Making Simple Christmas Tree Crafts

Nothing says Christmas like a beautifully decorated tree. On this page, you will find some easy Christmas tree crafts to decorate your home.

Holiday Cheer Topiary

Add a touch of elegance to your Christmas-decorated home with a rosebud-studded topiary. An assortment of greens and long streamers of ribbon make it particularly eye-catching. Here are the materials you will need:

Here is a completed Holiday Cheer Topiary.
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Here is a completed
Holiday Cheer Topiary
.

  • 3- to 4-inch-diameter clay pot
  • Quick-drying floral spray paint: red and green
  • 12-inch foam cone
  • 1/3 block dry foam
  • Serrated knife
  • Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • 6- to 7-inch twig
  • Handful Spanish moss
  • 3 stems preserved springerii
  • 4 stems preserved plumosus
  • 2 stems dried boxwood
  • 1 twig preserved cedar
  • 2 to 3 stems preserved ming fern
  • Ruler
  • Floral knife (optional)
  • 2 dozen dried red roses
  • 2 to 3 stems dried red pepper berries
  • 1 bunch dried red star flowers
  • Wood picks (optional)
  • 3 yards red ribbon,
  • 1/4 inch wide
  • 1 yard green ribbon,
  • 3/8 inch wide
  • Florist wire
To construct a Holiday Cheer Topiary:
  1. Spray clay pot red and foam cone green with quick-drying floral spray paint (or hobby paint). Allow to dry. Shape 1/3 block of foam to fit into clay pot (you may need to cut it with a serrated knife). Glue it in place. Insert and glue twig into base of foam cone, making sure it is centered. Insert and glue other end of twig into dry foam, leaving about a 3- to 4-inch tree trunk. Cover dry foam with Spanish moss.

    Cut the foam to fit your pot and insert a twig into the flat end.
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    Cut the foam to fit your pot and
    insert a twig into the flat end.

  2. Cut, if necessary, and evenly distribute 2- to 3-inch pieces of springerii, plumosus, boxwood, cedar, and ming fern over foam cone. Make sure to use smaller pieces at top and longer, fuller pieces at bottom.

    Cover the top of the foam with the greenery you've chosen.
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    Cover the top of the foam with the
     greenery you've chosen.

  3. Evenly distribute red roses over entire tree, using smaller pieces at top and longer, fuller pieces at bottom. Repeat with one or two red pepper berries and clusters of red star flowers. If stems are brittle, reinforce them with wood picks. To do so, place wired end of pick next to stem overlapping approximately 1/2 to 1 inch, and wind wire snugly around stem.

    Evenly distribute the red roses throughout the tree.
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    Evenly distribute the red roses
     throughout the tree.

  4. Make a bow from 2 yards of red ribbon. Drape it over top of topiary to look like a garland. Make another bow from remaining 1 yard of red ribbon and 1 yard of green ribbon. Attach to base with florist wire. Insert a cluster of pepper berries next to ribbon.

    Make a bow from two yards of ribbon and drape it over the tree.
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    Make a bow from two yards of ribbon
     and drape it over the tree.

Sweetest Christmas Tree

Here is a completed Sweetest Christmas Tree.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd
Here is a completed
Sweetest Christmas Tree.

This golden tree will dazzle your guests! Or take it for a hostess gift -- it will surely sweeten that party. Here's what you will need to begin:
  • 6-inch terra-cotta pot
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 3 gold doilies, 6 inches each
  • Scissors
  • Gloss decoupage
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Clear gloss spray
  • 17-inch tall foam cone, 5- to
  • 6-inch base
  • Low-temp glue gun, glue sticks
  • 7 silk evergreen branches
  • Wire cutters
  • 6 gold berry picks
  • Chenille stems
  • Gold-foil chocolates
  • 4 yards sheer gold ribbon, 3/4 inch wide
To construct a Sweetest Christmas Tree:
  1. Paint pot white; let dry.Cut doilies into quarters. Decoupage doily pieces to pot, overlapping freely. When dry, use spray gloss to seal.

    Decoupage the doily pieces to the pot.
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    Decoupage the doily pieces to the pot.

  2. Glue foam cone into pot. Cut evergreen branches into 2- to 3-inch pieces. Insert pieces into cone until almost covered.

  3. Separate and twist berry picks into 4-berry clusters. Insert berry clusters around tree.

  4. Cut chenille stems into 3-inch pieces. Glue end of stem piece to back of a chocolate, and push unglued stem end into foam. Repeat for all chocolates.

  5. Cut the ribbon in half. With half of ribbon, wind it around tree, tucking and spot gluing as you work. With other ribbon half, tie a simple bow in middle of ribbon, and glue bow to top of tree. Let long ribbon tails fall gracefully on table.

    Tie a simple bow with the remaining ribbon and glue it to the top of the tree.
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    Tie a simple bow with the remaining
    ribbon and glue it to the top of the tree.

Fun in the Forrest

Here is a completed Fun in the Forest.
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Here is a completed Fun in the Forest.

These fun holiday decorations would make perfect gifts for your children's teachers -- they probably already have their fill of "world's best teacher" mugs and ornaments. Surprise them, or any of your friends, with something different and original -- something no one else can give them. Apples, stars, or birds, who could resist the whimsical appeal? There are plenty of people on your Christmas list who would just love to receive one! Here's what you will need:
  • 6-inch mini tree; paintbrush; water container; low-temp glue gun, glue sticks

  • Star Tree: 3-inch wood star; 2-inch wood star; 36 assorted wood stars, 3/4 to 1/4 inch; gold acrylic paint

  • Apple Tree: 36 mini red apples; 3-inch wood apple box set; cardinal red acrylic paint; silver mini star garland

  • Bird Tree: 3- to 4-inch birdhouse; assorted small mushroom birds, 1 inch each; 8 bird's nests, 1 inch each; dolphin grey, bright red acrylic paint; small hand drill with ⅛-inch drill bit, small candy canes.
To construct Fun in the Forrest:
  1. Star Tree: Basecoat all stars and base of tree with gold. Apply second coat if needed. Let dry. Glue base of mini tree to 3-inch star.

    Glue the base of the mini tree to the 3-inch star.
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    Glue the base of the mini
     tree to the 3-inch star.

  2. Glue small stars to ends of branches. Larger stars should go toward bottom of tree. Glue 2-inch star to tree top.

  3. Apple Tree: Paint apple box with cardinal red. Let dry.

  4. Remove base of mini tree, leaving only a thick wire at bottom. Apply glue into hole of apple top and insert tree wire. Let dry.

    First, remove the base from the mini tree.
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    First, remove the base from the mini tree.

  5. String mini star garland on tree starting at bottom and ending at top of tree. Glue mini red apples to ends of branches.

    Starting at the bottom, glue the star garland to the tree.
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    Starting at the bottom, glue the
    star garland to the tree.

  6. Bird Tree: Drill a hole at the top center of the birdhouse. Paint body of birdhouse with grey. Paint roof, bottom, and perch with bright red. Let dry.

  7. Remove base of mini tree by twisting base until base pulls free, leaving only a thick wire at bottom. Apply glue into hole at top of birdhouse and insert tree wire. Let dry.

  8. Glue bird's nests and candy canes to ends of branches. Glue mushroom birds to tips of other branches.

    Glue the candy canes to the ends of the branches.
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    Glue the candy canes to the
     ends of the branches.

On the next page, we will learn how to make some more advanced Christmas tree crafts.