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I’m a firm believer that there should be a Christmas tree in every room of the house. Okay maybe not every room, and definitely not a full-sized tree. But I adored having my own small, fake tree when I was growing up. To do that in a 900-square-foot apartment is just not reasonable, so we’re on the lookout for miniature trees. And adding that little extra Christmas cheer using something we already have? Even better.
We upcycled these lovely tea tins and made adorable tiny Christmas trees perfect for the table, a nightstand, or even as a gift. With a little paint, a snip or two from a tree in the backyard, and some holiday glitter, we were set for the holidays — and even had extra decor to share. Our family participates in a few food drives over the season so we’re excited to include a tiny tree centerpiece in our bag of groceries this year!
Mini Tea Tin Christmas Trees
inspired by The Holiday Collective, as seen on Shelterness
- Masking tape
- Empty tea or coffee tins (like this from Amazon)
- Gold and white acrylic paint (like this and this from Amazon)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (makes enough for 2 trees)
- 2 teaspoons water
- Evergreen branches (2-3 per tree)*
- Wet floral foam (like this from Amazon)
- Crinkle cut craft paper (like this from Amazon)
- Small metallic pom-poms (like these from Joann)
Hot glue gun and glue (optional)
*Note: We helped ourselves to a tree in our backyard, but if you can’t find natural ones, consider using an artificial garland.
Use the masking tape to section off portions of the tin for gold and white paint. Since the tea tins were pretty themselves, I left a portion of them exposed.
- Paint the tins and set aside to dry.
- While the tins dry, mix your fake snow. Start with 1/4 cup baking soda and add 1/2 teaspoon of water at a time, mixing it in with a fork until the consistency is like a chalky paste. Use your hands to press the baking soda snow mix into the branches.
- Remove the tape from the tins. And if needed, reposition and continue painting.
Cut a block of wet foam for each tin. You’ll want it to sit about 1″ below the rim of the tin.
- Arrange 2-3 branches in the foam, creating a miniature tree.
- Cover the foam with craft paper.
- And for a final ornamental touch, pop in a few metallic pom-poms to adorn your mini tree. Mine stuck in the branches pretty well but if you want them extra secure, use a dab of hot glue.
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