Lighting Up Tiny Trees!

December 8, 2017

 

First, there were tiny houses, now we’d like to introduce you to tiny trees.

These cute little guys come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  Both real and fake, they are perfect for small apartments and make lovely table accents.

We love them because they are super-easy to decorate, look great around the house and make fantastic gifts.

Don’t you know someone who’d love a little easy-to-manage Holiday decoration?

(I’ll be giving one to my Great Aunt Laverne!)

They also make great hostess gifts.

We like to put them at the end of the sofa.

 

 

Materials

 

Here’s a little forest of tiny trees.  These were all found at our local hobby stores.  Keep an eye out for Christmas sales and coupons before purchasing!

This entire project will work just as well for small real Norfolk pines and small rosemary trees.  (Like the rosemary tree we used as part of brightening up an entryway.)

 

 

Some trees are tinier than others.  Traditional and made of tinsel.  Average prices $8-$16.

 

 

You might already have the lights you’ll need for this project in your craft stash. For the denser tiny trees, these craft lights are a good choice because you can tuck the wiring into the branches. This set was a great match for our small, dense, traditional tree.

We chose multi because it’s so Christmas-ey but white or any other color is a great choice.  This string has 35 lights spaced 3 inches apart.  There are 36 inches of wire between the plug and first light so you might not need to use an extension cord.

 

 

Here is the string of the fairy lights we used in our other three trees. This is a set of lights we keep in our purses and map pockets for battery light emergencies.

This is a shot of the yellow string that we used on the green tinsel tree.  The other trees have white lights.  Either yellow or white work great.

 

 

As it turns out, the hobby stores and big box stores carry mini-ornaments and tree skirts that are meant to be used with trees of smaller stature. We chose traditional gold with black and a package of pastel ornaments.  For our little green tree, we used super small traditionally colored balls.

 

 

 

See the little tiny plastic ornaments on the dark green tree?  So cute!!

 

We wrapped each tree with lights then added ornaments.  Have fun choosing color combinations. This project is perfect for rainy days when kids are on Winter Break.

The tinsel tree with yellow battery lights.  This little guy is such a show-stopper, we stopped at the lights.

(We’ve actually done this with our real Christmas tree but that’s another day’s story.)

 

White with pastel ornaments and white battery lights.

 

Traditional with small plastic ornaments and glass craft lights.

 

Super-chic black tree accented with black and gold.

 

We look forward to using these trees in tablescapes and dropping one or two off with friends.

What will you do with your tiny trees?

Here are a few more photos!!  We look forward to seeing yours.  Share them on Instagram.  @christmaslightsource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shellie Gardner
Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

3 thoughts on “Lighting Up Tiny Trees!”

  1. Ms Shellie, hope you are well. I have a half of small tree
    Its about 6 ft tall and you hang it on a wall. It beautiful but
    several of the bulb are out. They are very small and appear
    to be similar to the fairy lights. The strip in the picture above.
    I will enclose a pic of one of the bulbs, I purchased this tree
    over 25 yrs ago. If you could help or point me in the direction
    of these lights. It would be appreciated
    Please advise

    1. Hello Rob,

      That sounds like a fun Christmas tree.

      That does look like a standard mini light bulb. If you are looking for replacement bulbs, try to find a tag near your extension cord that will tell you what voltage the bulbs are because you’ll need to find a replacement bulb with a voltage rating that matches that number. This can be tricky.

      Is it possible to replace the lights with a new string? Incandescent Christmas lights have an estimated lifespan of 1500-3000 hours. You may be nearing the end of this string’s lifespan.

      You might consider counting the number of bulbs and making a note of the spacing between them and replacing them this season.

      We sell blue Christmas tree lights similar to the one in your photo that come with different bulb counts and spacing here.

      I can’t be 100% sure that if you bought a string of lights with blue bulbs that they could be used as a replacement. There could be a difference in both voltage and the size of the base.

      Good luck with your project. I hope I’ve been some help. Let us know if you have more questions.

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