It’s the holiday season, and it’s time to decorate your home with festive items. But if you are looking for a unique decoration that will really stand out this year, try making your own unique upcycled sweater miniature Christmas tree. This DIY project is so easy to make but will have everyone in awe of your creativity when they see it on display.
Sweater Miniature Christmas Tree
When it comes to Christmas DIY and crafts, there are a lot to choose from. But many seem like "the same ol' same ol'" When you want something different, this Sweater Miniature Christmas Tree is great decoration. Make one for home or make them as gifts. This is even basic enough that it is something that you will love to display year after year.
Miniature trees are one of our favorite ways to decorate. If you like them as much as we do, then you might want to check out this huge list of festive mini Christmas tree decoration ideas!
What Can I Use for the Tree Leaves?
Making the leaves of this tree is very easy. You can use almost anything you might have on hand. An old shirt or sweater that you no longer wear can be cut up into the leaves. You can also use leftover fabric from another project. Other crafting materials can be used as well, like fake fur or felt. Even things like leftover carpets can be used to make the leaves.
If you do not have some of these materials around the house, you can visit a local thrift store to look for old clothes to use. This is an inexpensive way to get sweaters to use for the project. For the most eco-friendly choice, use sweaters that have holes or stains that others might overlook when they are shopping for clothes.
What Is The Best Base For My Mini Christmas Tree?
When you are making this mini Christmas tree you want to use a solid base. The base can be anything that will stand up well and has a solid base. For my Christmas tree, I am using a wood slice that I have glued a dowel rod to.
You can use anything similar. It can be a hard piece of plastic or you can even use a sturdy piece of cardboard. Another option might even be to use jewelry hangers or doll holders and simply remove the pieces that jet outwards.
How Can I Customize This Fabric Mini Tree?
You can easily customize this fabric mini tree. Besides using whatever kind of fabric you have or want to use, you can also add other things to the tree. Below are a few great ideas that can really jazz up the tree to make it look unique!
- Add mini ornaments to the tree.
- String mini lights around the tree. If doing this just be careful if lighting them that they are not left unattended.
- Spray with glitter spray or fake snow.
- Glue on sequins, beads, or rhinestones as ornaments.
- Add a miniature star or angel to the top of the tree.
- Glue the wood slice to a piece of cardboard or scrap wood and then add a miniature tree skirt around the base. Add presents, miniature reindeer, or similar items to make it look like a real tree scene.
Anything you can add to larger trees, you can replicate on your smaller tree.
How Should I Display My Miniature Christmas Tree?
This mini tree craft can be displayed anywhere in your house. You can place it on the mantle or on shelves around the room. Another fun idea is to make them in different sizes and colors to create a little tree forest as a holiday display.
I also like seeing these as part of a winter village scene or even around a Christmas train if you have one in your holiday decorations. You could even put this as part of a centerpiece on the dining table or side table with a few mini presents around the base.
- White paper
- Sweater or felt
- Wood slice
- Pen or pencil
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
How to Make a Mini Christmas Tree from an Upcycled SweaterOn a piece of paper, trace a curved edge to create a curved bottom triangle.
Cut along this edge then roll the paper into a cone shape and glue or staple to attach and secure.
Using an old sweater, blanket, fabric, or felt, cut small triangles of the fabric. Depending upon the size of the tree, you may need between 40 to 100 of these.
Place the paper cone on a table or over a cup and begin at the bottom gluing the triangles of fabric in place so the points are facing the bottom and the flat edges are facing upwards.
Continue around the cone gluing in place in layers until the entire cone is covered in the fabric.
Glue a dowel into the center of a wood slice.
Slide the tree over the top of the dowel. Add glue to secure at the top of the dowel if desired.
Decorate the tree if wanted then display!
More Christmas Craft Ideas
If you want more ideas to add to your holiday decor, there are tons of ideas we have used and shared in the past that you can choose from. Below are a few of my favorites to get you started. Bookmark these ideas, print out the tutorials, or pin them to a Christmas Pinterest board to make soon!
- Gold Ornament Ring Mini Christmas Tree
- Mini North Pole Street Light Christmas Decoration
- DIY Giant Lollipop Christmas Decoration
- Giant Holly Berry and Leaf Christmas Decoration
- On a piece of paper, trace a curved edge to create a curved bottom triangle.
- Cut along this edge then roll the paper into a cone shape and glue to attach and secure.
- Using an old sweater, blanket, fabric, or felt, cut small triangles of the fabric. Depending upon the size of the tree, you may need between 40 to 100 of these.
- Place the paper cone on a table or over a cup and begin at the bottom gluing the triangles of fabric in place so the points are facing the bottom and the flat edges are facing upwards.
- Continue around the cone gluing in place in layers until the entire cone is covered in the fabric.
- Glue a dowel into the center of a wood slice.
- Slide the tree over the top of the dowel. Add glue to secure at the top of the dowel if desired.
- Decorate the tree if wanted then display!
Use felt, fabric, scrap material, an old sweater, or even burlap to make your tree unique!
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Finished Project Gallery
You can use felt, fabric, or any scrap material to make your own unique tree.
It's easy to update it with mini ornaments or even some fake lights!