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How To Craft A Shabby Chic Tabletop Christmas Tree.

Prep Time10 mins
Active Time1 hr 30 mins
Additional Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: DIY with Dana
Yield: 1 Shabby Chic Tabletop Christmas Tree
Author: dana vento


  • Dowel Rod 36" Cut to 2 Feet
  • Metallic Bow With Wire rose gold, or your choice
  • 1 " Ornaments- 2" ornaments Mixed 58 TotaL silver, pearl, gold, rose gold, sparkle silver, and sparkle rose gold
  • Mini Ornaments 12 pack $1
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1 Large 2-3" bulb *top
  • Styro Base 1/2 circle at dollar stores


  • Place cut dowel rod with a drop of hot glue into the styrofoam base directly in middle.
    dowel rod and styrofoam + 8 bulbs around base
  • Next, begin with 8 large ornaments, lining color as you choose around the base.
  • Using the ornament top, push into the styrofoam.
  • Pull back out and apply hot glue then push back in and hold to set.
  • Repeat the process for the other 7 bulbs on this row.
  • Next change to 6 bulbs either all solid colors or mixing depending on the look you want to style.
    6 bulbs around dowel rod
  • Stack these setting on the edge of the others more towards the outside of the tree.
  • Glue one at a time and make sure to GLUE in between as well.
  • Space and arrange once glued and still not set.
  • Repeat onto the next layer.
  • Before moving on, I suggest dressing the dowel rod, you may see it, so use an iridescent bow and lightly yet tightly affix to the dowel with glue and then move on.
    irridescent bow around dowel rod to cover
  • I even added a few sparkle pipe cleaner, but I should have just done all bow, it's easier
  • Now, Then move to create 3 rows of 5 bulbs.
  • Play with the setup to make it all even and rounded out.
  • You want to be thinning the tree as you move up, just like a real tree, you are working to a point
  • Next 2-3 rows of (4 bulbs ) depending on the size you used below.
  • If you used 1" bulbs you will be creating 3 rows, if you used larger bulbs you will have just 2 rows of 4.
  • Then a row of 3 and 2 bulbs until you are at the top.
  • Affix the largest bulb you have to the top of the rod with glue.
    largest bulb glued on top of the dowel rod tree
  • Then fill beneath it to fill it in with vase filler ornaments.
  • Once you are done with the bulbs, it is time to fill the between the bulbs.
  • Simply cut the wide iridescent bow into a 4" strip.
    cutting irridescent wide bow for filler between bulbs
  • Cut that in half again, now you have 2 pieces.
  • Take one piece and twist it a bit, like you are making a bow.
  • In the center, apply some hot glue and press it between any open spot on the tree.
  • Repeat this over and over until the tree looks like iridescent burlap is filling any open cavities without OVERDOING it.
    filled with bow but not overdone
  • Don't forget to also cover the base (styrofoam with a bit of the iridescent bow as well, just using enough hot glue to coat without over-doing or letting it drip on the base or it won't stand straight.
  • Let this all set up for about an hour and then you can gift and use it immediately.
    How To Craft A Shabby Chic Tabletop Christmas Tree. An Elegant and Easy DIY.