Once I saw the potted pines in this Pottery Barn picture,
I knew I would have to make some. So I did.
I made them before Thanksgiving and since then have seen a few tutorials for making pine tree topiaries that are much more complicated. Mine are disposable but super-easy and practically free! In Oregon there are ten million pine trees per neighborhood block (approximately) and therefore I certainly couldn't see actually buying pine (or fake-pine) from a store. Besides, haven't you noticed how the tips of pine tree branches are shaped just like the tops? There's a mini-tree waiting to be cut from the edge of every branch!
Step one: snip off some tree-branch tips. Step two: Make sure to keep them high above the realm of grabby reach-y chubby one-year-old hands.
I bought tiny terra cotta pots for less than a dollar, and to keep them natural-looking but a bit more interesting I lightly dusted them with white spray paint. If you hold the paint nozzle down gently, slightly bigger blobs of paint come out than the regular fine mist.
I hot-glued some dollar-store twine just under the lip and affixed a twine bow. Then I stuffed some floral foam inside (Four chunks for a dollar from The Dollar Tree).
I stripped off the shoots and needles from the bottom part of the branch,
and stuffed it in the foam!
With a little dollar-store Spanish moss to hide the foam, it was complete. So cheap. So easy. Just the kind of project I like. :)
it looks super easy, my kinda craft!!ReplyDelete
Oh, I love this! So easy, cheap, and cute:) Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
I like it, very cute and not that complicated! Thanks!ReplyDelete
cute...you are inspired me! THanks!ReplyDelete
Oh that is really cute!ReplyDelete
perfectly lovely touch to your pretty home! That nice touch of spray paint gives the clay pots an interesting lookl Great idea!ReplyDelete
Cute! I think I'm going to have to make a few of these myself :)ReplyDelete
So Cute! I love PB but it is WAY too expensive! I like your way much better :)ReplyDelete
What a great idea. We have plenty of pines down here in the south too.ReplyDelete
Very cute. I have about 1000 of those laying around in my backyard from the wind we had here yesterday. Maybe I will make one myself. :-)ReplyDelete
And you just had to put it by that frame that I tried to make but messed up. Thanks. ;)ReplyDelete
Easy AND they would smell so nice!ReplyDelete
I am loving all of these holiday crafts! I just have to follow you now!ReplyDelete
Super cute! Love it! And, sounds like we have similar dollar stores because I always find the best stuff there!ReplyDelete
Hmmm.... There just so happens to be about that many pine trees in my part of Virginia and there also just so happens to be a couple of empty clay pots sitting in my stepdad's shop. Looks like I know what I'm doing tomorrow!ReplyDelete
I love these! And I bet I could keep these alive unline every other plant I've owned!ReplyDelete
These are great. I love that they are made from things that you might already have laying around.ReplyDelete
Did you know that http://crafterhours.blogspot.com is having a PB Knock Off week? You should totally e-mail them about your project. They'd love it.
Simple and elegent!ReplyDelete
Here is another version
I'm allergic to pine trees go figure, but I was curious if the needles fall off or how do you keep it alive? This would be a cute & free project to spruce up my building's hallway & yeah pun intended lol ThanksReplyDelete
love this idea how sweetReplyDelete
so cute :) love the pines!ReplyDelete
So sweet! Love it! Excellent job!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
Ohhhhhhh, I love your style!!! Natural and simple! Perfect!ReplyDelete
Love that it is so simple, yet so beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :) Hope you stop by again soon.ReplyDelete
Oooh, I like it, too! Great ideas---I love the $1 store!ReplyDelete
I hope you can join my vintage tag giveaway going on now! Merry Christmas!
Thanks for Hookin up with HoH!
~Allison @ House of Hepworths
congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.ReplyDelete
So cute, and you can attach teeny tiny foil-covered boxes or tiny balls just like a real Christmas tree. Have to make one for next ear!!ReplyDelete