A classic, Christmas Cranberry Tree (made the easy way)

I have a classic Christmas topiary today – a tutorial for making a Christmas Cranberry Tree. Perhaps you’ve admired Cranberry Topiaries in magazines and wondered “who has the time to glue on all those tiny berries??” I know I don’t and you probably don’t either. That’s why this Christmas Cranberry Tree is made the easy way with a string of beads. This also means it’s everlasting and you can display it for years. Here’s the easy, three-step, DIY Christmas Cranberry Tree.

I don't have time to make a real Cranberry Topiary, but this one is so easy! And it will last forever. CraftsnCoffee.com.
To make a Christmas Cranberry Tree (the easy way), you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Acrylic craft paint in red
  • Wooden bead garland, dark red*
  • Sphagnum moss, small amount
  • Red cardinal, or other treetop ornament
  • Optional: Preserved lemon or magnolia leaves, 24 – 30
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff bristle paintbrush; u-shaped floral pins; wire cutters

*If you can’t find the garland in your local craft stores, Christmas Central has one on sale for $5.99.

To make a Christmas Cranberry Tree (the easy way):

1. Paint cone red; let dry.

2. Starting at the bottom, glue the garland around cone. Where needed, insert floral pins between the beads and into the cone for extra hold. Continue wrapping garland around cone until it is completely covered.

3. Insert small pieces of moss into any gaps between beads. Glue on a red cardinal or other tree topper.

4. Optional: Glue preserved leaves around the bottom of the cone.

And you’re done. Pretty sweet!

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Christmas Cranberry Cone by Kathleen George.

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6 Responses to A classic, Christmas Cranberry Tree (made the easy way)

  1. Angie Dyer says:

    Love the new cranberry Christmas tree! I would never have thought to use the beads. The cardinal on top is perfect. This is one that you can enjoy for years to come!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Angie. It’s season-spanning, too. Make it now and display it from Fall through Winter. I guess you could call it a “once & done” craft, and who doesn’t love that? Sharon

  2. LisaM6 says:

    Very festive. The red just grabs you. Great tut.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lisa, The red beads really do look like cranberries, don’t they? I was just thinking how pretty this would be sprayed with glitter spray — what do you think? Happy crafting, Lisa. Sharon

  3. What a fabulous way to create a beautiful long lasting decoration!! LOVE this!! TFS!

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