I realize my best DIY projects come from problem-solving. Usually a big problem, but sometimes a little problem. This year for Christmas I decided to decorate my son’s room and he needed some mini-trees. I stored a boatload of faux garland from my thrift store last year and wah-la. A star was born.
Typically, my décor stays in the common areas of our home (living room, dining room, and kitchen) But since I’m participating in an upcoming holiday home tour, I decided a kid’s bedroom would be a fantastic choice because:
A) It’s one of the few ‘done’ rooms in my home and
B) IT’s RED! Double win.
Trouble is, I made up my mind to keep Christmas simple and I always rely on a budget. So my goal turned into adding holiday cheer without a holiday headache and bank break.
As always, I scoured the house for leftover supplies and craft supplies BEFORE coming up with my concept. Save money and shopping time, my friend. Get into this habit prior to hopping on Pinterest mmm-kay?Save money and shopping time, my friend. Shop your home prior to hopping on Pinterest mmm-kay? Click To Tweet
I came up with tons of red bulbs, Christmas lights, and cheap greenery. A few red buckets leftover from my days as a youth activity coordinator at church also manifested.
I could make this work.
I’m in love with buffalo check in all those farmhouse homes, so this would be THE perfect place to add some for a season since farmhouse is really not my steel-o.
My son’s room is pretty straight-laced. During the year, it’s got a science vibe with beakers and test tubes. For Christmas, I switched it out for a slightly industrial/modern look using hints of galvanized steel and kraft paper.
I’ve developed a slight obsession with deer in Christmas decorating so I sprinkled in a deer and antlers anywhere could. We needed forest elements and he doesn’t have room for even a small floor tree, so I whipped up this faux mini tree from the leftover garland I got from the thrift store last year.
Friend, this easy mini Christmas tree from faux garland is as easy as DIY gets.
COST | about $5 if you use dollar tree supplies. I had everything on hand except the optional ornaments so I only spent $2. TIME INVESTMENT| 15 minutes. DIFFICULTY | Easy
Supplies for one 12-inch faux garland mini Christmas Tree
- 1 3-ft strand of faux garland
- 1 small block floral foam
- bucket or fabric
- Wire cutters
- Mini ornaments (optional)
How to Make a mini Christmas tree from faux garland
Start by straightening your faux garland. Mine had been in storage, so it was a giant wrinkled mass. Cut the 3ft strand of garland into one 16-inch piece, one 12-inch piece, and one 8-inch piece.
Create the point of the tree with the 16-inch stem
Drop down a few inches and intertwine the 12-inch section perpendicular to the first section. this will give the tree dimension and shape so you don’t have a flat tree.
Mold the wires of the branches so they all point towards the top of the tree. Begin forming the tree shape by cutting individual branches. You want the shortest branches at the top and the longer branches are at the bottom.
Cut individual branches from your remaining 8-inch section and use them as filler for any gaps. I also added a few pieces where I thought I needed longer branches. Simply twist the wires around each other.
Stick tree into the base of the floral foam. I had to use a dowel to get a nice hole in the foam base. I also cleaned excess green off the ‘trunk’ so I could stick it in more easily.
Add it small bucket, vase or basket or wrap in burlap or fabric and tie with ribbon. I chose the bucket because I already owned one.
See how easy that was?
This little tree can be used in any type of décor. I’m may make a few more tiny ones and flock them for the kitchen. You can be as creative with these as your normal tree. The sky is the limit.
To make smaller trees, just use shorter strands of garland. Once you make one you’ll get the hang of it.
What kind of crafts are you up to this Christmas?
I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers with more awesome ideas for holiday decorating. Be sure to check out their projects.