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Make DIY Mini Concrete Christmas Trees

DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

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Though real Christmas trees are wonderful, not all of us have the time, space, or energy to deal with them. So if your tastes lean to the more industrial, minimalist side of things, you can make your own little Christmas trees out of cement. These concrete Christmas trees are reusable, require no maintenance, and you don't have to worry about ornaments or lights. Of course, there's no reason you can't have both a real tree and some of these mini ones. They're pretty quick and addictive to make, so go ahead and make a whole forest. 

 

 

Materials

 

  • CementAll, or other quick-setting cement or concrete
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Card stock or poster board
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Mixing container
  • Stir stick
  • Paper cups
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Tree cone templates
Tree cone templates
Tree cone templates. These templates make trees 3 1/2, 5, and 6 inches tall.

 

Materials needed for making cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

Step

Cement Christmas tree templates
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Print out templates, place on poster board or card stock, and cut out.

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Gently roll up each template with the shiny, coated side in, and carefully tape closed. Any creases will show in the final tree cones, so try not to crease the molds. Place in an overturned paper cup with a hole punched in the bottom.

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DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

Mix cement or concrete according to the instructions on the package. Quickly spoon into the cones, shaking them as you fill to eliminate air bubbles. Let cure according to the package instructions.

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DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

After the cement has set, peel the tape off of the cones to reveal your mini cement trees. If the paper has stuck to your trees, you can soak them in water to remove any residue. You can also wet sand to buff out lines and imperfections.

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DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Trace around the bottom of the tree cones on felt, cut out the circles slightly smaller, and hot glue onto the bottom of the cones. 

 

DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

 

DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

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Want to know how to care for a real Christmas tree? Check out our Christmas tree maintenance guide.

Not sure how to care for a real Christmas tree? Here's everything you need to know about selecting a tree, cutting it down, and keeping it looking its best.

 

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