When I found this red “thing” in the toy section at Dollar Tree I really wasn’t sure what it was. Several of them were piled in an unmarked box. I thought they kind of looked like vases, so I bought one with a vague idea of what to do with it.
When I took it apart to spray paint, the shape reminded me of the cone Christmas trees I keep seeing everywhere. So, I shifted gears and went for a mod holiday craft. Inspired by Heather’s awesome polka dot pumpkins, I created a bright, funky tree to decorate my mantle.
Red plastic vase toy, $1
Acrylic paint, on hand or $1 and up
Glue dots, on hand or $3 and up
Glitter, on hand or $1
Cardboard or plastic tube, on hand
Total: $1 and up
To make your own mod Christmas tree decor:
Step 1: Take the two pieces apart and paint. I used Deco Art’s Kiwi Green acrylic paint.
Step 2: Put various size glue dots all over the tree.
Step 3: Cover the glue dots with glitter. (I used Dollar Tree glitter).
Step 4: Glue a tube into the base to hold the tree together. I recycled an ornament tube that was the perfect size, but I could have also cut a paper towel tube to size.
I used an old dryer sheet to wipe the excess glitter off my finished project. Since I have 4 kids who will want to manhandle play with the tree, I sealed it with a finishing spray from Krylon.
I love how cheery and hip my tree decor is, and it matches the blue and green accents I have in my living room. Just a few more projects till my mantle is complete. Fingers crossed that it’s all done before Christmas!
Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at Morena’s Corner. She loves to share ideas for projects that are frugal and fabulous: easy on the wallet, but still great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom.
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and the pictures look great!
Very cool. I get a lava lamp vibe from it :)
YES, Valarie, that’s what I was going for! Thanks! :)
This is so cute and such a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!