Upcycled Sparkly Christmas Tree {Gold Beads & a Cemetery Vase}

On the first day of Christmas, my true love made for me… an Upcycled Tree that’s Sparkly! You wanna hear the rest of the song, don’t ya? Lucky for you, my mission is to bring you 12 Days of DIY Christmas Trees!! And if my lyrical talents stay in tact, we may just have the best DIY carol ever at the end of this series!

12 Days of DIY Christmas Trees by Vintage News Junkie

Sound like fun?? I thought so too!! Let’s get started!! First up… sing it with me… ♫ an upcycled tree that’s sparkleeeeeeeee ♫

Upcycled Sparkly Christmas Tree made with Gold Beads {Tutorial by Vintage News Junkie}

So this is what started my grand idea of 12 DIY Christmas Trees… these bad boys! I picked up these four cemetery vases at my fave thrift spot for 25¢ a piece! I immediately knew what I would do with them! So four of my trees will be built on these vases!

Upcycle a Cemetery Vase into a Christmas Tree

The first vase slipped on a sheet of kraft paper… like she was planning to go play in the snow. I agreed to tape the paper in place and cover her with sparkly gold beads. Every gal need a little dazzle if she’s going out on the town! And of course, she didn’t want to show her green undergarments once she had her beaded dress on!

How to Make a Tabletop Christmas Tree

Then, with my dollar store strand of gold beads, I started at the bottom with a dot of hot glue. She flinched a little, but not too bad. Ha ha! And I continued round and round…

Easy Upcycle Christmas Tree with Gold Beads

…and round and round. I dabbed a bit of glue every quarter turn or so just to be sure the beads would hold in place.

DIY Gold Beaded Christmas Tree

And before I knew it, she was done!! She didn’t make it far… stuck her toe outside and said it was too cold. So she found a home on our dining room table, for now. Who knows where she will end up once all the Christmas decor comes out to play!

DIY Neutral Colored Christmas Decor

For now, she meshes well with her neighbor, the Upcycled Owl Centerpiece.

Easy DIY Christmas Tree

How to Make a Christmas Tree with Beads

I think she’s a nice addition to our Dining Room Tablescape for Under $20!! And she fits right in… since I only spent $1.25 to make this beauty!

Simple Upcycled Tabletop Christmas Tree

It just occurred to me, I probably should have saved this tree for day five, right?!?! You know.. ♫ On  the 5th day of Christmas my true love made for me… a goooold-en treeeeeee♫. Oh well, here she is… on day one… ♫ an upcycled tree that’s sparkleeeeeeeee ♫ I’ll get there!

To see all 12 DIY Christmas trees… CLICK HERE!

Until next time,

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  1. SO DANG CLEVER GIRL!! Love this!! I have some gold bead string just hanging around, I will find SOMETHING cone shaped to wind it around……maybe just get a styrofoam one, wrap in brown paper and GO!!

  2. Love it! You are so creative.

    • Thank you, Kathy!! You are quite the creative one yourself!! I just love your driftwood tree and wreath!! I’ve been wanting to make one for quite some time, but can’t find any driftwood near me! So if a few happen to make their way into your mailbox, I won’t hate your for it?? Ha ha! 😉 Mmmkay?? Mmmmkay!

  3. Very cute. I need a couple for my mantel. You are so crafty!

  4. So pretty Candace and a FAB up cycle idea!

  5. Sparkly is always good in my book! Can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up for the next 11 trees!

  6. Wow! These are fantastic! And 12 days of trees!?!?! You amaze me!

    • Oh, thank you, Heather!! Yes… TWELVE days of trees!! I’m crazy!! I like to try to give myself a minor breakdown each holiday season! How much can I possibly squeeze into one month?? And then let’s add 43 more things!! Mmmkay? Mmmmkay! Hopefully I survive!! Ha ha!! 🙂

  7. Love the beaded tree. I would have spray painted the paper under the beads with gold metallic paint!

  8. This reminds me of a pasta cone tree that I made in Girl Scouts many years ago. After gluing on the pasta, the cone was spray painted gold.

  9. Love all your trees I’ve seen so far, awesome. Great find with the cone cemetery vases, pretty smart deciding to use them for the cones. I’ll be looking for paper mache cones but sometimes I make my own with heavy paper then stuff cone for weight and durability, put bottom on it and elevate on a candle stick holder. Depends on what I can find and how much they are. Nasty old money of which I have very little.
    I do have lots of beaded garland and twine and few other things you used. I try things out first with what I have then decide if I want to make more, buy more supplies. We live out in country so decide if I want to spend time and gas to get supplies. I look forward to making every tree you made, love style and idea of them. Great post and project. Happy Thanksgiving

    • Oh, thank you JaneEllen!! I am so excited that you will be making these trees! They really are so much fun to make and I love walking by them every day knowing that I MADE THEM!!! I really like using stuff that I have on hand too!! I don’t live too far from the craft store and some other fun shops, but who want to get dressed and head out to the store when I can stay at home and craft!! Ha ha!! I’d love to see pictures of your trees once you make them… maybe you could email me one!! I have another friend, who has made some of my trees! I am amazed at all the creative minds out there!! Have fun!! Can’t wait to see your creations!!