I am at it again but with a new twist on creating a tabletop tree out of a plunger. You must be thinking what in the world made her think of a plunger. Well, long story short, I was walking aimlessly in the aisles of the Dollar Tree trying to find something that no one else has created and so after an hour I ended up in the last aisle with cheap mops, brooms, and plungers. I literally stood there for a while comtemplating what I could do with a mop, then the broom, and then I looked at the plunger and the light came on.
The plunger makes a perfect base. The handle is soft wood and was easy to drill through. From the pictures you will see I have a few holes where I miscalculated the placement but who cares because it is covered by garland.
I priced the tabletop trees at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores and I was floored. I wanted a couple of them to decorate but did not want to spend $15 even if that was 1/2 off! I like my price tag better- $1 and use what I have- wire hangers and some garland stuff in a tote I never use. Plus for the tree skirt- a dollar store doily had found in the same tote (which I do not know why or how it got in there).
I even had some tinsel and tried to show you a bit how it would look if you wanted to do a colorful tree. You would do the same procedure but choose a color of tinsel garland you love.
How easy is this? The hardest part was drilling the holes in the right positions. You do not have to be exact but I measured 3″ up from the bottom of the plunger (top) and every 3″ after. I tried to show in the picture how to place the holes so the wire hangers are staggered. I cut 8 wire hangers into:
- 2 @ 15″
- 2@ 12″
- 2 @ 9″
- 2@ 6″
I hope you think outside the box and have fun creating. I also created a wooden and a bit more primitive tabletop tree with wooden dowels. Thank you for stopping by and if you like DIY and garden make sure to check out more on my blog.
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