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Hello everyone! Hope you are well!
Today is the Look for Less Challenge and it’s the final one of the year. And because it’s the last one for 2020 I decided to do something for the holidays!
Remember when I made my farmhouse inspired Dollar Tree Christmas trees back in 2018? Seems like just yesterday…
Well, I figured it was time to do another tabletop Christmas tree DIY from the Dollar Tree but with a new look!
And this one is just as darling…
I was inspired by this one I saw at Ballard Designs:
I thought it was adorable, and a perfect piece to try and recreate. And this time I wanted to make sure I used Dollar Tree items.
First thing I picked up were these gift boxes. They are similar to the ones I used for my Dollar Tree Stocking Hangers
Next, I took some jumbo popsicle sticks and cut them to fit the vertical edges of the box. I used my miter sheers to cut them to size.
They make this job so easy!
I adhered the popsicle sticks to the sides with hot glue. Once I had the vertical pieces in place, I measurde and cut the horizontal ones. One side should look like this:
I repeated this on all sides and once that was done I worked on the “x”.
Once I adhered all of them I painted them with my favorite white chalk paint.
After all sides were dry I used Rustoleum’s aged glaze and rubbed it all over the box with a lint free cloth.
You may remember this glaze from when I recreated a faux wood candlestick look in this video, however, this time I am actually looking to use it as a glaze.
I used a small artist brush in order to get into all of the crevices to create more depth and shadows like the inspiration piece.
Once I painted all the areas in, I wiped the excess off with a clean lint free cloth.
While it was drying I got my little Dollar Tree Christmas tree out.
The inspiration piece had a more full and brown trunk so I added jute around the “trunk” of this one.
I cut individual pieces to use between each of the sets of branches. Then I painted the jute over with brown chalk paint.
Once that was dry, I took some Dollar Tree snow spray and sprayed it outside.
I brought the tree back inside once it was dry and I cut the base of the tree so that it would fit inside of the “crate”. I used pliers and it worked really easy.
Since the tree sat kind of low, I added some floral foam and a piece of wood on the inside of the crate to add height and more stability.
The tree reminds me of the “Charlie Brown” tree since it is a little sparse, but I love it and I hope to make a second one.
Here’s how I did!
This only cost me $3 since I only had to get the tree, box and faux snow, but it would have cost me $7 if I needed to buy all the supplies to make it. Either way it’s a win-win!
Until then… adios!