Everyday we’re feeling more and more of the Christmas spirit, and thinking about Christmas decorating. It’s always fun to come up with a creative idea for making something new to add to the decorations that you already have. This little holly and berry tree is perfect for anyone who has a porch or outdoor covered area – it would even be great indoors for a tabletop centerpiece.
This decorative tree is fairly easy to put together. It is made up of a 12” green styrofoam cone, silk holly bushes with red berries (5 in all), a ceramic dish (it is actually a Christmas snowflake baking dish from Hobby Lobby), and cream and gold colored accent picks (5 in all).
The holly bushes were cut apart to make picks to create the holly tree. The picks were inserted into the cone with a dab of glue at the insertion point from the glue gun. The parts with the berries were the main picks, and the lower leaves of the stems were used to make the tree full and to help cover the cone.
How It All Came Together
The first thing we did was to glue the bottom of the cone to the inside bottom of the dish. To get it to fit, we had to trim a bit off the bottom of the cone so that it would be in full contact with the bottom of the ceramic dish.
Using a cone helps to create the pyramidal tree shape, along with not inserting the lower picks as far into the cone as the upper picks. The hot glue is pretty important in helping to keep everything just where you want it to stay.
Placing all the picks with the berries into the cone first helps you to see if you like the arrangement before securing them with the glue. After doing that, it was easy to add the filler stems to hide the cone.
The accent picks were inserted into the cone, and wah-lah you’re finished!
We love the traditional Christmas theme of this little tree.