Over the past few weeks I’ve seen several really cute mini Christmas trees. You know, the little ones that are just for decoration, cost an arm and a leg, and are far from eco-friendly? Yeah, those. Enter: a bottle I saved from the trash.
I knew it would have a purpose one day! I took branches– lots and lots of branches.
And made my own mini Christmas tree:
I have to warn you.. this project is a beast! You need to have patience in order to complete it.
What you will need:
1. 1 Bottle
3. Hot glue gun/hot glue
4. Little rocks (I’ll explain later!)
5. Mini jingle bells.
6. Twine– I chose red twine. This might also be a good chance to whip out the hemp baker’s twine!
7. Yellow paper (I used a scrap piece I had in my craft stuff, but you could also use junk mail for the star).
9. Spray paint. Remember, spray paint isn’t the greenest craft supply, so opt for low-VOC spray paint, if you can.
How to do it:
1. Put your little rocks into the bottle. Due to the fact that we only attach the branches on one side of the bottle, you need to have something to weigh it down and keep it steady.
2. Once your hot glue gun is hot, start hot gluing the branches to your bottle. I started with the thicker branches at the bottom and used thinner branches at the top. This is how you will start it:
Once you get your first layer done, continue to work your way up the bottle. Make sure your hot glue has dried completely before moving on to the next layer (this is where your patience comes in!). If I could do my Christmas tree all over again, I wouldn’t put as much hot glue. I put a lot of hot glue because I was impatient and wanted to go on to the next layer, but, if you look closely, you will see that I have globs of glue peeking through my branches– not so pretty!
3. Put a tall branch inside the bottle. You might have to push it through your little rocks a bit. This branch will be the top of the tree (and where you will put your lovely star).
4. Spray paint the branches/bottle. The only reason I spray painted mine was because of the globs of glue. Otherwise, I would leave the branches their natural color. It’s all up to you!
5. After the spray paint has dried, add your twine. You’ll want to weave it through the branches like you would a real Christmas tree. I didn’t glue the twine on because mine stayed pretty well, but that’s also completely up to you.
4. Add your adorable jingle bells. I hot glued these as well.
5. Cut a star out of your craft paper. Glue it to the top of the tree.
That’s it! Now you have an adorable mini Christmas tree! I put mine on the mantle:
If you have another bottle, you could make a tree for each side of your mantle or you could put branches around the entire bottle for a beautiful table centerpiece! If you want even more ideas for your recycled bottles, be sure to check out this post. In it you will find instructions on how to make lights out of bottles and how to cut bottles into drinking glasses!