I enjoyed creating these DIY tabletop Christmas trees using vintage tart tins and icing cones. I had everything on hand, and most of what I used came from past estate sales. I saw the tart tins and icing cones in my stash one day many months ago, and thought what cute mini Christmas trees they would make with just a little modification, and hubby’s help.
My Beautiful Mini Tabletop Trees
Of course, I forgot to get a photo of the tart tins and icing cones before I started, but here’s the rest of the supplies I used:
- binder twine
- red and green glitter
- 2 paper napkin designs
- pinwheel beads
I commissioned hubby to put the trees together for me. He soldered wire to the tart tins, which went up through the holes in the narrow end of the icing cones, leaving about 1-1/2″ of wire extending from the top. It wasn’t at all flexible, so I studied how to decorate it. I found the pinwheel beads at a recent estate sale. Luckily they fit over the wire, and provided nice color.
The icing cones easily took napkin decoupage using the accepted method:
- separating a 3-ply napkin into the final one-ply with the design
- Matte Mod Podge applied to icing cones first
- Then the paper napkin was applied to that
- As many of us know, it doesn’t work well to apply Mod Podge to the napkin, which too easily tears it.
I was pleased with how it looked, but a little glitter makes everything look more festive! And I took it a step further to glitter the tart tin bases.
But Wait…There’s More to the Story
Now you really don’t know the whole story here. These look perfect now with their round wooden bases. I found out the hard way that my trees needed wooden bases. They were a bit top heavy, even with the lightweight addition of the pinwheel beads. One day recently, the worst happened. One of my trees fell over on the floor, which was open season as far as my DAWG, Leo was concerned. Yes, our one-year old was about to get in on the act.
Here’s our “angel” with one of his favorite toys…a thrifted stuffed animal that he killed a while back. I should mention that he has a basket FULL of toys, but no, he wants whatever I’ve got, whatever I’m working on. Hubby found him with my treasured tart tin mini Christmas tree on the floor that he was about to kill. Horrors!
This is when we realized the trees needed bases. Tragedy avoided.
Here’s a final look at my beloved trees. I really like how they turned out.
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