$1 Farmhouse DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree

Make a beautiful DIY tabletop Christmas tree in farmhouse topiary style, using fresh green leaves and recycled materials! Easy Christmas decorations and gift idea for anyone who loves boho, modern, and farmhouse decor!

We have a bay tree and it is so nice to share bay leaves with family and friends who love to use them as cooking herbs. This Christmas we decided to try a new idea: making a tabletop Christmas tree from fresh bay leaves.

Beautiful $1 DIY tabletop Christmas tree with fresh leaves topiary & recycled materials! Perfect farmhouse kitchen decorations & boho modern gift idea!

We are so thrilled with the result! Can you see how pretty this would look in a modern farmhouse kitchen? Or as any style Christmas decorations?

This is also a great Christmas gift idea for foodies! They can peel off the bay leaves when Christmas is over, and enjoy them in many winter soups and stews, yum!

topiary style DIY tabletop Christmas tree with fresh leaves & colorful Christmas ornaments
Want to make these paper Christmas ornaments? Tutorial & free patterns here!

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Materials and tools to make a tabletop Christmas tree :

DIY bay leaf tabletop Christmas tree as modern farmhouse kitchen decorations
This farmhouse Christmas tree in our DIY IKEA kitchen, visit our kitchen here! 🙂

Step 1: make a cardboard cone

Don’t you love cereal boxes?! They offer the perfect kind of cardboard for our project! Corrugated cardboard would be more difficult to work with.

cereal boxes to make mini Christmas trees

Open up a cereal box. Draw a quarter circle with the circumference about 8 inches. You can change this number, just remember your total tree height will be the height of this cone plus the trunk and planter height.

draw quarter circle on cardboard

Use a protractor, or make one by taping a string on the backside one end (as the center point) and a pen on the other end, and draw a quarter circle.

Cut out the quarter circle shape, with a bit extra tab on the end for glueing. Use hot glue or glue to glue together the cardboard cone .

cut and glue cardboard cone

Also cut and glue the bottom piece as shown. Use the branch to poke a hole in the center. The bottom piece helps to stabilize the tree and create a more finished look.

cardboard cone to make DIY tabletop Christmas tree craft

You may also love: magnolia wreath also made from cardboard and natural leaves!

Step 2: attach leaves to cardboard cone

There are two ways to attach leaves: using paper tape or hot glue. Hot glue is much easier and faster! 🙂

glue leaves to cardboard cone to make Christmas tree craft

Because these bay leaves are intended to be used in cooking, we used paper tape. However, you can still use hot glue on the tip of the leaves and just clip each leaf off later.

tape leaves to cone

Start at the bottom. Make sure the leave overlap one another and cover the bottom edge of the cardboard cone. You can alternate the front and back face of the leaves to create various shades of greens.

After the bottom row is finished all the way around, continue to the next rows above. The key is to overlap the leaves so no cardboard is showing.

add more leaves to cone

When you reach the top, make a little bundle of leaves using a small piece of string or jute twine to cover the tip of the cardboard cone, and glue it to the top.

finish top of DIY Christmas tree decorations

Step 3: “plant” your tabletop Christmas tree in a pot.

Insert the twig through the bottom hole of the cone. Fill a pot with sand or gravel, and   “plant” your tabletop Christmas tree. Cover the top of the sand or gravel with moss. 

add moss and terra cotta pot to farmhouse DIY tabletop Christmas tree

Now you have a lovely tabletop Christmas tree perfect for a farmhouse kitchen or a modern living room! 

Additional tips and FAQ

beautiful boho and farmhouse DIY small Christmas tree

How long do the fresh leaves last?

Fresh bay and many leathery evergreen leaves dry slowly in about 1-2 weeks. They still look nice after they are dried, but less vibrant in colors.

vintage tabletop Christmas tree with bay leaves, great handmade holiday gift idea!

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    • hi Cynthia! it’s easy to find big bay trees in warmer climate across the south and west states if you have friend and family there. otherwise, you can use other leathery leaves from bushes and trees like Holly, Privet, etc. 🙂

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