How to Make a Mini Christmas Tree Using Recyclable Materials

Mini Christmas Tree Using Recycled Materials.  Image by Chin chin
Mini Christmas Tree Using Recycled Materials. Image by Chin chin

Recycled Art for the Holidays

Using recycled materials for making art and craft projects is a good thing. It helps to lessen the non-biodegradable materials that are thrown away. It is understandably cheaper and it's always nice to make something creative out of things that most people just dispose of.

In this hub, I will be sharing two simple ways to make mini Christmas trees using recyclable materials. Why make a Christmas tree? Well, I'm fond of this iconic Christmas decoration since I was little. The beautiful tree ornaments and colorful twinkling lights make it a real delight to behold.

The mini Christmas trees are perfect as tabletop decors. You can place them in your living room center table or side table. You can also make them in different sizes to fit your preference.

Making these holiday crafts is easy, although it would take more time to do the first mini Christmas tree (photo above). So, let's begin.

Materials for the Mini Christmas Tree #1

Items
Quantiy
Description
Yakult bottle or yogurt drink bottle
2
empty and cleaned
Used String
1-2 meters
green, made of plastic straw
glittered foam paper or colored paper and glitters
 
different colors, can use scraps only
Glue stick and glue gun
1
use this with care
Scissors
1
 
blunt stick
1
 
ribbon or yarn
 
leftover yarns or recyclable ribbons
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Pic #1: Straw (string), scraps of glittered foam paper, glue stick and glue gunPic #2: Empty yogurt drink bottlesPic #3. Cut out the yogurt bottle into three parts - top, middle and bottomPic #4: Yogurt bottle cut outs glued togetherPic #5: Form a cone from the middle part of the yogurt bottlePic #6: Glue the cone to the top of the assembled yogurt bottlePic #7: Cut the green straw to about 1-inch longPic #8: Sticking the straw to the bottlePic #9: Gold star Christmas tree topper
Pic #1: Straw (string), scraps of glittered foam paper, glue stick and glue gun
Pic #1: Straw (string), scraps of glittered foam paper, glue stick and glue gun
Pic #2: Empty yogurt drink bottles
Pic #2: Empty yogurt drink bottles
Pic #3. Cut out the yogurt bottle into three parts - top, middle and bottom
Pic #3. Cut out the yogurt bottle into three parts - top, middle and bottom
Pic #4: Yogurt bottle cut outs glued together
Pic #4: Yogurt bottle cut outs glued together
Pic #5: Form a cone from the middle part of the yogurt bottle
Pic #5: Form a cone from the middle part of the yogurt bottle
Pic #6: Glue the cone to the top of the assembled yogurt bottle
Pic #6: Glue the cone to the top of the assembled yogurt bottle
Pic #7: Cut the green straw to about 1-inch long
Pic #7: Cut the green straw to about 1-inch long
Pic #8: Sticking the straw to the bottle
Pic #8: Sticking the straw to the bottle
Pic #9: Gold star Christmas tree topper
Pic #9: Gold star Christmas tree topper

Instructions for Making the Mini Christmas Tree #1

1. Cut out the two yogurt bottles into three parts - top, middle and bottom. Then glue the two top parts together one on top of the other and the bottom part below it. See thumbnail Pic #s 3 and 4.

2. Use the middle part of the yogurt bottle to make a cone shape. See thumbnail Pic #5. Then, glue this on top of the yogurt bottle you glued together. See thumbnail Pic #6. Make another smaller cone shape and glue this on top of the first cone. The second cone shape is optional.

3. Get the green straw and cut it into 1-2 inches long depending on your preference. Expand the cut straw and use your fingernails to tear the straw lengthwise with about 0.5 cm widths each. Refer to thumbnail Pic #7.

4. Fold the cut straw in half and put the folded part on the tip of the stick. Dab a little hot glue on the folded end of the straw and stick it onto the yogurt bottle while holding the stick. Refer to thumbnail Pic #8.

5. Do this all the way round the bottle and then go up until the entire bottle is covered with the green straw. Glue the other bottom cut out of the yogurt bottle at the bottom to serve as the base of the Christmas tree. Cover the bottom part of the Christmas tree. You can either use an old yarn or ribbon.

6. Make different cut out shapes of the glittered foam paper and stick them onto the green straw around the mini Christmas tree. You can use colored paper sprinkled with glitters, in case you don't have glittered foam paper. You can also use anything you want, such as the beads from the broken fashion bracelets of my kids.

7. Cut out a star from the middle part of the yogurt bottle. Cover the star with gold sticker on both sides. See thumbnail Pic #9. Alternatively, you can put glue on the star and sprinkle them with gold glitters.Then, glue the star on top of the mini Christmas tree.

See thumbnail Pic #s 1, 2 and 3 below for a sample finished tree with and without decoration. Pic #2 is a smaller mini Christmas Tree version, made only of two yogurt bottles. Glittered foam paper was used for the Christmas tree ornaments. Pic #3 is a bigger mini Christmas tree, using 3 yogurt bottles and some beads as ornaments.

Mini Christmas Tree #1 Photos

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Pic #1: Mini Christmas Tree using green straw without decorsPic #2: Mini Christmas tree decorated with glittered foam paper.Pic #3: Mini Christmas tree decorated with beads.
Pic #1: Mini Christmas Tree using green straw without decors
Pic #1: Mini Christmas Tree using green straw without decors
Pic #2: Mini Christmas tree decorated with glittered foam paper.
Pic #2: Mini Christmas tree decorated with glittered foam paper.
Pic #3: Mini Christmas tree decorated with beads.
Pic #3: Mini Christmas tree decorated with beads.

The second mini Christmas tree craft is much easier to make. We did this one last year. We used leftover green foil we have at home, some scrap ribbons and extra Christmas balls.

Tabletop Christmas tree using recycled materials. Image by Chin chin
Tabletop Christmas tree using recycled materials. Image by Chin chin

Materials for the Mini Christmas Tree #2

Items
Quantity
Description
Yogurt bottle
8
Empty and cleaned
wrapping paper
 
green or any color, made of foil preferably
ribbons
 
 
Christmas balls
 
small
glue gun and glue stick
 
 
scissors
 
 
transparent tape
 
 
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Mini Christmas Tree #2Pic #2: Glue together yogurt bottles to form a Christmas tree.
Mini Christmas Tree #2
Mini Christmas Tree #2
Pic #2: Glue together yogurt bottles to form a Christmas tree.
Pic #2: Glue together yogurt bottles to form a Christmas tree.

Instructions for Making the Mini Christmas Tree #2

1. Cut two of the yogurt bottles in half lengthwise. Use the glue gun and glue stick to make the yogurt bottles stick together to form a Christmas tree pattern. See thumbnail Pic #2.

2. Wrap the Christmas tree yogurt bottle with wrapping paper.

3. Tie a red ribbon around the middle section of the tree.

3. Get two Christmas balls and tie them together with a wire and attach them to the red ribbon you tied around the tree. Make another one for the other side (optional).


Additional Tips

You can also use toilet paper rolls instead of yogurt plastic bottles for this craft. Instead of using wrapping paper, you can simply use spray paint. When dry, you can spread some glue on the surface and sprinkle with glitters.

Videos of DIY Christmas tree using recycled printed paper

How to make a Christmas tree using recycled toilet paper rolls

How to make a Christmas tree using recycled plastic bottles

© 2014 Chin chin

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