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How to Make Dollar Store Christmas Trees

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | November 14, 2012 | 76 Comments »

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DIY Trees Under $5 from One Project Closer

I began this Christmas tree endeavor with one really good idea and it snowballed into making MANY trees! No surprise there.

All the trees turned out super cute and, best of all, they were all made for under $5 each and from materials mostly purchased at the Dollar Store! Crazy, huh? So here’s how I made four FAB trees and the number is still growing.

Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree

If you’re a fan of Pinterest, you know that about 6 months ago plastic spoon mirrors were all the rage. A week or two ago I was racking my brain for new and interesting ways to make Christmas trees, and thought of those mirrors. It is my favorite and most unique of the four.

Materials:

  • Cardboard tree form
  • 120 plastic spoons
  • Hot Glue
  • Spray Paint

I bought a two packages of plastic spoons from Target, which wasn’t enough. I ended up going back for more, needing a total of 118 spoons.

Once home from my Target trip, having bought way more than just the spoons, I cut the heads off all the spoons. My kitchen shears, with the little notch in them, worked really well.

I then grabbed some spray paint I already had lying around and sprayed all the spoons, both sides. I think I’ve said this before, but I really hate Krylon spray paint – it sprays uneven and thick. Its nasty and my hands are still covered in it. :( Moral of the story, buy Rustoleum.

I found a bunch of CHEAP cardboard Christmas tree forms at Michael’s for $0.49 each (on sale). I used the taller one for the tree – about 10 inches. While the spoons were drying, I sprayed the paper tree also, in case some shows through.

Once the tree and spoons were dry, I began at the bottom of the tree and started gluing the spoons in rings, working in circles around the tree.

At the top, I glued three together tightly. I thought about adding a star, but decided against it.

Ornament Christmas Tree

This is my second favorite tree I made for a total of $3!! So cheap, but so pretty. I saw an almost identical one at Target, complete with glitter ornaments and red garland in between in the balls for $15. I could believe how simple it was to make.

Materials:

  • Small Ornament Balls
  • Hot Glue
  • Garland
  • Cardboard Tree Form

Sometimes, buying supplies at the Dollar store is not always cheaper, but it totally was in this case. The ornaments were 12 for $1 and the garland was $1. I priced out the same things at Target and both were $3 each – so I saved $6 for two packages of glass balls and one package of garland.

Once armed with my supplies, I took all the little metal tops off the balls…you know the metal thingy that holds the hooks. Yeah, I’m so technical.

I then started gluing the balls on the tree, starting at the bottom and moving upward in circles. Since the balls are so much heavier than the spoons, it was a slower process. I had to hold the balls in place until the glue was firm but not completely dry so they wouldn’t slide.

Also, I found it really helpful to place the balls around the tree, on circle at a time, to test how well the balls would fit. In some cases, I have to really press the balls close together and in other cases they had to be more spread out. Either way, plan first, and then if you glue is still a little soft, you can shift them slightly as needed.

Midway through, I freaked and thought the card board form would show, so I painted it. Turned out that was unnecessary. Skip that part. :)

After all the balls were firmly in place and the glue was dry, I wove the red tree garland in between each of the balls. It was sorta like flossing teeth! lol! It was so easy and looked amazing. I also needed very little glue to hold the garland in place because the balls were so tight together.

Classic Christmas Tree

Growing up, my two siblings and I all had individual Christmas trees we kept in our room through out the Christmas season. It was really special to me and it not sits in my oldest daughter’s room for Christmas. Now that I have two daughters, there is a need for a second tree. While I’m sure small Christmas trees are not that expensive, I made this classic Christmas tree for $1.50!

Materials:

  • Hot Glue
  • Garland
  • Cardboard Tree Form

I bought this Garland from the Dollar Store and while it doesn’t look really great in the package, it looks really wonderful on the tree itself. In these pictures, I chose not to decorate it, but may eventually put lights, mini ornaments, and a topper on it.

Just like the two previous trees, I used my cheapo cardboard form and some hot glue to affix the garland.

I started at the bottom, using hot glue to keep the end in place, and kept winding the garland around the tree, working upwards. As I wound, I pushed the garland downward, to keep it as tight as possible.

I periodically glued some of the garland in place to keep in from moving up the tree. That’s it – crazy simple!

Candy Christmas Tree

This was another cheapo $1.50 tree but super cute. I’ve seen a lot of candy trees on Pinterest and all are adorable. A faithful reader, Carol, also made the suggestion of a peppermint candy tree on Facebook last week. I may end up making some more candy trees, maybe some with and some without the garland. Maybe M&Ms or gumdrops…any suggestions?

Materials:

  • Round Peppermints (or candy of your choosing)
  • Hot Glue
  • Garland
  • Cardboard Tree Form

This was almost an identical process to the ornament ball tree except a lot quicker since the candies are lighter and easier to glue.

