Christmas Tree Baskets Upcycled Two Different Ways

Christmas Tree Baskets Upcycled Two Different Ways

Earlier this year, long before I was even THINKING about holiday projects, I found this set of nesting Christmas tree baskets. As I mulled over different makeover ideas, I realized they could be used as Christmas table decor in December, but continue on into the New Year as winter wonderland decorations.

Christmas tree baskets at the thrift store for upcycling into Christmas table decor and winter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…I could do something with these!

Not sure what I mean? Well, they were this great burnished gold color and could stand on their own. What if I painted one a dark green, painted one a bright white, and left one as-is? I could temporarily decorate them as Christmas trees but also use them as elusive winter decor in January and February. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling Christmas tree baskets into Christmas table decor and then used as winter wonderland decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First for Christmas, then for winter!

Upcycling Christmas Tree Baskets

So, I set up my spray painting station outside so that I could spray paint my Christmas tree baskets, starting with the smallest one. I elected to transform him into a snowy white tree.

Spray painting Christmas tree baskets to use as both Christmas table decor and winter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Super simple makeover…

Next, I spray painted the largest tree a dark forest-y green.

Spray painting Christmas tree baskets to upcycle them into Christmas table decor and then winter wonderland decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little more painting…

To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the green spray paint- so I touched up the largest basket with some evergreen craft paint. NOW I was happy- and my Christmas tree baskets were done! I know I’m getting ahead of myself here, but this is how they’ll look AFTER the holidays, as rustic winter wonderland decorations.

Creating winter wonderland decorations by upcycling Christmas tree baskets from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Won’t these be perfect just as-is for winter?

But let’s back up a sec and focus on Christmas table decor, since that comes first on the calendar. There are lots of ways to decorate my Christmas tree baskets for the holidays- tiny LED lights, metallic braided cord for garland. But all I wanted to do was hang my tiny vintage Shiny Brites on the ‘front’ of my tree.

Decorating Christmas tree baskets as upcycled Christmas table decor with mini vintage Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But first…CHRISTMAS!

However, I faced a conundrum- my daintiest Shiny Brites are ¼” to ½” in diameter but all I had were standard sized ornament hooks. That just would NOT work well- the ornaments would hang too long and the hooks would be way too visible.

So, I nabbed my jewelry-making tools (namely a small wire cutter and round-nosed pliers) and created two mini ornament hooks from a single standard ornament hook!

Making miniature Christmas ornament hooks from standard size ornament hooks with jewelry pliers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A-HA! These will be so much better!

I simply snipped the hook in half with my wire cutters and curled the straight ends under with the pliers, creating tight curly-q’s for dainty ornament wires.

And let me tell you- that worked PERFECTLY!! I made dozens of itty bitty ornament hooks that I’ll just keep in the same box as my tiny ornaments.

Creating tiny ornament hooks for tabletop Christmas trees from standard size hooks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Tiny ornament hook success!

Just like that, the larger of my painted Christmas tree baskets was decorated and ready to be used as Christmas table decor!

Upcycling Christmas tree baskets into Christmas table decor with vintage Shiny Brites by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…those boxes are actually cuter than my project…

Don’t they look festive? I could have decorated the middle gold Christmas tree basket but elected to just go with the two.

Making Christmas table decor with upcycled Christmas tree baskets from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Christmas table perfection

And just like that, my Christmas tree baskets can be used for several months…first as Christmas table decor and later on as rustic winter wonderland decorations. Gotta love the easy decor transition, right?

Want even more upcycled Christmas decor inspiration? Check out my full collection of projects here before you go! And file away this collection of repurposed winter decorations for later, as well.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Sheryl Orr Danner says:

    Very cute, you never disappoint!

  2. What a great idea. All three look wonderful…Thank you for sharing

  3. OMG those are so cute as Christmas trees and nice as a more neutral winter decor too!

  4. adorable!! you are the best!!

  5. Wow! I never tire of your amazing-ness !!! Thank you for sharing all your great ideas ! Keep them coming!!

  6. acraftymix says:

    They’re adorable Sarah. Love the little white one

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