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Tabletop Brush Tree Decoration

Decorate place settings, tables, or mantels with these simple Christmas trees you can make in an afternoon.

Decorative tree made from a shaped brush

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Wire cutters or hacksaw
  • Pliers
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks


  • 1-7/8-in hardwood bun foot, #236119
  • Poly fiber dusting wand, #260247
  • Rust-Oleum flat red spray primer
  • Rust-Oleum red gloss spray paint

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Step 1

Use pliers to remove the mounting screw from the bun foot. If you want a clear or painted finish on the wood, apply it now. (We left the one shown unfinished.)

Step 2

Trim the bristle end of the brush to leave about 6-1/2 inches of bristles on the wire. Leave the rest of the wire uncut to use as a handle while painting.

Step 3

Use scissors to taper the shape of the brush to a point. Leave about 1/4 inch of bare wire at the tip.

Step 4

Apply a coat of red primer to the tapered brush, working carefully to reach the wire and base of the bristles. Then apply two coats of red spray paint.

Step 5

Trim the wire to leave 3 inches of bare painted wire beneath the bristles. Test the fit of the wire inside the hole of the bun foot to check that the trunk of the finished tree will be the height you want.

Step 6

Place several drops of hot glue in the hole in the bun foot and quickly force the wire into the hole. Hold the wire upright until the glue cools.