Fun & Funky DIY Repurposed Christmas Tree

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.


styrofoam tree cone and metal steamer for repurposed diy Christmas tree

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.


parts of metal folding steamers in two different sizes

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.

I love creating repurposed Christmas trees like this shower curtain ring tree, this miniature rose Christmas tree, and these pencil crayon tree ornaments.


Creating a Funky Repurposed Christmas Tree

gluing first layer of steamer parts onto 12 inch styrofoam cone

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.


gluing overlapping layers of steamer parts onto 12 inch styrofoam cone

The second row of steamers pieces goes above and over the first, sort of overlapping where the pieces meet below.


gluing three overlapping layers of steamer pieces onto 12 inch styrofoam cone

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.


gluing four overlapping layers of steamer parts onto 12 inch styrofoam cone

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.


bending two steamer parts together to form a cone at top of steamer tree

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

DIY Christmas tree from repurposed folding metal steamer parts

Once I had those glued in place I needed a pretty topper as my focal point.


tree topper for repurposed Christmas tree from vintage foil light reflectors and rhinestone stud earring

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.


diy repurposed Christmas tree from metal folding steamer parts 3

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.


diy repurposed Christmas tree from metal folding steamer parts

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.

Fun & Funky DIY repurposed Christmas tree from folding metal steamer parts

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?


Save this project for later by pinning!

DIY Fun & Funky Repurposed Christmas tree from folding metal steamer parts


Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Another great idea and I just happen to have one of those steamers sitting on a chair in my kitchen, waiting to be up cycled and that is the truth! lol!

  2. I couldn’t possibly part with my steamer because I use it all the time but now I need to go find a couple. This is just too cute! Nice Christmas gift for you!

  3. Jeretta Bliss says:

    This is another one of your great ideas.Thank you for sharing.

  4. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love this idea.

  5. Beautiful!!
    I hope you don’t mind if I add an idea here. It looks like it could hold hanging earrings.
    I really appreciate and enjoy your work and your writing!! Thank you so much!! Best wishes!!

  6. LindaSonia says:

    Soooo clever – can’t love it more!!

  7. Pinned! So clever, so cute, so simple! I’m gonna keep this one for next year! Another winner, Tuula!!

  8. That is just so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Debra Hubbs says:

    You amaze me with your creativity. I never would have thought of this. I have two of those old steamer baskets. I occasionally use one. Very tempting. Wonder how small beads glued in all the holes would look. I also like the simplicity of this one though.

    1. Thanks Debra! I decided to keep it simple just because I loved the way it looked, but it could certainly be dressed up in so many ways.

  10. What clever and super cute idea, Tuula! Pinned Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks very much Marie! I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and an amazing New Year!

  11. Another great recycled project! Brilliant!

  12. You know that idea is fantastic right? Very creative and cute, so I had to pin it!

  13. Rebecca Payne says:

    Amazing! I love it.