When I found this red “thing” in the toy section at Dollar Tree I really wasn’t sure what it was. Several of them were piled in an unmarked box. I thought they kind of looked like vases, so I bought one with a vague idea of what to do with it.
When I took it apart to spray paint, the shape reminded me of the cone Christmas trees I keep seeing everywhere. So, I shifted gears and went for a mod holiday craft. Inspired by Dollar Store Craft’s awesome polka dot pumpkins, I created a bright, funky tree to decorate my mantle.
- Red plastic vase toy
- Acrylic paint
- Glue dots, assorted sizes
- Cardboard or plastic tube
Step 1: Take the two pieces apart and paint. I used Deco Art’s Kiwi Green acrylic paint.
Step 2: Put various size glue dots all over the tree.
Step 3: Cover the glue dots with glitter. (I used Dollar Tree glitter).
Step 4: Glue a tube into the base to hold the tree together. I recycled an ornament tube that was the perfect size, but I could have also cut a paper towel tube to size.
I used an old dryer sheet to wipe the excess glitter off my finished project. Since I have 4 kids who will want to manhandle play with the tree, I sealed it with a finishing spray from Krylon.
I love how cheery and hip my tree decor is, and it matches the blue and green accents I have in my living room. Just a few more projects till my mantle is complete. Fingers crossed that it’s all done before Christmas!