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DIY glitter trees!

We are the sisters from the blog Eighteen 25. We are very excited to have been asked to participate in the Crazy Christmas Crafters event here at I heart nap time!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 styrofoam trees: sizes 15×5, 12×4, and 9×4
  • 3 small candlesticks (you can find these at just about any thrift store for about 50 cents)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Elmer’s glue for the glitter
  • E6000 to glue the tree to the candlestick
  • Glitter in your favorite 3 colors (we found these awesome colors of glitter at hobby lobby)
  • White spray paint

How to Make

  1. Give your tree a good coating of the spray adhesive. You can use the Elmers glue for this part, but the spray adhesive covers better and gives a nice smooth finish, plus it’s a lot faster. Leave the bottom of the tree undone, this will get glittered at the end.
  2. Once you have your tree coated in glue, cover it completely with glitter (best to pour over a cookie sheet). When all 3 trees have been glitterized set them aside to dry.
  3. Next take your 3 candlesticks and give them a couple quick coats of white spray paint. then let those dry completely.
  4. Now take your E6000 and glue the candlesticks to the trees. It’s best to let them sit overnight. (keep an eye on it though).
  5. When everything is completely dry, flip them over and cover the remaining part with glue and glitter (we used the elmers glue for this part).

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  1. Not the biggest glitter fan but I love these and might try them this morning!! great idea and love the colors your chose! i am LOVING all these easy crafts!! Did you also make the picture in the middle?? Cute cute mantle!!

  2. I love this as well and can't wait to do it. I would love to get that Christmas subway art too – is there a download for it?

  3. How gorgeous!! I love them…all…and I love the colors!! The last picture is beautiful!!!
    Thanks for sharing! I will make these!!

  4. For real? You three? I LOVE these. I have been eying some glitter-ish trees at Target for like, 3 years now. And they're so expensive!! Just a heads up…I WILL be copying this in some way. (and I just showed the photo to my husband and tried to beg to add teal to our Christmas this year. He insists that only Red and Green are okay. He didn't say no….that's a start) You are the best!!

    1. That canvas is so betuaiful! You are seriously so talented. I can’t wait to see what this new move brings for you. I think doing the Heather Carson thing is the best way to go!

  5. So, so cute!!! Thanks for sharing….can't wait to make some:) Can you please, please share where you got the subway art? LOVE it and looks so cute with the trees!

  6. I LOVE them! I am a glitter freak!! Thanks so much for the idea. I too would like to know if the subway art is for download? that would be awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. I LOVE theses trees! These are the EXACT colors I have in my Christmas decor!!!! I'm so going to make these! And yes… is that subway art available somewhere? I would love to add it to the collection!!! Thanks for such an amazing tutorial!

  8. What a fantastic and simple idea!!! Can't wait to try this! I wonder how it would look with giant glittered pine cones on top of the candle sticks? Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. So nice -I love these trees-I am going to make this for our mantel -It gives such a great impact without too much fuss 🙂

  10. Could you please also let me know where to find the subway art piece? the finished mantel looks great!

  11. Thanks for sharing this beautiful idea! Cant wait to make these. How did you print the subway art to the correct size? thanks

  12. I tried this craft today. Made a silver, gold and green tree. So pretty!! The only problem is the glitter. It still comes off on my hands when I pick it up.
    I haven’t glued the bases on yet, mostly because I can’t pick the cones up yet. It’s been a 10 hours since I glued the glitter on.
    Does anyone know a way to keep the glitter from constantly coming off?

    1. Thank you for sending the paper plate Shamrock art disgen. You taught me something new. I printed it out, and I will always use it. The children will continue to be grateful to you.

  13. We don't do glitter in our house, but they're gorgeous! I never thought to spray paint clear glass white. Thanks for the tip!

  14. I did these tonight! Love them…question? How do I keep the glitter on? Did I leave too much on? I sprayed, coated and sprayed and coated. Should I do a final spray over all my trees? And let dry again?