How to restyle a simple faux pine mini Christmas tree that comes with the standard burlap wrapped base.
In the sea of same-ness that happens in the decorating world, I always strive to do my own thing, hence the reason behind the name of my blog. When out shopping it seems that every store sells the same stuff. You also see it in magazines and yes… on blogs… trends take over and everyone, even me, likes to get on board for fear of missing out or just to fit in.
Originality is lost. This is the case with a simple mini faux pine Christmas tree that comes with the standard burlap wrapped base. It is bought, fluffed and placed on a mantel or table. I have a few of these trees and decided I wanted to add my own style to their mass merchandised appeal to make them truly unique to me.
I am sure you have seen or perhaps you even have a few of these very inexpensive faux mini Christmas trees in your holiday decorating stash.
Mini Christmas Tree Base Styling Hack
These are classic and look very nice with certain decorating styles and are perfect if you like burlap. But what if burlap is not your thing? I fit into this category. I am just not into it but I do like to decorate my house for the holidays with the mini Christmas trees.
I had to get the creative side of my brain fired up to come up with an easy way to style these trees in a way that would also fit my style.
How to Restyle the Burlap Base on a Mini Christmas Tree
- Open and clean out the can.
- Use a piece of sandpaper over the surface to remove the ink date that may be stamped on the can and any glue residue. This also will give the metal a bit of texture and shine.
3. Remove burlap from mini tree base to expose a round of concrete.
4. Place base in can.
5. Cover top with shredded moss or one of these filler options: jingle bells, buttons, shredded gift wrap (DIY this by placing paper in your paper shredder), rice, and moss are just a few things that pop into my mind.
I like the metal base, it resembles galvanized metal. If bare metal isn’t your thing, then how about spray painting the can a color that coordinates with your decor. Try one of these fabulous colors of spray paint for instant color and pop of modern style.
More Options to Cover Metal Can
Here are a few other variations you can do to add your own style to the base. Use spray glue to cover it with fabric, gift wrap, ribbon, glitter, decorative paper, or chalkboard paint.
Here is What I Did to the Bases on This Trio of Mini Christmas Trees:
- Use spray glue over can and add glitter. Once glitter is dry, use hot glue to add a wide ribbon.
- Spray can with chalkboard paint. Once dry, write on can with chalk.
- Cover the can with paper and glitter. I used my French Script free printable. You can get it here: Free Printable French Script Paper
To fill can and cover the concrete base, I shredded black and white gift wrap in my paper shredder.
I covered these using black and white theme, but what colors would go nicely with your holiday decorating style?
Another paint option is to paint the can to resemble zinc.
With some craft paint and a brush it is easy to do. Here is a tutorial on how to do it: How to Paint Metal to Look Like Zinc
Simply keep the cans plain or add any color and style you want. That is the best part of DIY’ing… you get to be a designer.
Have you changed anything on mass-merchandised decor to make it better fit your personal style of decorating?