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Silver Tinsel Tree Was Once A Scraggly Charlie Brown Tree

Charlie Brown Would Love My Silver Tinsel Tree

When I found the scraggly Charlie Brown Christmas Tree I knew a silver tinsel tree was in my future. I love metallic silver and tinsel and Christmas trees so why not put all those things together. Of course I had to spice up the silver with some fun brightly colored ornaments.

Silver Tinsel Tree Was Once A Scraggly Charlie Brown Tree

Silver Tinsel Tree

I only had one issue with the project: finding the perfect tree topper. The third time was a charm. More on that later.



flea market shabby tree

I found the little shabby tree, the Charlie Brown tree, at the shop where I have my booth. It was $2 and I thought that was a pretty good deal.

I brought it home and the thing started falling apart. I picked the tree up from my work table to move it and the upper part of the tree came off. I guess I shouldn’t have picked it up by holding the very top branch of the tree. The top branch wasn’t all that came off. The more I worked with the tree the more branches that fell off.

trimming the tree

After putting everything back together with the help of pliers and glue I had to do a bit of tree trimming ( and I don’t mean decorating).

Some of the branches were really long and stuck out too far. A clip here and there with the wire cutters took care of those.

pots from Ikea

The original pot for the tree was way too tiny. I pulled these two from my stash. Both of them happened to come from IKEA. I bought them a while ago and on different shopping trips so I don’t remember the prices but I know they had to be on sale or clearance for me to buy them. I wasn’t sure which one would work the best until I got the tree painted.

Rust_Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish project Petticoat Junktion

I used my favorite Rust-Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Spray Paint, Aluminum color. I don’t usually paint furniture with spray paint but I have with this one.

pom pom balls from Michaels

The big bag of pom pom balls came from Michaels. I found them on clearance at the end of summer. I think they were maybe $1 per container…..or less.

I love yarn pom pom balls but I hate to make them. I have several ideas for projects with the pom poms. But right now some of them are going to become ornaments.

hot glue for tinsel tree project

I put them on the tree with hot glue. I used the blue and fuchsia pom poms and I have a bunch left for the other projects I have in mind. Sofi suggested I put them on picture frames. She comes up with some great ideas.

As you can see in the photo I decided the silver bucket worked best for the tree. The color and size were perfect.

white stones for diy project

I set the tree, original pot and all, into the silver bucket. I had a ton of fun adding the white rock to the bucket trying to keep the tree centered (sarcasm). I was wearing the latex gloves because as happens in a lot of my projects…..I couldn’t wait for the tree to dry completely. No patience.

spray paint a small Chrismtas tree

My only issue was the tree topper. I first selected a couple of pieces of junk jewelry, glued them together, and put them on the tree. At that point, I thought I was done. I took photos of the finished tree. I didn’t like the topper.

Next I found the plastic rose knob in my used furniture knob stash and spray painted it blue. I didn’t like that either. A Christmas tree needs a star topper, right?

painting a wood star for the tree

The only thing I didn’t have in my stash was a star for the tree. I had tiny wood stars but bigger is always better. I bought a package of wood stars at Hobby Lobby.

I painted one star fuchsia and one star blue. The fuchsia star looked the best with the tree but it needed a bit of sparkle. A brushing of Glitterific Acrylic paint and it was ready for the tree.

Tinsel Tree with Pom Pom Ornaments project by Petticoat Junktion

All done and sitting in the granddaughters bedroom. What do you think of the new look? How about the pom pom ornaments?
Charlie Brown tree makeover


Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. oh my gosh, what a fun little tree! I love the pom poms! I am off to check out your other pom pom projects!

  2. What an awesome makeover … it looks so cute now! Totally inspired to grab a thrift store tree the next time I see one.

  3. I’m sure your little tree is making a certain someone wake up happy during this Christmas season! I laughed at your “no patience” comment; I always wish the glue would dry faster and I hate waiting overnight! Instant gratification makes me so much happier;) Fun hopping with you!

  4. That tree went from pitiful to perfect. Pom poms were just right on it. Who knew…………
    I agree with Colleen that the metal bucket is begging for a Christmas stencil – maybe a star? Great job!

  5. You are so clever to think to turn a faux tree into a silver one with spray paint. I like how you decorated it with colorful pom-poms.

  6. I think you did a wonderful job on the little tree. Some people (me) would have probably given up when it started falling apart. Very cute.

  7. This is so cute, Kathy. You have such a knack for transforming junk into something pretty! I love the new silver color and the pom pom ornaments are so fun. And the star topper is perfect. I guess the 3rd time is the charm! So clever!

  8. Kathy, I just love your little tree. It’s so bright and fun and the size is perfect for just about any place in the house. I honestly never thought about making a tinsel tree from an artificial tree with spray paint. Great idea!