Dollar Store DIY: Farmhouse Christmas Tree

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was filled with food, family, football, and a nap or two! It was the perfect relaxing long weekend. Now I am ready to take on the Christmas season! 

To kick off the holiday season, I am hosting a fun craft challenge on Instagram (@legallycraftyblog) with a talented group of ladies! Each week leading up to Christmas, we are creating fun decor using dollar store and dollar spot items! You can also play along by submitting your creations. Head to Instagram for all of the details. This first week, the theme is "Oh Christmas Tree" and I've got an easy way to get yourself some farmhouse style mini-trees without the expensive price tag!

 
Take a Dollar Tree Christmas tree and turn it into rustic farmhouse decor. Click here to learn how to re-create this tree in minutes. #christmasdecor #dollarstorediy #farmhousechristmas #christmascrafts #christmasdiy
 

If you're like me, I love adding greenery to little vignettes around the house for the holidays. But getting little trees from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel can cost you upwards of $30 or more! They sure are pretty, but I just couldn't splurge on those.

Instead, I picked up an 18 inch green mini-tree at my local Dollar Tree and used some white spray paint with primer to make my mini-tree dreams come true.

What You Need

  • Mini-Tree (Dollar Tree - $1 each)

  • White Spray Paint + Primer (Amazon)

  • Mini-Pine Cones (Optional- Walmart $1.98)

  • Bucket, Flannel fabric, or Burlap

First, remove the tree from the box and setup on the provided stand. Fluff up the branches to ensure you can apply the spray paint.

 
Learn how spray paint can transform this Dollar Tree Christmas Tree into farmhouse decor.
 

Spray paint light layers of white spray paint to get the desire frost effect. Remember to start light and continue adding, as you can always add more paint, but it's tough to take off. If you get a little too much in one spot, you can immediately wipe it down with a paper towel. 

For a more flocked effect, you will want to explore using actual flocking spray, but I decided I didn't need the 3D look and it was a way to save some money since I already had a can of spray paint around.

One of my favorite bloggers to follow, Cassie at Home, also used white spray paint + primer in a recent project she shared on Instagram, and I liked how it turned out. She recommended using a paint with primer to speed up the drying process. Worked like a charm for me. I did a few layers and allotted for about 10-15 minutes of dry time in between coats. Make sure to get underneath branches as well.

 
Christmas trees can be spray painted to give them a more rustic look.
 

Do as many coats until you get your desired color. I still wanted some green showing through.

To dress up the tree, I added some mini pine cone ornaments that I picked up at Walmart for under $2. Adding anything to the tree is completely optional.

 
Adding Walmart pine cones to a spray painted Christmas tree gives it a farmhouse rustic look.
 

You can see the tree came with a stand, but that made it rather wide and didn't fit into many of the containers I had on hand. Instead, I hot glued the tree to a scrap piece of birch wood and wrapped up the base in some flannel fabric with twine. 

 
Plaid fabric and twine make a cute base for a DIY dollar store Christmas tree makeover.
 

And, there you have it! My DIY farmhouse mini tree!

 
Who doesn't love the red truck for Christmas decor?