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DIY: Glass Ornament Christmas Tree

I decided not to get a real Christmas tree this year because I'm still trying to get the house in order (a year after moving in) and because it's one more thing to keep away from the puppy (although she seems more interested in "burying" soggy rawhide bones in our bed).

But I need some holiday decorations in the house so, in addtion to our chocolate advent calendars and evergreen garlands on the porch, I crafted a table-top Christmas tree out of glass bulbs.   It only took about an hour and a couple supplies.



  • 18" styrofoam cone
  • 100 glass ornaments in various sizes (I bought my ornaments after last Christmas and got them cheap.  You can also get a tube of plastic bulbs at Target for $1 and they'll look just as nice.)
  • hot glue and hot glue gun



1.  To place the bulbs, dab some hot glue on the metal hook of the ornament and poke it into the styrofoam cone.  If your bulbs don't have a metal hook you can just dab on some hot glue and press it to the cone.  The hot glue will slightly melt the cone and the end of the bulb will sink right into it.

2.  Install the bottom ring of bulbs on the base of the cone.

2.  Once the bottom circle is done all you need to do is full up the rest of the cone with more bulbs.  If you have big gaps you can plug them up with small bulbs (it's okay if they don't reach the cone, you can glue them to the larger bulbs).

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Reader Comments (3)

I love it!!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo @ SmileMonsters

Lovely...gonna do this for the office. Thanks for your directions and picture : )

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Thanks for this DIY! This looks awesome. This will definitely look good as a dining table centerpiece together with other glass figurines and candles and ribbons! Maybe a white Christmas theme with this will be phenomenal.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlizzie saito

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