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These adorable DIY Mini Christmas Trees are so fun and easy to make! Customize them with unique trims to match your holiday decor!
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get in the holiday crafting mood.
Everywhere I go, I’m seeing beautiful Christmas decorations, which has given me lots of crafty ideas. Recently, I spotted mini trees decorated with colorful fringe and ribbons, and I fell in love with them immediately.
So when I stopped by JOANN and saw their amazing selection of trim, I knew that I had to recreate those DIY Mini Christmas Trees to fit my own holiday decor.
I’m totally obsessed with how cute these handmade trees turned out, and I can’t wait to share the tutorial with you so you can make your own mini holiday trees, too!
DIY Mini Christmas Trees
I love shopping at JOANN at Christmastime. It’s pretty much my holiday headquarters!
They have everything you could possibly need for Christmas, from cute ornaments and holiday decor to all their amazing craft supplies.
I felt like a kid in a candy store picking out beautiful trims to make these DIY Christmas Trees. There were so many gorgeous options at JOANN—two aisles worth!—that the hardest part of this project was narrowing down my favorites.
What I especially love about these trees is that they are so easy to customize according to your decor. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be super crafty … if you can use a glue gun, you can make these trees!
I like a little bling at the holidays, so I went with a classic cream and gold theme. But if your Christmas decor is a little more colorful, you’ll find lots of great options, too.
These DIY Mini Christmas Trees would look beautiful on a mantle, a coffee table, or next to your tree. They make a creative Christmas tree for small spaces, too.
This year, I displayed mine with my DIY Christmas Card Holder … it looks so festive!
Since I found so many trims I loved at JOANN, I decided to make a set of DIY Mini Christmas Trees.
Each one of these handmade Christmas trees is unique, and they’re all so cute.
I’m having a hard time picking my fave, but it’s hard to resist that cute ball fringe!
How to Make DIY Christmas Trees
Want to make your own homemade Christmas trees? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Styrofoam cones
- Various trims, ribbons, bias tape, etc.
- Hot glue gun + extra glue sticks
- Jingle bells or mini ornaments
Choosing Trims for Your Tabletop Christmas Trees
I had so much fun picking out different combinations of ribbons and trims at JOANN! The selection is amazing.
When choosing trims, play around with different options see what works well together. Using different textures, colors, and materials together will make your handmade Christmas trees more interesting. You’ll also want to choose trims that will hide the styrofoam.
The amount of trim you will need depends on the size of your styrofoam cones. You can guesstimate by wrapping the trim around the cones. Be sure to err on the generous side when getting it cut … you do not want to run out.
Once you’re ready to start, arrange your trims in the order you’ll use them. For the small tabletop Christmas tree I’m showing you how to create, I used a bullion fringe, a woven twill trim, and a sequin trim.
Here are the trims I used for my other DIY Mini Christmas Trees. As you can see, there is a lot of variety. I picked up a combination of trims, ribbons, and even a pack of bias tape.
The thing that ties these trees together though is the gold and cream color scheme.
Since I purchased so many different trims, I took a picture of each combination at the store.
I knew I would never remember these combos once I got home. The pictures helped me sort the trims out when I was ready to work on my handmade trees.
Attaching the Trim to the Cones
Let’s get started! You’ll begin on the bottom of the cone and work your way up.
Cut a length of trim long enough to fit around the tree (make sure to add a little extra, just in case).
Use a hot glue gun (on the low setting, if possible) to attach the end of the trim to the styrofoam cone. Once that’s attached, continue gluing the trim to the cone, a little bit at a time, working your way around the tree.
If you are using a wide trim like I did, you will need to cut notches in the trim before gluing it to the cone (see below). This will help the trim lay flat against the cone.
Keep these notches in mind when you’re selecting trims. The trim below was going to be covered by fringe, so those noticeable notches didn’t bother me. You can also work the notches into the design as I did with the faux leather trim I used on another tree. If you’re using a thin ribbon, the notches won’t show as much either.
Continue gluing on more trim, working your way toward the top of the cone.
As you’re adding layers, make sure to keep the starting point for each trim in the same spot on the back of your trees.
That way, when you display the trees the front side will look neat.
If you’re planning to layer trims over each other, save the top layer for last.
I love this sequin trim I found at JOANN. Not only is it cute, but it helps hide the woven part at the top of the bullion trim I used.
You can also use narrow trims to cover the space in between trims.
Adding the Tree Toppers
Don’t forget to cover the top of the tree.
If you have a bit of styrofoam showing, cover it with more trim, a little ribbon, or even a piece of paper. You could also paint the styrofoam a coordinating color before adding your trims.
The last step is the tree topper. I used mini ornaments for my small trees and jingle bells for my larger tree. You’ll find many other options at JOANN though, from wood star shapes to pom poms … get creative!
Attach your topper with more hot glue.
Didn’t these DIY small Christmas trees turn out so cute!
I’m still trying to decide where to display these adorable trees. On my coffee table, under my tree, or maybe on a bookshelf or tabletop … there are so many options.
The tree below with faux leather trim is a favorite.
I love how sleek it looks, and that jingle bell topper is so fun!
Planning to make more than one tree?
Use different trims like I did, or cover different sized trees with the same trims for a more uniform look.
If you make these miniature Christmas trees, please let me know.
I’d love to see how they turn out, and how you display them in your home.
And make sure to stop by JOANN for all your holiday decorating, gifting, and crafting needs!
Do you enjoy making your own holiday decorations, too? What is your favorite project?
P.S. For more inspiration, make sure to check out all of my Christmas recipes, crafts, and decor ideas here!