One way to make your Holidays more special, is to decorate your home with Christmas decorations you or your loved ones made yourself. I will show you how to make a simple and elegant Christmas Tree in less than an hour!
Supplies you will need
- Paper Mache Christmas Tree at Hobby Lobby. For the large tree, which is almost 23″ high, I used almost 12 yards of beaded trim where the trim was 1/2″ wide. For the smaller tree, which is 17″ high, I used 3 yards of the beaded trim where the trim was 1″ wide. These Christmas craft decor items are normally 40% off. Currently the large is out of stock online, however my local Hobby Lobby had several available in the craft section of the Holiday supplies.
- Bead Trim on clearance– For the large Christmas Tree, I would suggest finding your bead trim or any trim you like in the clearance section in Hobby Lobby by the fabric section. I was unable to find the one I used online but you can click here for something similar I used. Just keep in mind it’s not on clearance. Depending on the width of your trim, it could take up to 12 yards.
Sweet and Simple
Making these beaded Christmas Trees is fun and simple, basically make sure you have enough glue sticks and warm up your glue gun.
I started at the bottom of the tree, not the trunk since the beads will mostly camouflage this. About 1/2″ up from the bottom, I apply about 5″ of hot glue, horizontally, in a straight line to start with and then I lined up the trim over this area so it covers the bottom of paper mache Christmas Tree.
For my Christmas Tree I continued to work in about 5″ increments, gluing and applying the trim. I did not over lap the trim going up my Christmas Trees, but I did lay them so they met with each row.
You can see in the video below how I started this. Once you get your first row down, you will just work you way up to the top.
Once I got to the top, I handled each tree differently due to the amount of trim I had left.
For the small Christmas Tree, I had about 1/2″ tip of the tree not covered. I cut this extra paper mâché tip off with scissors and then I used a bead from the bottom piece of trim I cut off and hot glued it on as the tree topper.
For my larger Christmas Tree, I had almost a yard left over, I basically went around the tip of the tree twice before cutting the trim. I hot glued the edges so they overlapped on the tree. Then I removed a bead from the extra trim I had left over and glued this to the top for my tree topper.
That is it!
Ideas on how to use beaded Christmas Trees in your home decor
My small Christmas tree is being used as a centerpiece for my dining room table.
I have it placed in a galvanized cake pan with a small flocked wreath and this small Christmas Tree placed in the center.
Recently, I bought a chunky candle stick holder from Goodwill for a few dollars. After cleaning it good, I highlighted the designs with guilding wax in different colors.
My large Christas Tree fit in it like it was made for this candlestick!
see how I started my first row of beads watch the video below.
I hope I inspired you to try this Christmas Tree craft! Any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to answer them!
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