Glittery Toilet Paper Tube Christmas Trees

Hi everyone! Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? I’ve been glitterizing everything in sight and having a ball. My sweet sister, who is still in town, came over one night this past week and we glittered together like crazy.

After we left my workroom, my daughter laughed when she saw us–our faces were covered with the stuff. Ah, the life of a crazed crafter. So today, the project I’m sharing is a toilet paper tube Christmas tree, involving plenty of the aforementioned glitter.

Glittery Toilet Paper Tube Trees, Adirondack Girl @ Heart
We’ll be making glittery Christmas trees, like the ones you see here in scrumptious shades of pink, aqua, green, and white.

Glittery TP tube Christmas trees with vintage Putz house
They are the candy confection of Christmas trees, and I love how they work with little vintage Putz houses.

Glittery tp tube Christmas trees with new Putz housesOr with newer versions, like these little wooden buildings I glitterized last year.

TP Tube Glitter Trees
This close up view gives you a better idea of what the end product looks like.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper tubes (2 or more)
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Foam brushes
  • Craft paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Extra-fine white or crystal glitter

STEP 1: Form the Tree Shape

Cut toilet paper tube
First, cut your toilet paper tube up the side.

Patter for tp tube christmas tree
Then draw and cut out a pattern that looks something like this. I have to warn you in advance, not all toilet paper tubes are the same size. For you perfectionists out there, this might make you crazy.

But for these babies, you have to be flexible: You are not making perfect trees; you are making fun trees. If things don’t come together perfectly, don’t sweat it. Things can be trimmed and touched up and glitterized. All will be fine in the end.

TP Tube Christmas Tree Pattern
Now it’s time to trace your pattern onto your toilet paper tube and cut it out. You may have to fudge things a bit, but like I said, all will be fine in the end. I promise.

Gluing tp tube Christmas tree together
Use a scoring tool or ball point pen to make your score line. You just made the “tab” where you’re going to apply your glue. Fold it back and forth a few times. Take a second to shape your cone without any glue involved.

You may need to work out some kinks in your cardboard before you’re ready to glue. 

It may require some reshaping to make a nice cone shape. Next, lay a bead of hot glue on your “tab.” I usually glue the top half first, and then the lower half after.

unpainted tp tube Christmas trees
Now you should have a nicely glued cone, ready to paint. If you’re dissatisfied with the shape, try working it out with your fingers. You can even use the eraser end of a pencil, tucked up into the cone tip to press outward if necessary.

Step 2: Paint & Glitter Your Tree

painted tp tube Christmas Tree

It’s time to apply a coat of pretty paint to your tree–pink or aqua will do nicely. Next brush on an even coat of Modge Podge over the entire surface and then sprinkle with your glitter.

I used extra fine white or crystal glitter for all of my trees. I’m very happy with the coverage of the extra fine and I think the results are pretty spectacular.

White, green, pink toilet paper tube glittery Christmas trees
Your tree should now look something like this pink one in front. Yea! You’re done. BUT, if you would like your tree to have a trunk, then move onto Step II.

STEP 3: Make the Trunk

TP Tube Christmas Tree Trunk Tutorial

Now, for the trunk. Make a cut down the side of your second tp tube, as you did to the first (for your tree), then score down the short side about 1/2″ from the end. Clip to the score line all along the edge, about every 1/2″ or so.

Roll your tube into a pretty tight cylinder and use hot glue all along the edge to adhere. Pull out your clipped bits to create flower-y looking thing. Paint it brown, if you like.

Now you’re going to put hot glue on top of the flower “petals” and then stick this up inside your tree quite firmly. The petals give your trunk something to adhere to the inner walls of your tree.

Step 4: Make the Tree Base

2 inch diameter base
In order for your tree to stand properly, you need to make a base.  Cut a 2″ diameter cardboard circle and paint it white. Glue the bottom of your tree trunk to the center of the white circle and you’re done!

Close up of TP Tube Chrismtas tree with trunk and base
Here’s a view of one of my trees with a trunk and base (ignore the bits of glitter clinging to the side of the trunk!).

TP Tube Glittery Tree Village
They make a lovely accent for other small and glittery pieces, as I said, like Putz houses, bottle brush trees, mercury glass trees, small bulbs and more.

You may notice in the back a pink tree, taller than the rest. I made him from a paper towel tube, using all the same concepts I used for the smaller versions.

Close up of green, white, and pink glittery tp tube tree
I must warn you, these guys can be addicting to make! Happy crafting–

Other posts you might like:

Make a toilet paper tube birdhouse ornament

Make Clothespin Angel Christmas ornaments (shows white angel)

 

 

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  1. I love these! Pastels are so pretty with glitter and the Putz houses. I think after seeing so many of them I’m going to have to start collecting them! Great upcycling project!
    xoKathleen

  2. Diana, these glitter trees are so cute!! I like the colors you chose. It’s such a pretty repurpose of toilet paper and paper towel rolls!!! 🙂

  3. Oh my I am in love with your Christmas trees. Beautiful and so easy to make. You have inspired me to make some, because I did not want to buy them at the store (too much money)

    1. Thanks so much Vanessa; I hope you enjoy making them–would love to see the results if you ever get the chance 🙂

  4. HI Diana – Visiting as a fellow contributor to the #HomeForChristmas blog tour. You would have no idea that your glitter village was made from TP rolls! Insane creativity! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season! Hugs, Holly

    1. Hi Holly–thanks for stopping by and being so kind 🙂 I’m popping over to visit your project now. Merry Christmas!

  5. Never would have known what these were made from, too darn pretty and great tut on how to make the tree part!

  6. They are so pretty in the pastel colors. Great job and easy to follow tutorial. Beautifully displayed with the Putz houses. I know that glitter really makes them special, but when I use glittered decorations, it is all over the house.
    Price to pay for pretty decorations.

  7. Diana, I remember admiring our adorable glittery houses last year. I love the addition of the glittery trees – so cute. Pinned to share 🙂

  8. I am always on the lookout for ways to repurpose toilet paper rolls since I end up with so many of them which is what I think happens to all of us. LOL Your Christmas trees are a wonderful idea! They look fabulous and your tutorial showing how you made them is excellent. Thank you!

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  11. These are beautiful! Wouldn’t it be pretty to have a whole bunch of them both large and small? I wish you were here right now..I got a new print in the mail and it came in a tube about 8″ around and 4′ tall!! They must have been out of smaller tubes because there was no need for this. I’m trying to figure out something good to do with it.

  12. Fabulous idea about the toilet paper rolls! I saw a blog post somewhere this week about toilet paper rolls selling on ebay, and before that a post on G+ how someone made faces with toilet paper rolls, so NOW I’m going to have to save toilet paper rolls!

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  14. Did I miss something somewhere? What are Putz houses? I have just now found your TP Christmas trees and I absolutely LOVE them. Guess what I am going to be making for Christmas!?

    1. Hi Nell–so glad you stopped by 🙂 Putz houses are antique German (and later, Japanese) cardboard houses used to create Christmas villages a hundred or so years ago. Sometimes they are painted, sometimes glittered, sometimes with cellophane windows, sometimes with a tiny, bottle brush tree. They are very collectible and great to decorate with. Good luck with your trees!! Send me a photo and I’ll include it in a future post 🙂

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