Revamped Decorative Trees

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a craft project. I’ve been busy with a variety of different projects, I’ve just slacked on the posting.  I vow to get better about that, starting with these two repurposed, sad little decorative trees I found at Goodwill one day recently.

I peruse my local Goodwill about once a month or so just to see if they have anything repurposable, such as the Bear Statue I bought and repainted years ago.  A couple of months ago I found these sad little trees that were just falling apart one bit of styrofoam at a time. The leaves had definitely seen better days and most were missing.  

See how sad they were?  Not to mention the pots were all faded and chipped.
Revamped Decorative Trees

The first thing I did was strip the foliage off.   This made them look sadder than they looked originally!

Revamped Decorative Trees

I popped the dirty and dusty foliage into a sink of hot, soapy water and it was almost like new, so I was initially going to reuse them in addition to new greenery that I bought for the project.  I started pinning the new and old foliage back onto the styrofoam balls, but they were so old and hole-filled that the brown was still showing through and the balls were literally falling apart.  So off to Hobby Lobby I went to buy new styrofoam balls and green spray paint to fill in the gaps.  BUT, while there I found these lovely premade toppers!  There were several different types, and after a half hour of pondering, I finally chose these.

Foliage Greenery Top

This took care of the tree part, however, I still needed to do something about the awful pots they were in.  The pots were a perfect size and aside from the color and chips and cracks, they were still very usable.  Instead of buying new ones, I bought Krylon brand Black Granite Coarse Stone Texture spray paint. I’d never used this before, but WOW what a difference!

Tree Pot Before and After Painting

So the final result….voila!

Decorative Mini Trees DIY

As much as I love them in the kitchen for now, they will be migrating to the back deck once the weather turns nice.  Since I sealed the pots with a clear coat of polyurethane and the foliage is plastic, they should withstand the weather pretty well throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Revamped Decorative Trees

 

 

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