Hello! Today I’m sharing how to create a DIY Easter tree with a vintage tin!
You guys. I’ve had an empty tea tin sitting in my pantry for YEARS! I just haven’t been able to get rid of it because of 1) the pretty colors on it, 2) the vintage look of it, and 3) the possibility that I could use it for something at some point. Well, that something at some point is this week! I tend to not hoard anything un-necessary but I’m SO glad I held on to this tin. The inspiration for this Easter tree came from a magazine that I recently read. This project is easy, versatile, and budget-friendly. Follow along as I show you how to make this DIY Easter tree with a vintage tin!
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- a vintage or vintage-looking tin
- floral foam
- hot glue gun and sticks
- blooming branch (faux or real)
- Easter eggs
Directions for a DIY Easter Tree with a Vintage Tin
*Plug in your hot glue gun now to let it heat up!*
- Cut the floral foam to size.
I just roughly measured the width of my tin and cut the foam to fit. Do a test fit to make sure the foam isn’t too big or too small.
- Next, trim the branch stem to length. I chose to use a faux stem since, here in Minnesota, the weather hasn’t given us any flowering blooms yet.
Using floral cutters, cut the main branch down. I left the bottom portion (the part that will stick into the floral foam) at roughly 5 inches. Depending on the size of your floral foam and tin, that number may be larger or smaller.
Then you can insert the stem into the foam.
Find the center of the foam and press the stem into it. If it feels lopsided, move the branches around. The beauty of using a faux stem is that you can bend and move the branches around without breaking them!
- Next, you are going to push moss down into the cracks.
This helps to add a little weight to the base, keeping the tree centered and stable. Keep adding moss until all the cracks are sealed. Tip: I really stuffed moss into my tin, pushing it down with my fingers until it wouldn’t go down any further.
- Next, using a hot glue gun, glue moss around the base of the tree.
Work in small sections for this step. Squeeze a dime-sized amount of glue, place moss onto that glue, then move to the next section.
Continue this process until the floral foam is covered with moss. To make it look a little more natural, I arranged some of the moss so that it draped over the sides of the tin.
Let the moss dry then pull of any excess glue strings.
That concludes the foam and stem portion of this project. Now let’s move on to the egg ornaments!
Creating Egg Ornaments
For the ornaments, I used the eggs that I made in my recent DIY, 2 Spring Crafts From The Dollar Store. They look like this!
I decided to re-purpose this egg craft into the ornaments for my Easter tree! The painted colors on my eggs were an exact match to the colors of my tin. It was meant to be! You can easily follow these same steps by using plastic eggs from the Dollar store or craft store. Or, if you would like to make eggs similar to mine, follow the link above and it will take you to the tutorial for them.
Directions For The Egg Ornaments
- Using twine, make a roughly 1.5 inch loop and knot it at the bottom.
Then, using a scissors, trim the ends of the loop.
- Take one egg, place it upright, and squeeze a small dot of hot glue on the very top.
Then, gently place the knotted end of the twine loop on the hot glue.
Hold in place for 10 seconds and then place it on a flat surface to dry completely. Continue the above steps until you have loop hangers on your desired amount of Easter eggs.
I made 7 ornaments, which was a good amount for the branch. You don’t want to use too many and make your branch too heavy!
- Once the egg ornaments have dried, you can start arranging them on your branch.
I tried to hang my eggs so that 2 of the same color were not hanging next to each other. You also need to space them evenly around the branch so that it doesn’t get top heavy.
I let this arrangement of my tree sit on the floor for awhile to make sure it didn’t tip over. The tall middle branch kept wanting to wander to the right, so I ended up bending that branch, and then a few other ones, to make the whole tree look more realistic. When you move your tree to it’s permanent location, make sure to move really slowly.
4. Display your Easter tree!
I decided to place my Easter tree on the shelf in the living room that holds all of my vintage enamelware. The left side of the shelf really needed some height and this tree was the perfect piece! The colors on the tin match the colors of the enamelware perfectly. The placement of a vintage book underneath the tree made the whole display feel more cohesive to me. It all ties together so nicely and the pops of pink from the flowers really adds color to that wall.
You can also display your tree as a centerpiece on your dining table, style it into a vignette, or place it on an entry table as a welcoming sight for guests!
I’m SO happy with how this DIY Easter tree with a vintage tin turned out! It’s the perfect amount of Easter with a vintage twist. This tree is also a versatile piece of decor. It can be switched around for the seasons by using different ornaments such as lemons for summer or American flags for the patriotic holidays. You can also take the eggs off after Easter and leave the tree out as is as decor for the warmer months ahead!
I hope you found encouragement in this project today! As always, use my steps as a guide but be inspired to put your own spin on it to make it your own. With creativity as your guide, you too can make a beautiful Easter tree for your home.
Did you enjoy this post? Do you have another idea? Let me know in the comments!
For more home decor DIY projects, head over and visit my friend Meagan at Decorative Inspirations and Kathleen at Our Hopeful Home. Both of these ladies are so talented and have amazing ideas for DIY projects!
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I love this idea my friend! The tea tin is so perfect!!
I love this Rachel! I love how some of your eggs color coordinate with the color of the tin. It looks fabulous!!
Thank you, my friend!!!
So pretty, Rachel. I love how you’ve tied the eggs with gardener’s twine. And that tin is such a perfect color for spring!
Hi Deb! Thank you!!! I’m so happy that I hung on to that tin!
Your easter tree looks wonderful in your tin ~ great idea! Here via Vintage Charm.
Hi Allyson! Thank you and thanks for stopping by today!
What a lovely idea. Your Easter tree looks great 🙂 stopping by from the link-up
Hi Claire! Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!!
What a great way to use this vintage tin, Rachel! It’s such a beautiful way to use what you have. I love the eggs you created, the branches you’ve used – I just love it all! Big hugs, CoCo
Hi CoCo! Thank you!!! I always appreciate hearing from you! Hope you have a lovely weekend!
I’ve made these trees before but never in a tin — genius! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
Thanks so much Kathleen!!!