I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my extra tree trimmings. I usually get trimmings from our life Christmas tree. Most years we have to cut off a few lower branches to make our tree fit in the tree stand, and I end up saying those branches for trimming projects. If you don’t get a live tree, places like Home Depot and Lowe’s throw extra branches out. You can ask if you can have their scraps!
Mini trees seem to be all the rage right now! You can find them everywhere! Since I have so much extra trimming this year, I decided to try and make mini trees of my own using things I already had at home. Feel free to substitute different items for this project that you have at home, this is just what I had on hand.
- white chalk paint, I used THIS
- Tree trimmings
- Floral foam
- Empty and clean cans (labels removed)
- assorted ribbon
- Hot glue and gun
- Mod podge
- “snow” mix: Epsom salt (HERE) and extra fine white glitter (HERE)
- paint brushes
- Optional: Shears
Step 1: Chalk paint cans
Start my painting the cans with white chalk paint. This will give you a white base to start from. Without doing this, the metallic shine will shine through the ribbon. I did two coats of chalk paint!
Step 2: Floral Foam
Turn the can upside down and place it on top of your floral foam block. Firmly push down so the can cuts the foam, similar to a cookie cutter. When you have pushed the can completely through the foam, gently pull up on the can. The foam should now be inside the can with a perfect fit. I suggest using cans that don’t have a lip, it makes this process a lot easier. Check my instagram stories for an example of a can with a lip.
Step 3: Snow Mix
In a small bowl or cup, mix 1 cup Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons fine glitter. This is your “snow” mixture. I used my leftover snow mix from THIS DIY a couple of weeks ago.
Using a foam paint brush, paint a thin layer of mod podge on top of the floral foam. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle a thick layer of the snow mixture on top of the glue. Shake the excess. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Ribbon
Hot glue ribbon to the outside of the painted can. You want to make sure you are covering all of the metal can. Feel free to be simple here and use one type of ribbon, or get wild and use several types of ribbon and twine.
Step 5: Trimmings
Lastly, gather around 3-4 tree trimmings. I like to use one larger branch and then several small branches around it. See the picture below for a visual to this. Carefully push the branches through the foam so they are standing up like a mini tree!
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