I’ll say it – I’m not over the farmhouse trend. I love the rustic simplicity of everything and really wanted to carry those elements over to my holiday décor. So, I made a DIY potted Christmas tree that’s full of farmhouse charm, from the galvanized pot to the simple red berries. I even decided to make DIY lantern ornaments to give it a little extra something.
The nice thing about this DIY potted Christmas tree project is that everything’s customizable. I used red berries and white cardstock for the lanterns, but you can swap those colors for whatever colors match your décor instead!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY Potted Christmas Tree:
- Mini Christmas Tree
- Red Berry Spray (15 per tree)
- Battery-Operated Tea Lights(one tea light per lantern)
- Galvanized Bucket (I used the smaller bucket)
- Styrofoam Block
- Textured White Cardstock (12″ x 12″)
- Translucent Vellum Paper (8.5″ x 11″)
- Jute Cord
- Silhouette CAMEO 3 Machine
- Silhouette Lantern Cut File
First, you’ll create and assemble your paper lanterns. Resize the cut file so each lantern has a 2″ bottom that’s just big enough to hold a tea light. Use your Silhouette to cut out the lantern design and discard the tea light holder part of the cut file. I love that this lantern cut file has incorporated a hole at the bottom of the lantern so you can turn the battery powered tea light on and off! It’s brilliant!
To make our DIY potted Christmas tree we’ll start by trimming down the stems on all of the berry picks so we can attach them without them being too long.
Use the trimmed berry picks to fill in the top part of the tree. You can also trim sections of the (un-separated) picks if they stick out too far, and glue the trimmed pieces where there are empty spaces.
Next up is decorating! Attach your tea light lanterns using the jute hanger.
Cover the filler with a piece of Styrofoam so the mini tree has a solid base to sit on. The mini tree I chose for this project comes wrapped in burlap. Since I was going for the farmhouse trend, I wanted the burlap to show which is why I used a few extra pieces of Styrofoam.
Place your tree in the bucket and you’re done! If you feel like the tree is still a little wobbly, you might want to add some small rocks to the top of the burlap to make the tree a little more anchored.
I hope you’re inspired by how easy it is to make a mini DIY potted Christmas tree!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).