DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree from Upcycled Coffee Mug Tree

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree from Upcycled Coffee Mug Tree

There I was at the Goodwill Outlet (aka, “The Bins”)…staring at a broken coffee mug tree. It was on top of the pile, likely tossed there by someone who scoffed at its missing arm. But me? I grabbed it…broken treasures are my favorite finds. And an incomplete coffee mug tree was the perfect candidate for a Christmas project- a tabletop Christmas Tree!

Incomplete coffee mug tree missing arms at Goodwill Clearance Center to be repurposed into DIY tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods

Incomplete and ready to come home with me!

Even better? As I mentally disassembled it in my head, though, I realized that I could get TWO holiday projects from it…but let’s get to Project #1 first.

Taking the coffee mug tree apart was fairly simple- the arms were glued in and over time, the glue had become brittle. So, with little effort, I was able to remove each arm from the stand/base…and set them aside for Project #2 (which you can find here on the blog!).

Incomplete coffee mug tree missing arms from Goodwill Clearance Center to be upcycled into DIY tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods

Missing piece = Upcycling Opportunity!

Incomplete coffee mug tree missing arms from Goodwill Clearance Center to be upcycled into DIY tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods

Setting aside the arms for Project #2…

I was left with a flat base with a tall center spindle that had three sets of perpendicular set holes that went all the way through. My idea for this? To create a tabletop-sized Nordic-style minimalist tabletop Christmas tree! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

The Making of a Tabletop Christmas Tree

My plan was to slide different lengths of wooden dowel into each set of pre-drilled holes…but I decided I wanted a fourth hole because there was plenty of room near the base (not for a coffee mug, mind you…but certainly for a dowel!). So, we drilled an extra hole near the bottom of my coffee mug tree stand.

Drilling hole in upcycled coffee mug tree to use for wooden dowels as branches for a DIY tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding just one additional hole…

The holes were *relatively* even (meaning a dowel could slip through straight across and not look uneven/wonky), but I went ahead and used a round file to clean them up ever so slightly. Then, I grabbed some dowels to transform into tree “branches”.

Using wooden dowels as branches for upcycled mug tree as DIY minimalist tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now for some Christmas tree “branches”!

With four sets of holes, we determined that our four “branches” should be 6”, 8”, 10”, and 12” in length…and the dowels were cut down to those sizes. After sanding the edges, I slipped them through their corresponding holes and glued them in place.

Using wooden dowels as branches for upcycled mug tree as DIY minimalist tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One tabletop Christmas tree, coming right up!

After going back and forth between hand-painting and spray-painting, I went with the spray. I found a mossy green spray paint that had the cool green color that I was looking for and felt “Nordic” in hue!

Even more Christmas tree-like!

Once that dried, I hand-painted the coffee mug tree base and a tiny part of the spindle a dark brown to replicate a Christmas tree trunk. There- now my tabletop Christmas tree was all done and ready to be decorated!

I love it!

I gathered some ornaments that I thought would look good on my tabletop Christmas tree- rustic brass bells and white mercury glass (mine are an old version of these mini mercury glass ornies)- and began to hang them on my coffee mug tree. I used my favorite ornament hooks for the mercury glass and thin hemp cord for the bells.

Using mini Mercury glass ornaments and vintage brass bells to decorate DIY tabletop Christmas tree made from an upcycled mug tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So pretty together…

Ta-da!! A tabletop Christmas tree from a broken coffee mug tree- how about that?

Using mini Mercury glass ornaments and vintage brass bells to decorate DIY tabletop Christmas tree made from an upcycled mug tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfection!

And you know what? You can easily personalize it to your holiday tastes…in fact, I think I’ll be on the hunt for another coffee mug tree and spray paint the whole thing silver like a vintage aluminum tree. And then I’ll hang some of my small vintage Shiny-Brites on it!

NOW- about those mug tree arms I set aside. This is what became of them!

Making DIY wooden spindle ornaments from upcycled mug tree arms, a simple Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Don’t leave just yet…please enjoy my full Christmas project collection for even more festive inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. OMG… your imagination… it’s amazing!! Love this Nordic Christmas Tree!!

    Tania

  2. As usual I love it; that color goes especially with with the 40’s kitchen utensil handles and Jadeite (one of the things I don’t collect YET!). You have taught me to think outside the box very well; can’t wait to see what the second project will be! I think the only thing I would be tempted to do here is to make small nicks/notches at the ends of the dowels before painting to prevent ornaments from falling off if it is bumped (darn cats!). Maybe one good rasp of a file? Wish I could see all of your Christmas decorations scattered through your house!

  3. Clever, cute and oh so Christmasy!!

  4. This is so cool! I love how it turned out. I have a teacup tree that I wanted to make a tree out of, but never thought of using dowels for the branches. That’s a great idea! Love the rustic bells, and the vintage Shiny-Brites too. Super cute!

  5. I love this idea!! So easy!

  6. Seriously girl, how creative is this! Oh you definitely need to make your shiny brite tree idea too.

  7. Ahhhh! I l-o-v-e it! Great job styling it too. Can I come hang out with you? Lol.

  8. I saw one of these old mug tree’s at the thrift store the other day. Oh why didn’t I buy it. Love your Nordic Christmas Tree.

  9. This is such a cute and clever idea! I love it!

  10. And I thought using mug trees for storing my bracelets was a clever idea for repurposing..this is a neat idea for empty nesters or people with a small space who might not want to decorate a larger tree. You’ve got me wondering what will happen with the leftovers. Can’t wait to see what you decide, you clever rascal.

  11. Wonderful!! Love how you repurpose everything.

  12. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    I had one of these a few years back and didn’t know what to do with it. Great repurpose Sarah!

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