick up a few of your own Dollar Tree mini trees!!!!