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How to Make a Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Use old baby food jars and a little holiday magic to create an earth-friendly and beautiful decoration for your Christmas table.


  • Step 1: Clean and dry baby food jars Clean and dry all of the baby food jars. Remove any labels, and set the lids aside.
  • Step 2: Glue the jars into the shape of a tree Set the jars on their sides and glue them into the shape of a tree, with a row of five jars forming the bottom, followed by a row of four, then three, then two, and finally one jar. Allow each row to dry before adding the next row.
  • TIP: Use two blocks of wood or other heavy objects to brace the rows as they dry.
  • Step 3: Punch holes in each jar lid Punch a hole in each jar lid. Use the hammer to tap the screwdriver until it makes a small hole, and then move the screwdriver back and forth until the hole is large enough to house a Christmas light.
  • Step 4: Cover holes with tin foil Cover each hole with a piece of tin foil to protect your hands while making the tree.
  • Step 5: Insert lights into each lid; put lids on jars Insert a Christmas light into each lid. Then put the lids back on the jars so that the lights are inside. Leave the cord hanging from the bottom of the tree.
  • TIP: Choose a strand of lights that matches your home decor. Clear or single-color strands give a unified look, while multicolored strands will reflect light in different ways.
  • Step 6: Add ribbon and other decorations Add ribbon and other decorations. Wrap a large ribbon around the outside of the tree and tie a bow on top. Use glue to keep your decorations in place.
  • TIP: Paint small pinecones or dried leaves brushed with metallic paint or gather sprigs of holly to add to the decorations. Use cinnamon sticks to give off a delicious aroma.
  • Step 7: Use painted cardboard to finish the back Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of your tree. Paint it metallic silver or gold to match your color scheme, and glue it to the back of the tree to hide the jar lids.
  • Step 8: Plug the lights into the nearest outlet Place your tree on a table or in the window and plug it in. Dim your house lights and enjoy your new homemade source of Christmas cheer.
  • FACT: On December 24, 1923, President Coolidge pushed the button to officially light the first National Christmas tree.

You Will Need

  • 15 baby food jars
  • White glue
  • A hammer
  • A screwdriver
  • Tin foil
  • Christmas lights
  • Ribbon
  • A bow
  • Metallic paint
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Two blocks of wood (optional)
  • Small pinecones (optional)
  • Dried leaves (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)

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