I added garland to the tree, but wasn’t sure I was going to do that, so I first painted the tree. Next candy tree, I will probably do it without the garland and just paint the tree form white.

Then, I glued all the candy on, again working in circles upward. BTW, take the wrappers off. It’s a little sticky, but cuter. Another lesson learned from a previous project – Elmer’s glue melts some candies (like Candy Corn), so I stuck with my handy-dandy hot glue.

Once the glue was dry, I laced the garland (still left over from the ornament tree) in between the candies and added a little poof on the top.

And the fab four… They are sitting on my mantel right now, and even though it’s not time to break out the Christmas decor, they are so pretty its hard to take them down.

What do you think? What have you made trees out of? Any suggestions for my next tree?

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76 Responses to How to Make Dollar Store Christmas Trees

  • Amy L responds...
    November 14th, 2012 9:16 am

    inspired! I’ll be trying something like this with my boys this weekend…I’ll send you a photo of how it turns out!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Amy, Please do send pix!!!! I’ll also stalk your FB! lol!

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  • Megan responds...
    November 14th, 2012 9:20 am

    I absolutely love the spoon tree. :)

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Megan!

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  • Naomi responds...
    November 14th, 2012 9:45 am

    Ok Jocie, you are out of control. That’s all I’ve got to say. This is amazing and adorable. I want to make some!!!! Hmmm…. Friday I can get a babysitter :O)

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    Jocie Reply:

    COME OVER! We’ll be home Friday, awaiting your presence!

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  • Katie responds...
    November 14th, 2012 10:22 am

    I love your spoon tree! It looks awesome!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much, Katie!

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  • Danni Baird responds...
    November 14th, 2012 10:53 am

    Wow! Those are all just lovely!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so Much Danni, and thanks for visiting!

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  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles responds...
    November 14th, 2012 11:03 am

    they are all great, can’t choose a favorite! Hmm, what should I try first?

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Sheila! Thanks for visiting!! Let me know if you try any!

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  • Chris Paulis responds...
    November 14th, 2012 11:11 am

    Great ideas! I love the spoon tree!

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  • trebor responds...
    November 14th, 2012 12:20 pm

    I like the spoon tree…looks like tedious work though!

    I’ve wondered…for projects like this (seasonal ones) do you keep them from year to year?

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    Jocie Reply:

    I do keep them year to year, although I didn’t have a lot of decor to start! My family often trades decor through the years, too.

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  • frazzled5 responds...
    November 14th, 2012 2:03 pm

    WOW, these are amazing. I adore the spoons- too too cute

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks Jen, the spoon tree is my fav too. :)

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  • mspaulis responds...
    November 14th, 2012 2:44 pm

    They all look great!

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  • the cape on the corner responds...
    November 14th, 2012 3:17 pm

    that spoon one is killing me!! so great, and so creative!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much and thanks for visiting! Hope to have you back again – we have a link party on friday and will be giving away free ad space. :)

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  • paintergal responds...
    November 14th, 2012 4:09 pm

    Love the spoon tree!

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  • Ellora @ Creatively Southern responds...
    November 14th, 2012 9:47 pm

    I’ve been looking for ideas for DIY Christmas trees and these are fantastic! I love the spoon tree. My fav!! Great job on all of these!

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    Jocie Reply:

    The spoon tree is my fav too! (love your name btw)

    Thanks for visiting! Hope to have you back again – we have a link party on friday and will be giving away free ad space.

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  • Sheryl "Wilderness Wife" Thompson responds...
    November 15th, 2012 8:15 am

    What a great collection of trees and who would have thought that plastic spoons could look so great! Most plastic spoon crafts are kind of tacky but this one is clever and classy! Would love to have you share this with my readers so please stop by and post it on the Wicked Wednesday Blog Party at http://www.wildernesswife.com/?p=1227!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Just linked up!

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  • Eek565 responds...
    November 15th, 2012 8:32 am

    I have a little tree on my desk at work. But I never thought of putting one in my children’s room. What a great idea!

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  • JustME responds...
    November 15th, 2012 11:20 pm

    Jocie, I love them all! I can see how they’d be addicting.

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  • Claire responds...
    November 16th, 2012 10:11 pm

    This tree is fabulous- love it! I am featuring it on my Saturday favorites! Have a great weekend-Claire

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  • Kathy Moody responds...
    November 16th, 2012 10:58 pm

    These are so awesome! Love the spoon tree. :)

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Kathy, Thanks! Saw your a new FB fan – we love new fans…thank you!

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  • calista@ahouseandyard responds...
    November 16th, 2012 11:29 pm

    These are so fun. My fav is the red ball and garland tree.

