November 22, 2011

Upcycled MIni Christmas Trees

Ok, drumroll is number two of my "mini series" of Christmas tree to display in your home!   I am going to have a mini forest!

If you missed my first whimsical paper tree made from a Land of Nod catalog, click here to view. I'm proud to say these trees were made using mostly upcycled and natural materials-Izze bottle caps, wine corks and reindeer moss.

My inspiration for these all started with my collection of Izze bottle caps. If you've never had an Izze, you are missing out on the most perfectly refreshing bubbly fruit juice with the cutest little bottles and caps I can't throw away (and no, they are not paying me to write this! )

I love collecting the caps because of the pretty flower shape on them. I have used them on frames and chalkboards I thought they would be fun as ornaments on my tree.

I also have this wine cork collection I've been using in different projects. I thought they would be perfect for the bases of the trees. I used three together to help keep the trees steady. Do you want to get started on your Christmas forest like mine? Here's what you'll need:

  1. floral foam cone
  2. glue gun
  3. reindeer moss (I used two different colors)
  4. bottle caps (I used Izze)
  5. wine corks (three for each tree)
  6. ribbon
  7. tulle
  8. small jingle bells (I used three)
  9. scissors

Pull out small pieces of the moss at a time and glue, covering the cone completely. 

Apply glue around edge of one bottle cap at a time, press firmly into the cone.

Cut several pieces of ribbon and tulle a few inches long. 
Knot together and glue to top of tree. Glue three jingle bells to top.

Glue three corks together. Glue them to base of tree. 

I love how these turned out-- they go along with my childlike, whimsical theme this year and I can't wait to decorate for Christmas! Are you excited to see tree number three? Stay tuned later this week! Thanks for reading and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. So cute! I love Izze, too. What a great way to repurpose those caps.

  2. These are adorable!! I'd love for you link up this post and any other Christmas-related projects to the 26-Day Christmas Craft Marathon Linky Party!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Lisa's Craft Blog

  3. So cute. I love the button use. I have so darn many and I never know what to do with all of them.

  4. I love this!! Those buttons are bottle caps? Genius!! They are adorable!!

  5. That is the cutest mini tree I have seen! Great job!!!

  6. What a cute idea!! I love mini christmas trees!

  7. They look great!! Would love for you to share these and your other fabulous projects at our Shine on Friday party going on now.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, inviting you to share your project with us at
    Have a fabulous shopping weekend.

  9. These are SO sweet and I LOVE projects that recycle and upcycle! So much better (and prettier) than relegating to our landfields. The bottle caps have the perfect graphic appeal for this project.

  10. SO SO CUTE! I am so inspired! I need a few more trees more Christmas village and I am so going to make them just like these! I would love for you to share these with our readers at our 4th Friday Finale at Over the Big Moon!


  11. These are so cute and creative - I recognized the Izze caps right I know what to do with all the ones I've already collected ;)

    Love all your projects - following now!

  12. How sweet are these?!? What a great use of around the house junk! I'd be thrilled to have you come down and link up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


  13. These are A D O R A B L E .. Love them..: )) Great turn out : ))

  14. these look so cute come see me at and see what I shared

  15. Very cute! I like the wine corks for the bases, its an unexpected touch of whimsy. Im your newest follower from Can't Stop Crafting

  16. Super cute! So glad you linked up with us!


  17. These are adorable!! I ♥ them!!

    thank you for sharing.

    New follower from the link up.

  18. Love it so I pinned it. Hope you can share your creativity, too, at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  19. These are way cute too! Thanks again for partying with us at Show & Share!

  20. So sweet! And, I love the Izze bottle caps, what a great idea. Thank you for creating with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Sharon

  21. These are so perfect and cute. Love the moss!!

    I'd love for you to share this project on Inspiration Friday at Simply Christmas

  22. These are soo cute I'm putting them up on my blogs facebook and twitter page today!


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