Hello again friends!
Today I am unveiling the newest tree to our family…The Strawberry Tree.
Mary has four trees in her bedroom. Three are full-sized and a fourth is a tabletop tree filled with Nutcracker decorations. We had two full-sized last year and when we got the third one, she said it was to be decorated with strawberries.
Google Strawberry Christmas Tree or go on to Pinterest and type in Strawberry Christmas Tree…you’re going to find all kinds of wonderful edible trees. Don’t get me wrong, I love desserts but this is not what I was looking for.
I try to be creative and think outside the box–but I do rely on Pinterest to give me inspiration. There is limited Strawberry Tree inspiration out there. So, Mary and I are starting this journey alone. We definitely had to be creative and original for this task. The tree looks a little sparse right now. We’ll probably put our heads together through the coming year and create more decorations for next Christmas. For now, here’s what we have.
Mary had collected some strawberry ornaments last year thanks to her friend Brianna. This was our base.
Our colors are red and white. We decided to add a lime green to add some interest. Thinking of strawberry seeds, we tried to have some polka dots on the tree.
This strawberry ribbon had the colors we had chosen and worked so well throughout the tree.
We topped the tree with a large red and white checked ribbon bow.
I had these small wicker baskets that had been sitting in my craft room for many years. We pulled these out and decided to fill them with flowers and strawberries. Mary mixed brown paint and water to make a light stain for the baskets. It just toned down the lighter wicker color of the basket.
We couldn’t find affordable small strawberries to use in the baskets so we decided to make our own! The strawberries shown above were made with a mixture of Plaster of Paris and water that we put into silicone molds. (We made popsicles too…it will be next year before I share what we’re doing with those!)
As a bonus, Mary made a video of her unmolding the strawberries from the silicone mold. Once you start working with Plaster of Paris and silicone molds, you will be addicted just like us!
Mary painted them with craft paint. I hot glued floral stems to the back of the strawberries so I could stick them into the styrofoam bases used in the baskets. They are one-sided so I tried to cover their backsides with greenery.
I glued fabric inside the baskets and with hot glue. I also placed a dab of glue on the outside of the basket to hold the fabric in place to make it look like a picnic basket. I cut a styrofoam block (used for dry flowers) into small rectangles and sat them inside the basket. Using leftover small greenery from my wreath making stash, I filled the basket by sticking the stems into the foam. Each basket got one or two strawberries and some accents of white flowers. I could see the foam a little so I also pushed a little moss inside the baskets to cover it all up. You can pick up a bag of moss at the Dollar Tree.
Here’s a photo of Mary and Trevor sitting beside a few bottle brush trees with the new strawberry tree in the corner of her room.
I think Mary’s strawberry tree turned out pretty good for it’s first year! We will definitely be out looking for more strawberry ornaments this year and searching for new crafts to make to build on what we have. Mary always comes up with unique ideas that I turn my nose up to…but she has a way of pulling them off. For this tree, she did good.
This is all for today! Stay tuned for more Christmas fun!
Until next time,
PIN this for later! Strawberry Christmas Trees are hard to find!