Repurposed Christmas tree from folding metal steamer parts
Repurposing things for Christmas projects is one of my favorite things to do, and this repurposed Christmas tree is actually pretty easy to do.
This project has been in the back of my brain ever since I created these repurposed folding steamer garden art flowers a few years agao
I love getting projects done that have been on my list for what seems like forever.
All you need for this project is a couple of folding metal steamers, a hot glue gun, and a styrofoam cone in the size of your choice. Mine is 12 inches tall.
I buy these steamers whenever I see them at thrift stores, usually for 25 or 50 cents.
These steamers come apart easily and the pieces have so much repurposing potential.
All you have to do is pull a piece back towards the bottom as far as you can easily take it, and pull the piece out.
Because I have quite a collection of these I was able to use 2 different sizes, but one size will work too.
I can think of so many more ways to use these steamer pieces, but today it’s all about a fun and funky repurposed Christmas tree.
Creating a Funky Repurposed Christmas Tree
I started by hot gluing the larger size parts around the bottom.
You can see through to the cone now, but once you move your way up you won’t notice that.
TIP: The hot glue will melt the styrofoam just a bit, but you don’t need to use very much glue.
The second row of steamers pieces goes above and over the first, sort of overlapping where the pieces meet below.
And the third row is done the same way.
You may need to space them out a bit to make it work as you go up the cone.
Now you can start to see this repurposed Christmas tree coming together.
When working on something like this I always keep in mind what will be the front and what will be the back, and I usually mark the back with a piece of painter’s tape.
That way I make sure anything that doesn’t match up nicely is at the back.
It’s so easy to forget when you’re busy working away.
When I got to the top I bent two steamer pieces to cover the tip of the cone so it wouldn’t be seen through the top layer of steamer pieces that I’ll be adding on top of it.
Star for Repurposed Christmas Tree
Once I had those glued in place I needed a pretty topper as my focal point.
For this I went to my vintage light reflector collection to create a unique star.
The center of my star is a vintage rhinestone stud earring.
This repurposed Christmas tree was really a lot of fun to put together.
Before gluing on the tree topper you could spray paint the whole thing if you want, or you could add some glitter.
You could decorate it up with lace bits, mini beads.
Whatever you love really.
Me? I’m loving the simplicity of the silver, which really makes the topper pop.
I added a red and green crocheted Christmas pot holder as a sort of tree skirt underneath.
It ties in the star, and looks nice on my decoupaged bedroom dresser.
Depending on what you use to create them repurposed Christmas trees can really be made to fit any style.
No matter what it is, if you can glue it on a styrofoam cone you can probably make it into a tree.
And just to show you how true that really is, I have two more repurposed Christmas tree projects that I’ll be sharing later this week.
Sort of companions to this one, but completely different at the same time.
UPDATE: You can now see these two DIY Repurposed Christmas trees here.
This repurposed Christmas tree is certainly fun and funky, and I have to say that it makes me smile.
I might just leave it out for the whole winter. Why not?
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…