Upcycled Version of a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Upcycled Version of a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

I’ve always wanted to upcycle a banana hanger. What a funny-sounding thing to say, I know! But they are SO common at thrift stores- I just needed the right project idea. But as the holidays started creeping up, I wondered if I could transform one into a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Banana hanger at Habitat ReStore in Charlotte NC

You know the kind of Christmas tree I’m talking about, right? The sad, spindly little tree in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

Well, since a Charlie Brown Christmas tree only has one ornament on it, and a banana hanger only has a single hook, the project started to come together in my mind.

Upcycling idea for a banana stand

Either way, it was worth trying, right?

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From Banana Stand to Christmas Tree

First things first, I needed to paint the “tree” portion of the banana hanger. So, I grabbed some basic brown craft paint and went to work.

While the paint dried, I turned my attention to the hook. It was kind of gross and silver-y, but I needed it to blend into my DIY Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Painting hardware is never as easy as aiming the can and spraying. So, I taped it to a bamboo skewer…

Taping hardware to a bamboo skewer for painting

Spray painted it with a dark bronze paint

The best way to spray paint hardware

And tucked the bamboo into a (sad) potted herb plant on my back patio to dry! As silly as it sounds, it worked like a charm.

Painted hardware on a bamboo skewer

Then, once the paint on the hook and banana hanger had dried, I reassembled everything.

Upcycling a banana hanger as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Now for the Charlie Brown tree transformation to REALLY begin.

A DIY Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

I hunted high and low for the right faux greenery, finally finding a good stem at Joann Fabrics.

Christmas floral stem for Charlie Brown xmas tree

The greenery needed to be on the “minimalist” side and less robust for that spindly look.

Next, I grabbed my wire cutters and drill! I used the wire cutters to snip off individual branches for my Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Christmas craft for adults

I outfitted the drill with a bit that was about the same size as the wire from my floral stem. And after studying photos of a Charlie Brown tree online, I began to drill holes in the banana stand.

From there, I bent and tucked the wired branches into the holes, using super glue to hold them in place.

Making a DIY Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Then, I did the same thing again and again, all along the banana stand! Drilling and branch-tucking as I went.

Charlie Brown Christmas tree from a banana hanger

Finally, when I was happy with how it looked, I nabbed a vintage red Shiny Brite ornament from my stash and hung it from the hook!

Red ornament on a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Upcycled Version of a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Just like that, I had created an upcycled version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

Charlie Brown xmas tree from a banana hanger

Now, the finishing touch in the movie, of course, was Linus’ blue blanket. For my version of the tree, I used some soft blue flannel to wrap around the base.

Upcycling a banana stand into a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

OF COURSE I chose to use flannel fabric, right??

I’m just so tickled with how my upcycled version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree turned out! The banana hanger was seriously the perfect thing to transform.

DIY Charlie Brown Christmas tree

What a fun take on a tabletop Christmas tree, eh?

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a small tabletop tree, then you may also be interested in how I repurposed these chambersicks from the thrift store!

Upcycling a chamberstick into a Christmas candy dish

Craft on!

S

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Banana hanger as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

DIY version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Comments

  1. What a fun project!

  2. Karen Benitez says

    Sarah!! This tree is the cutest thing ever! 🎄❤️

  3. Charlie and the crew would be happy. Merry Christmas to you.

  4. Elizabeth HugginsThompson says

    This is genius! What a brilliant version of the Charlie Brown tree. When I first read the text from your blog post in my email inbox, “I’ve always wanted to upcycle a banana hanger.”, I was like, “Whaaat….!?”. How would that even work?
    You certainly have a creative vision.
    Well done!

  5. What a fun idea! Charlie Brown would be proud!

  6. OMG that is SO CUTE!!!

  7. Deb in Oklahoma says

    Ooh, how clever–it’s kind of a modern, deconstructed version of the cartoon tree! This would be a great project to work on with kids, and easy enough to find the parts. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Such a cute idea! I always thought banana trees were silly but good use for one.

  9. You are just too clever, that is stinkin’ cute!

  10. Girl,you have done it again!!What a cutie. Great job as always. Wish I had your creative mind. God Bless You

  11. I love it, it is so cute. What an imagination you have.

  12. Oh, too clever! Love it

  13. Jenni Trimmer says

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!! That is adorable and does the Charlie Brown tree proud. Good one!!!

  14. so cute. I always look forward to your posts.

  15. Cathy Whittaker says

    You are amazing!!!

  16. This was genius! I can’t believe how cute it turned out! Banana hanger! Who would have thought!

  17. OMG!! Too cute. I will be on the lookout for one of these from now on!

  18. Cuteness & creativity on steroids 👏👏👏 I luuuv it!!! Have actually repurposed a banana hanger before, but this is a show stopper!!! Going to do this with another 1 I have in my stash😍 Thanks for sharing! And~ I am blown away with Linus’ blue blankie around the trunk!

  19. Wow, you never cease to amaze me with your imagination. This is just too stinking cute for words! I just may have to copy this, it really is not only creative but so fun. Smiles for miles if this were at my house.

  20. OMG this is so stinkin’ cute and creative! I wish I had your vision to see something like a fruit hanger and transform it to something this awesome!

  21. Barbara Warner says

    Love, love, love your upcycle on the banana hanger, aka Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I have this exact banana hanger (which we do use!) but I’ll look for a spare to upcycle. What a delightful little decor piece for Christmas/winter! You are so clever.

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