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You already know I love Christmas and I go all out decorating.
I am about to share with you a DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree in a Bucket that is Under $5 to create.
In fact, it’s even less than $5 because you can use ‘other’ items in your home and may not need to buy much at all!
Coincidentally, this project is a tad eco-friendly as it upcycles and recycles, while also using a few store-bought items.
When you make this DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree in a bucket, consider making multiple.
Why? Because a set of three looks 3x as nice and gifting a tabletop Christmas tree in a bucket is chic.
Also, these are great hostess gifts and they definitely bring the holiday spirit with you.
Get ready because the secret store where you will be heading is not so secret. The lines are always huge and the products vary.
What you don’t ever have to worry about is anything being over $1 and some change.
You will need about 5 minutes to create this project from start to finish and it will last for years.
Cheers to the holidays, and let’s get started making this easy to create tabletop tree so you can begin enjoying it.
DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree in A Bucket Under $5
SO here’s my story, fast, simple and short.
I’ve been eying up a lot of these galvanized Christmas trees in a bucket.
A few years back, we had a small live one, but, I have to be honest, I did not want to care for it year-round.
In fact, I believe the beauty of the season is in enjoying the decor then and packing it away for the following year.
It’s not as special if you have that decor up all year round, and it seems to take away from the season.
Because I can’t get galvanized and Christmas Tree out of my mind when I see them together, I don’t want real.
Your opinion might vary, then, of course, this project is not for you.
We are Headed TO The Dollar Tree to Gather Our Products for a DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree
Yeah, the Dollar Tree. Not a store I mention a lot because it’s great for oddities and pretty much my go-to for seasonal ‘extras.’
Generally, I stick to the front of the Dollar Tree to get what I need and get out. Those lines build fast and I don’t want to be in them.
Seasonal is upfront, but they’ve gotten better at really hiding stuff in the back of the store.
Traditionally, I could walk in, gather my stuff at the SEASONAL section and be gone.
However NOW, I have to traverse through ALL the aisles because seasonal is on end caps, by the freezers, in the middle, it’s everywhere.
Mind you, this has all paid off rather well, as I have gotten to be more acquainted with the store.
Now, my mind sails when I begin to think of great DIY projects and alternate stores.
I’ll say this, 2 other very popular crafting and art supplies stores are triple the price even with coupons.
What I’ve learned is that seasonal, it’s NOT worth the difference in money. Storage takes its toll on everything after a while.
Trust me, these will last and they look fantastic.
The They Look Fantastic – DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees in a Bucket
Remember I mentioned before that you should craft more than one of these? I did.
Yes, it will be about $10 for 3 but, truth be told, I love the Triple Look.
Consider putting these together across a table, a ledge or on a fireplace.
Additionally, if you make 3, you can take one with you as you travel around for a hostess gift.
Make one or make many, this is fast and easy, so let’s get on with the materials and how-to.
Dollar Tree Purchases (Remember I made three)
A 15 pack of small ornaments. (keep the tube they are in)
Holiday Tree (3 if you are making three)
1 package of holiday garland drape (or a used white dishcloth you have since retired. )
Ice Bucket (3 if you are making 3)
Tools You Will Need
Hot Glue Gun
Glue For Gun
Covered Work Surface (Glue issues)
Sparkle Pip Cleaners (optional) or Tree Ornament Hangers or Paper Clips
Unbox those trees. Then, make sure to take the time to carefully spread the branches.
That’s the difference-maker in this DIY. Make the trees look right and you will love the end result.
Take the ice bucket and set the tree you opened branch by branch into the CENTER of the bucket.
Does it look great? It should, but we are going to now Balance the tree.
Open the tube of ornaments and set it up right next to the ice bucket.
Using Scissors cut it just a bit shorter than the ice bucket.
Place the tree inside the tube. Now take the tree out of the tube. Next, fasten the tube to the interior of the bucket with hot glue.
Allow to set up for a minute. Then replace tree into the tube.
Using Scissors, cut a piece of the sparkling garland drape to wrap around the interior bucket tree base.
However, you can use the tube to keep the wrap up so you won’t need as much.
TIPS FOR Sparkle WHITE Cloth
TIP: If you only want to cover with the white garland sparkle cloth pack the bottom with retailer plastic bags scrunched about. Then top off with the garland sparkle cloth. You will need less this way and ONE pack will be more than enough.
Other Tip: For those making THREE trees. Cut the garland sparkling drape into 1/3’s and use 1/3 per tree.
Once the tree is in the tube, covered with garland sparkle cloth in the bucket, trim it.
Don’t be overly-generous with bulbs. I suggest alternating colors and using sparkle pipe cleaners for ties to secure bulbs.
For the tube of 15 (if using 3 trees) use no more than 5 bulbs per tree. It’s a tabletop tree not the focus tree in the home.
The idea is for the tree to welcome the season and keep spirit bright without detracting from all other decor.
Simple is great. I had some small velvet bows (you can buy those at the dollar tree too) already in the house.
Instead of ‘star-topping’ the tree, I decided to bow top the tree and kept it very simple.
Next, place on a ledge, or table or of course gift.
Make the DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree in A Bucket OverviewFrom start to finish this craft took me 5 minutes maximum. The longest part of the crafting was branch straightening.
Branches make the difference in the ‘sparse’ look, yet keep it simply sophisticated.
You don’t need galvanized buckets to make the look, nor do you need to spend much.
However, the return on your small time and small spend to provide a brighter ambiance for the holidays.
Why I Love This Holiday DIY – Upcycling & Recycling
Additionally, instead of tossing out the plastic tubing from the ornaments, you upcycle it right into the craft.
Further, if you want to be more eco-friendly, using the plastic bags inside of the bucket to be able to use less garland drape sparkly cloth is perfect.
For those that want to really dive more into eco-friendly, using an old retired, dishcloth is the perfect way to reuse and upcycle.
Truly an inexpensive DIY tabletop Christmas Tree in a bucket to create as compared to many alternatives out there for triple the price. ~ Dana XO