• DIY Fresh Mini Christmas Trees (from Tree Lot Scraps!)


    When we go to Christmas tree lots I’m often found trailing behind the family with my eyes scanning the ground for the perfect pieces of flat, cut tree stumps and greenery like a crazed 5am Black Friday shopper. This time as I climbed into the car a few minutes after the rest of the family Jared rolled his eyes and knew exactly what I was up to, “craft project”. BINGO. You know me too well. I love using free, salvaged greenery to make home decor and these mini trees do not disappoint! They’re hanging out on our mantle and bookcases, making the perfect little Christmas forest.

    DIY mini fresh christmas trees

    Here’s how we made them…

    DIY mini trees

    Supplies: Tree trimmings (really any type), tree trunk stumps or wooden flat disks (at the tree lots as well, ask if you don’t see them–they’re usually just in a pile by the chainsaws), hot glue gun


    Step 1: The holes in the tree stumps were much larger than the diameter of the branches so we stuffed a few pieces of bark in there first.

    DIY mini trees

    Step 2: Place your trimmings branch in the hole and fill with hot glue. Hold the branch upright and steady while it dries for a minute or so.

    DIY mini trees

    That’s it! Decorate your forest with mini reindeer (we gave ours a pom pom Rudolph nose) and colorful bottle brush trees.

    Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sarah Iveson and Sara Albers


    1. Kathleen Gilday said… December 23, 2014 3:46 pm

      These are so beautiful and resourceful. I love that they are from nature, from “scraps” – PERFECT!

    2. Megan said… December 22, 2014 8:40 pm

      I am so happy that I have stumbled across this! May I ask exactly what kind of tree branches you used? I have tried it but it is not the same as the gorgeous ones you have created! Please share!!

    3. Liz M said… December 21, 2014 3:57 pm

      I am a new fan! What an adorable and clever idea!!! Way to go!

    4. Amber Vaughn said… December 21, 2014 2:35 pm

      I need major help. I threw out our fake tree last year because it was very old & wore out. My husband didn’t want me to. I wanted to make sure I got a new one this year. Well, here it is Dec. 21 and no tree. He doesn’t like real ones. But I have to have a tree mainly because of my kids. So I went over to my neighbors house & got permission to see if I could find one and cut it down. He said yes. The only thing I could find was a very little branches on it. It was the best one for what I could find. I need to fill in quite a lot of spaces. What would any suggest how to fill it in. Its small and not very strong. Any suggestions, any one. My email address is angel0577@live.com. I am desperate.

    5. Linda Masabny said… December 21, 2014 1:40 pm

      I mean, c’mon. This is so simply genius! I am going to make these to sit at place settings for my garden club…love, love! Thanks!

    6. Maggie said… December 20, 2014 7:34 pm

      Do you feel like a genius, you genius?

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    8. Morgan said… December 10, 2014 5:16 pm

      This is genius!! I also collect all of the stump scraps and can’t wait to try this out.

    9. Brittany said… December 10, 2014 12:36 pm

      This is such a clever and amazing idea. Organic and refurbished crafting. I love it!

    10. Hannah S said… December 10, 2014 11:46 am

      This is such a clever idea! Our apartment is too small for a tree so I have been just putting up little lights to decorate but this would be perfect, festive and not crowd our space too much. Thanks!

    11. Jordan said… December 10, 2014 11:05 am

      LOVE this idea, I need exactly this for my desk! Where can I get those wood disks? Were they the coasters on the table decor post?? Too cute.

      • k said… December 10, 2014 11:20 am

        they are from the tree lot – the tree lots cut off the bottom of the tree when someone buys it – there are piles of these near the chainsaws in the staging lot.

        • Liz Stanley said… December 10, 2014 11:22 am

          Yup! What K said! They cut them off the trees when you buy them so they’re just hanging around the lots

    12. Susan said… December 10, 2014 9:00 am

      What the what?! This is too cute! I’m totally going to try this project.

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