I am so happy with this real miniature Christmas tree with lights! It was one of those crafts that just popped in my head and turned out better than I had hoped it would. Not only was it super easy to do, but it costs next to nothing to make and the end result is just sooo darn cute.
Isn’t it cool? I can’t wait to make a few more to add to our table décor and depending on what type of branches you use they can last up to a week. The little Christmas tree was made from a Lemon Cypress. It’s such a pretty cypress and it has this amazing lemony scent. Just perfect for the holiday season.
Another reason I’m happy is because this little Christmas tree fits right in with this month’s Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge (IBC). Each month a group of blogging friends from all over the world get together to share a themed project. Last month was all about cotton, so I baked me some cotton-filled, magic mushrooms, which was so much fun 😉 This month we’re all sharing a Christmas craft. Links to my friend’s projects can be found at the bottom of this post. But before we get there let me quickly show you how to make your own real miniature Christmas tree with lights.
What You Need
Did I mention that it’s really easy to make and it only takes a few minutes to put together? All you need are a few branches from a real tree, preferably something from the cypress or fir family. You’ll also need 20 LED cork fairy lights, some string or glue and cardstock.
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How to Make a Real Miniature Christmas Tree with Lights
Measure the cork part of the lights to figure out how tall you Christmas tree should be. Multiply that number by three and cut a few branches to size. Group the branches together to form a tree-ish shape. Depending on what kind of tree you used you’ll need about 3 – 5 branches for each miniature Christmas tree.
Start at the very top of the tallest branch and twist the last bulb on the string of lights around the top. Weave and wrap the lights back and forth across the branches working your way downwards. When you reach the bottom, wrap the string lights a few times around all the branches to secure them.
Tie the branches around the cork with some string. If you prefer you can use a glue gun to glue them on.
Making a Miniature Planter
Since the cork on the string lights isn’t the prettiest I needed to make a little planter to hide it. Easy peasy. Simply cut the cardstock into a long strip that’s as wide as the height of the cork. Roll the cardstock into a tube and stick the ends down.
Slip the cork inside the “planter” and add a little moss or coconut fiber on top if you like. I think the look of the planter so much better than the plastic cork. It finishes it off nicely and it makes the miniature Christmas tree more stable too. And you can just slide the planter up when you want to turn the lights on or off. You can also disguise the battery pack with ice cream sticks 😉
There are so many different ways to display the little Christmas tree. You can make a whole bunch and use them for table decor or put it inside a deep serving tray with a few candles as we did. I love that tray and use it all the time to display miniature vignettes. The real miniature Christmas trees that light up will look good where ever you need a little festive cheer.
I would love to know what you think of the little Christmas tree. Is it something you would make? Or perhaps these macrame Christmas trees are more your style?
And if you like the idea of making a miniature Christmas tree that lights up, please don’t forget to pin it for later.
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Don’t forget to pop over and see what my blogging friends have made for this month’s IBC challenge.
Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week. Thank you for coming to visit.