Make this fun DIY Christmas tree craft and you’ll have a homemade decoration that you can proudly display during the holiday season. Keep reading for the full tutorial of this inexpensive, easy Christmas craft…
Christmas crafts aren’t only for kids! Christmas crafts for adults are just as fun – and just as wonderful to display.
But a DIY Christmas tree made from plastic spoons? Yep. It’s an easy Christmas craft you can tackle on a dime, and it’s an unexpected décor piece that looks like a million bucks!
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Christmas Craft For Adults: DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft
Before you get your Santa’s elf game face on and go to town crafting one of these babies, I’m going to share the good, the bad, and the ugly about this DIY project with you!
Let’s talk about this plastic spoon craft with a little pro-con, con-pro session (isn’t it pretty?):
Easy Christmas Craft Pros:
- This is a super-duper inexpensive project
- They look ADORABLE when you’re done
DIY Christmas Tree Craft Cons:
- This takes a LOOOONG time to make…(as in, you could do this while watching a Hallmark movie marathon)
- There’s a lot of glitter. Whether this falls into pro or con is up to you, but I’ll stick it here for now.
DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft Video Tutorial
Check out this quick video I made to walk you through making this gorgeous easy Christmas craft.
DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft SUPPLIES
- poster board
- plastic spoons (teaspoon size)
- hot glue gun / hot glue
- glitter (any color you wish)
- Mod Podge 0r Elmer’s school glue
- craft paintbrush
- wax paper
- acrylic spray sealant (we used gloss finish)
- power drill with approx. 1/8″ drill bit
- Christmas lights (white or colored, pick your favorite, either battery-operated or plug-in…but make sure they are the newer type that don’t get hot when turned on!)
DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft Directions
**Note: We made two trees. They are identical except for the way they were glued onto the poster board tree. For the silver tree, we glued the spoons CONCAVE side out. For the gold tree, we glued the spoons on with the CONVEX side facing out.**
1. Cut a Poster Board To Create A Cone
Holding a string at one corner of your poster board with one hand, trace an arc with the other hand (which is holding your pencil and the other end of the string). Longer arcs = bigger cones and vice versa.
2. Punch Holes to Allow Light to Shine Through if Desired
Cut out your cone shape with scissors. If you want, you can punch holes in the cone with a drill and drill bit at this point.
If you plan to place Christmas lights under your spoon tree, this will help the light shine through the tree a bit more.
I used an old cardboard box as a platform to make the drilling easy. Use any size drill bit you want. Ours was approximately 1/8″.
3. Hot Glue Poster Board Into a Cone Shape
Making sure that the bottom and top of the cone align, hot glue poster board into a cone shape.
I felt like this was not as easy as it should be, but after a little bit of arm wrestling with the poster board, you’ll get it to work 😉
4. Cut Handles Off of a Gazillion Plastic Spoons
Ideally, I would have saved a ton of used plastic spoons, washed them, then used them for this project. That would be a great way to upcycle. So if that’s an option, definitely do it.
The spoons will cut fairly easily with some scissors.
All in all, we used approximately 80-120 spoons per tree, but this is totally dependent on the size you choose.
You’ll need closer to the upper end of that number for the silver version of the tree than the gold, just as an FYI.
5. Glue and Glitter Spoons
I found the easiest way to do this step was to use a craft paintbrush to “paint” some glue onto the side of the spoon that will be seen.
*Note: choose which style you like better from the images (either silver or gold) then paint the glue only on the side of the spoon that will be seen. Otherwise, you’ll waste a whole lot of glue and glitter.
I only glued and glittered the bottom half of the spoon. Do more or less as you like.
After painting the glue on, simply dip the spoon into a little container of the glitter. Lay your spoons out on wax paper to dry.
6. Spray With Acrylic Sealant
Once your spoons are dry, coat them lightly with acrylic sealant. This will help keep the glitter from falling off and ending up all over your house (you’re welcome).
7. Glue Spoons Onto Your Cone
Starting at the bottom of the cone, and moving around the base in a full circle, hot glue spoons onto the cone.
Depending on whether you want to make a tree similar to the gold or the silver example, pay attention to what side of the spoon you are gluing! It would be really easy to lose track of which side you are gluing glitter to – and end up wasting time and supplies.
The bottom row will take the longest, and the task gets quicker with each concentric circle, but this step takes a WHILE, so be prepared 😉
8. Place Christmas lights under your tree, if you want.
If you choose to, you can now place your lights under the tree and enjoy the warm glow. Now, OF COURSE, use common sense.
If your bulbs burn hot, then, FIRST of all, you need to get rid of those dangerous, old school lights.
And regardless, you shouldn’t turn the lights on and let them remain on for days on end. Just pay attention to make sure the lights aren’t putting your home in danger of burning down. ‘Nuff said.
Well, that’s it! I told you this easy Christmas craft for adults was cheap and adorable – kids don’t get to have ALL the fun.
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