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The Best DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree Ideas – Pillarboxblue

Christmas trees are one of my favourite decorations. Every year I make myself at least two Christmas trees. A big upcycled tree to hang my Christmas ornaments from and smaller DIY tabletop Christmas trees for the mantle or dining table.

I really enjoy making the little tabletop Christmas trees and often make a whole forest of them. Some of the really cute ones I display all year round, such as my embroidered Scandi felt forest and my sweater felt Christmas trees.

43 tabletop Christmas tree decorations

What to Use To Make DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Many of the mini Christmas trees I make myself are from upcycled materials such as my favourite scrap wood, denim, old fabrics and old maps. There is something satisfying about upcycling everyday stuff around you into a beautiful Christmas decoration.

By using upcycled materials for your crafted tabletop trees you can also feel a little smug, that you are being environmentally friendly. As well as saving money too!

Most of the DIY tabletop Christmas trees start off with a basic cone shape. Some crafters buy these already made in cardboard or polystyrene from their local craft shop. But it’s just as easy to make your own out of old cardboard packaging.

To make a cardboard cone all you need is a quarter of a circle of card. The cardboard bases you get with frozen pizzas are perfect for this.

Making cardboard cone

Other natural and free resources can be used for the trunks of the tabletop trees, such as small twigs, wine corks and wood slices for the base.

The collection of DIY tabletop trees below use a range of upcycled materials, including, old books, buttons, sea glass, pebbles, scrap fabric, paint swatches, glass, twine and even cereal boxes. There is even a collection of mini trees made from one old China plate.

Hopefully, you will find a tabletop Christmas tree idea that will inspire you to make your own.

If you like big upcycled and crafted Christmas trees as well as these cute mini ones. Then you might want to check out these ones on Pillarboxblue, rustic lampshade Christmas tree, branch Christmas tree and wood slice tree.

mini Christmas tree diys

I also have a fantastic collection of upcycled alternative Christmas trees, that are large enough to hang decorations on and too big for the tabletop.

I have a great tutorial on how to paint a Christmas tree, it is a lot easier than you think!

Amber Strong

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

I absolutely adore these! So many great ideas for Christmas Table Top decor! And thank you for featuring my Chippy Christmas Tree! It was so fun being apart of this round-up! So much inspiration!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

They were lovely tabletop trees, thanks for letting me show them.


Friday 6th of November 2020

What a fabulous round up of Christmas inspiration Claire... love all of these trees!! Thank you for sharing this post at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your tabletop Christmas tree ideas at tonight's party and pinning too. Hugs, Kerryanne

Claire Armstrong

Friday 6th of November 2020

Thank you, Kerryanne. That is awesome, I look forward to seeing them.


Thursday 5th of November 2020

Thanks for including my wire trees! They are some of my favorite decorations to pull out every year :) So many other good (and achievable) ideas here. I'm brainstorming denim decor over here. This year's theme is going blue. Do I dare make a denim tree skirt?

Claire Armstrong

Friday 6th of November 2020

Thank you, they are lovely trees. A denim tree skirt sounds like an awesome idea!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

These are beautiful! I like them all so thanks for sharing the inspiration. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Thank you 😊

Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Great list of tabletop Christmas tree ideas. There are so many cute ones to choose from!

Thanks for linking up with us at the Embracing Home and Family linkup party!


Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Thank you, they do make a fun decor. I love a forest of mini trees on the mantle this time of year.