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hi Callista! You are the first to have the red ball ornament tree as your favorite! Thanks and thanks for visiting!

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  • Tina from A Few Pretty Things responds...
    November 17th, 2012 10:49 am

    The one with the spoons is such a cool idea! They all look great together!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Tina! And thanks for visiting!

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  • Michelle responds...
    November 17th, 2012 1:57 pm

    Love the collection! Easy enough for my daughter to help with too!
    Where did you find cardboard tree forms?

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Michelle! I bought the cardboard tree forms from Michaels, in the back of their Christmas section with the other Christmas crafts. let me know how it goes!

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  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. responds...
    November 18th, 2012 8:47 pm

    What fun and thrifty trees!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks Sharon! Did you get my FB message? We’re not too far from you!! :)

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  • Mel responds...
    November 18th, 2012 11:25 pm

    I love the spoon tree, but they’re all cute

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Mel!

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  • angie responds...
    November 18th, 2012 11:41 pm

    Nice job on all the trees. Boy those plastic spoons are so versatile.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much, Angie!

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  • Shannon responds...
    November 19th, 2012 9:05 am

    I LOVE that spoon tree. How clever! I’d love for you to share this at my link party going on right now:

    http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-weekly-creative-9-and-giveaway.html

    Have a great week!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  • Christine responds...
    November 19th, 2012 7:37 pm

    You are…. AMAZING!!! What a GREAT GREAT post!!!!! LOVE all of the trees!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Christine!

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  • Roeshel responds...
    November 20th, 2012 10:02 pm

    They’re all SO CUTE, Jocie! I don’t know which I like best. I want to try them all! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Roeshel! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  • Wicked Good Wednesday 11-21 | The Wilderness Wife responds...
    November 21st, 2012 9:29 am

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    November 21st, 2012 8:23 pm

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  • Keep Calm and Link Up #16 - Create Craft Love responds...
    November 22nd, 2012 10:00 pm

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  • Christina at I Gotta Create! responds...
    November 23rd, 2012 4:45 pm

    Great ideas Jocie!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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  • Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers responds...
    November 24th, 2012 12:00 am

    Oh my goodness what adorable trees! I am so in love with the spoon tree, so beautiful. I love all of these, you have some fabulous ideas!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Taryn! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  • Susie responds...
    November 25th, 2012 1:32 am

    Your spoon tree got me thinking…
    So tonight, when I slid my grocery store deli pizza into the oven, I snagged the circle of white cardboard, cut it in half, and twisted it into two cones. My son begged me for a bag of pistachios last week, and I just knew I could use the shells for SOMETHING. Ta-da! same basic shape, but smaller, as plastic spoons, and FREE.

    I love how it looks like raw wood, but since I’m not into the woodsy thing anymore, I’ll probably spray paint it.

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    Jocie Reply:

    Susie, what a great idea!!! Can you send me a pic? :)

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  • Jodi responds...
    November 25th, 2012 12:13 pm

    Great work! These are such good ideas. Thank you!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Jodi and thanks for visiting!

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  • Nicole responds...
    November 28th, 2012 10:33 am

    I love these! I’m featuring your post tomorrow. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

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  • Ronda responds...
    November 29th, 2012 9:47 am

    This is awesome. I was looking for a project to do with the teenagers I work with and this spoon tree is perfect. Thanks for the adorable idea!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Ronda! Let me know how it goes!

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  • Nikki responds...
    December 2nd, 2012 12:34 pm

    Awesome projects!

    Where do you get cardboard tree forms/cones?

    Thanks!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Nikki I got them at Michael’s in with their seasonal crafts! :)

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  • Neda Defibaugh responds...
    December 2nd, 2012 1:02 pm

    I hate spray paint on my hands! You can get it off really easy with some olive oil though! I’ve used that to get Krylon off my hands before. And I love that spoon tree, it’s my favorite too!

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    Jocie Reply:

    That’s a great tip, Neda! I’m totally going to try that next time. :)

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  • Chloe Moon responds...
    December 9th, 2012 1:39 am

    Wow that spoon tree is crazy cool!! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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  • Tess Loerts responds...
    November 13th, 2013 2:42 pm

    Just have a quick question about the cardboard trees. You said you got them at Michaels? Know of any other place to get them? I live out in the country and it’s about 45 minutes to town and, of course, no Michaels. ;) Thanks

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  • Diane responds...
    December 22nd, 2013 2:32 pm

    I did that when my kids were little too. And, the deal was, they could have whatever was under their little tree whenever they woke up Christmas morning. A Rice Krispie treat, a Hardy Boys book for my son, a magazine for my daughter. It was a special treat and gave this swing shift working mommy a few extra winks. My kids are in their 40s now and I still put up that a little tree somewhere in the house. They always love to tell others that story.

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    Diane Reply:

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