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Create an old-fashioned look for a side table with a 3-foot-tall tabletop Christmas tree in a copper pot. Adorn the tree with simple paper ornaments and display next to a stack of old books for rustic character.
Spruce up your holiday dining table with a trio of evergreen trees as the centerpiece. Stand three 12-inch tall yews, nestled among root balls and a bed of moss, in a galvanized tray. Anchor the trees with white and purple eggplants for an unexpected touch.
Editor's Tip: Use out-of-the-ordinary vessels to make mini evergreens stand out. Try lanterns, galvanized mop buckets, watering cans, soup tureens, vintage bread boxes, or feed bags when looking for a good base for your tabletop Christmas tree.
Hit a sweet note with this crafty Christmas tree made from folded strips of vintage sheet music and patterned paper. To make, cut 1/2x4-inch strips from sheet music and patterned paper (about 150 sheet music strips and 40 paper strips). Fold a strip in half to make a loop; do not crease fold. Pin the ends of the loop to the bottom of a 9-inch tall foam cone with the loop toward the work surface.
Continue adding sheet music loops around the bottom of the cone, alternating with a few patterned-paper loops for accents. Pin another row of loops to the cone, placing the new loops between the first-row loops and low enough to cover the pins in the first row.
For the top row, fold the cut ends of the loops flat over the top of the cone; pin in place. Pin 5 inches of 1/4-inch wide lace trim around the top of the cone; cut excess. Hot-glue a small jingle bell to the top of the cone for a pretty tree topper.
This mini Christmas tree made from folded paper is a fun accent for a holiday dessert buffet. To make, start with two pieces of 12x12-inch red cardstock. Cut two 2-1/2x12-inch strips. Cut two 12-inch strips that are 1/8-inch narrower than the first strips, then cut two 12-inch strips 1/8-inch narrower than the second strips, continue cutting two progressively narrower strips until all cardstock has been trimmed. Lay a strip on a scoring board; score crosswise lines spaced 1/2-inch apart along the strip. Repeat with the other strips.
Punch one long edge of each strip with a scallop-edge punch; accordion-fold the strips on the scored lines. Use clear-drying glue to adhere the short edges of two strips together to make a medallion. Squeeze the medallion together to close the opening in the center and secure with hot glue. Repeat with the remaining strips.
To make the smaller medallions for the top third of the tree, shorten the strips before joining pairs. Hot-glue the folded medallions together to make the tree shape, starting with the largest medallion at the bottom and ending with the smallest medallion at the top. Hot-glue a ball ornament to the top of the tree.
Rescue a few cut branches from your yard with this clever mini Christmas tree idea. Secure the branches in a container with florist's foam and cover the top with moss. Trim your mini tree with spray-painted pinecones hot-glued to the branches, velvet (or real) acorns, silver star ornaments, and a pretty blue chiffon ribbon for a simple and gorgeous garland.
For a fun (and no-mess) twist on the tabletop Christmas tree, cut thin pieces of wood into Christmas tree shapes. Spray a layer of green chalkboard paint on the shapes; let dry. Write holiday-inspired messages on the trees with chalk, and plant them in small boxes filled with faux snow.
Keep things simple with a white feather Christmas tree adorned with jingle bells tied with blue ribbon. Add to the wintry color scheme by displaying the tree in a galvanized pail; accent the display with a footed bowl of blue and silver ornaments nestled among a bit of greenery.
For a nontraditional tabletop Christmas tree, wrap potted lemon cypress trees in kraft paper, tie with twine, then dress them up with curled white paper ribbon. Place on either side of a holiday drink buffet for a fresh display.
Deck your holiday table in silver and gold with this timeless tabletop Christmas tree. A pint-size silver faux tree adorned with handmade ornaments created from cast-off materials stands in a small galvanized pot. Learn how to make the perfect ornaments for this tiny tree, below.
These crystallized-candy cones are a fun alternative to a traditional tabletop tree. To make the cones, pour three long horizontal rows of rock candy crystals in three or more colors on a baking sheet, placing the rows flush together. Pour the lightest color of crystals at the top of the baking sheet, the midrange color in the center, and the darkest color at the bottom. Wrap solid light-color cardstock around florist's foam cones, slightly overlapping the paper at the back of the cone and securing it with hot glue. (Note: Do not apply the glue to the cone, which will melt. Large cones may need two sheets of paper to cover them completely.) Spread crafts glue on the cones and roll them in crystals; let dry. Reglue and reroll, if needed, to cover cones completely with crystals. Fill in small gaps using hot glue and hand-placed crystals.
Buttons, buttons, and more buttons are all it takes to make this festive tree. Hot-glue new or vintage buttons to a foam cone and then display the creation on a table or mantel.
Try this easy project that requires few materials and looks great sparkling from atop a mantel or buffet table.
The holidays are filled with wrapped gifts -- and so is this delightful display. Lidded boxes wrapped in coordinating scrapbook papers and stacked from largest to smallest make their grand stand on a square cake plate. Ribbon pulls it all together.
These faux firs are made from folded circles of felt adhered to a foam cone base. Trace a 2 1/2-inch and a 3-inch circle onto tracing paper; cut out. Using the tracing paper, trace the circles onto lightweight cardboard and cut out. Using an iron on medium heat, press freezer paper, shiny side down, onto one or two shades of green felt. Trace the circles onto the freezer paper, cut out the circles with pinking shears, and peel off the freezer paper.
Fold a 3-inch circle in half, then in half again, pushing a straight pin through the corner of the folded circle. Holding the folded felt above the pin, push the pin into the cone, beginning at the base. Add folded circles in rows around the cone, fluffing out the edges as you go and using the smaller circles are you near the top of the cone. Alternate felt colors and attach mini ornaments with pins, if desired.
Editor's Tip: Depending on the colors of your other decorations, consider creating these trees with white felt and aqua or pink accents.
Conical shapes grow into statuesque pines simply by rolling handmade papers into points and trimming the bottoms to keep them upright. For a pretty composition, vary the patterns and heights, then glue a gold bead to the top of each cone.
Dust reproduction bottlebrush trees with glitter and display the retro charmers next to a compote of vintage ornaments.
Put a sparkling holiday spin on basic wire topiary forms, found at garden supply and florist shops. Tightly wrap fine-gauge tinsel garland around each form and secure. Wedge a block of polystyrene foam into a silver-tone flowerpot and insert topiary.