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Thursday, December 7, 2023

DIY Tree Craft

Tulle-tastic Christmas Craft: DIY Tulle Tree in a Terra Cotta Pot - A Festive and Fabulous Home Decor Idea!

Release your creativity with our step-by-step guide to crafting a stunning DIY Christmas tree using tulle, a wood dowel, and a terra cotta pot. Transform your home with this festive and budget-friendly decoration. Perfect for the holidays and beyond – discover the joy of crafting with flair!

How to make a tulle christmas tree

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Confession time: I might have a tiny, almost microscopic penchant for shopping, at least according to my husband. But let's keep that between us; I have a reputation to uphold. It all started at the tender age of 18 when I discovered the unparalleled joy of earning and spending my own money. And so, my collection spree began.

Terra cotta pots, plates, bowls, blankets, flowers, milk glass, vases—basically anything I could snag at a "good price." Is this how hoarders are born? Possibly, but my husband swears I'm already there.

Now, faced with the challenge of condensing my treasure trove, I had an epiphany. Why not turn this abundance into some crafty masterpieces? Hence, the birth of countless crafting ideas marrying pieces together, and upcycling on the blog. Folks at Peddler's Junction seem to agree, given that several of my creations have sold. My heart swells with pride.

If you've been following along, you might recall a friend's wife gifting me a crafty tote, overflowing with spools of tulle. And what does one do with a plethora of tulle? Well, you create a Christmas tulle tree, of course!

I confess, I had no clue what I was doing when I embarked on this tulle tree journey. But hey, trial and error are the spice of life, right? The result? A charming Christmas tulle tree that could rival the stars perched atop our china cabinet.

Now, let's get down to business, shall we?

Materials Needed:

  1. 1 spool of tulle of your choice
  2. 1 wood dowel
  3. 1 terra cotta pot
  4. Styrofoam
  5. Paint
  6. Paint Brush 
  7. Hot glue
  8. Glue gun
  9. Scissors
  10. Star (if you choose)



  • Choose a terra cotta pot, I used a 4-inch terra cotta pot from Walmart 
  • Dry Brush terra cotta pot with your choice of color, I chose Ivory Chalk Paint by Waverly
  • Cut green styrofoam to size
  • Place a good dollop of hot glue in the bottom of your pot then place the styrofoam into the bottom, set aside
  • Begin cutting tulle into 10, 8, 7, 6, and 4 inch sections, I used gold glitter tulle for this tree
  • Push wood dowel down into the foam
  • Begin with the largest piece of tulle, at 10 inches, tie the tulle around the dowel and push down to the bottom of the top of the terra cotta pot and keep going until you have filled your tree out
  • You will cut 8 pieces of 10 inch tulle and tie them all around the dowel rod
  • Then tie off 10 pieces of 8 inch tulle 
  • Tie 4 pieces of 7 inch tulle around the wooden dowl rod
  • Tie 8 pieces of 6 inch tulle  
  • 9 pieces of 4 inch tulle around the wooden dowl rod until you reach the top of the wooden dowl
  • Leave enough room at the top for a star or ornament to finish off your tree
  • Drill a hole into the top of wood dowel rod to place DIY Xmas tree toppers to finish off your creations


  • Adjust the craft to your liking—more or less tulle, your call!
  • Gradually decrease the tulle length as you move up to create that perfect tree design
  • Don't forget to leave room at the top for a star or a fabulous ornament to cap off your masterpiece
  • As you tie the tulle, turn your pot a quarter turn for each piece, this will be helpful in distributing your tulle evenly over the trunk

Dry brush pot

DIY tulle tree

Easy DIY tulle tree

Tulle tree for adults

easy diy tulle tree for adults

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gold glitter tulle
I guess I missed taking a photo of measuring out 6 inches

christmas tulle

vintage graphics free

Terra cotta pot tree

DIY tabletop tree

I knew I wanted a way to finish the tree off, and I kept searching my stash, but the star at the top came at the eleventh hour.  I finally stumbled across many star picks I sometimes use to decorate our tree.  A simple cut of the long pick, a drilled hole later, some hot glue, and yeah we have a DIY tree topper!  There is just something about when a project finally comes together, isn't there?

Voila! A simple Christmas craft that, in my humble opinion, deserves to stay out longer than Christmas itself. I even threw in a vintage stamp picture I had saved—because why not? Crafting is all about those spontaneous touches. Now, who's up for trying this tulle-rrific project?

Happy crafting, my friends!

Don't forget to Pin for Later!

christmas tree tabletop diy

Happy Holidays!


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  1. Cara, I am so happy to hear you are enjoying selling your darling crafts. You are so creative. I adore your darling toole tree. I agree it is fun to experiment with new projects that we create in our heads. I would say you were very successful with this one.

    1. Thank you Wendy. Some days, I am like let's just see what happens for experimentation sake because I like to try new things. Marrying items together has been my mantra here lately so I can condense the items in our basement. It is getting quite cramped down there these days.

  2. Hi Cara! I am a fan of tulle, so I think this is the cutest idea! It turned out great and I'm going to have to put this on my idea list for next year! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

    1. Thank you Donna, this was an interesting one from the beginning, but I was happy with the way it turned out. I hope you get to make one next year!

  3. How much fun is this, Cara! I love all the sparkles in the tulle and how you added a decorative touch to the flower pot too. It's all so pretty! I can't wait to make some of my own. They would be perfect for so many different kinds of celebrations! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much CoCo, I have made terra cotta pots for a long time, but never really shared them here on the blog. I have given them for bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, so many possibilities. Even for birthdays, holidays, and break-ups!