If you’re following The Shabby Tree then you already know that I love trees of all kinds. I was going through my craft supplies and realized that I have a lot of seed starting pots. These pots are great for crafting with and I think we can use a few to create a small decorative tree.

The supplies that I will be using are:

1. Five 3” seed starting pots

2. Seven “2 seed starting pots

3. One sheet of cream colored card stock paper

4. Hot glue 5. Scissors

6. Eleven wooden beads ( you want your wooden beads the size of your dowel)

7. One small wooden dowel 12” inches long

8. Rust-oleum spray paint ( color Heirloom White)

9. Small piece of styrofoam ( optional)

The first thing I did was trace the bottom of the 3” pots five times onto the cream card stock paper. You will cut them out and glue them to the bottom of all five 3” pots.

You will use the scissors to make a small hole in the center of the cream paper.

Place the dowel down into the first pot and then slide on one wooden bead.

Place some hot glue between the paper and the bead.

The next step is to cut the rim off of the second 3” pot.

Once you have the rim cut off you will cut slits into the pot as shown in photo below.

Your slits can be a half inch to one inch apart.

Once you have the strips formed you will then trim the ends to a point

Once you have the ends cut to a point you will then curve out the strips with your hand. Be carful not to rip the strips when curving them.

Add more glue to the top of the wooden bead and slide the next cup down over the bead.

Once you have the cup slid down onto the bead you will the. Slide another bead down the dowel. Be sure to add the hot glue between all the beads.

You will continue to cut the other 3” inch cups the same way but go shorter with the strips each time.

Once you have all the 3” inch cups in place you will then cut the 2” cups.

We did not add the cream paper to the 2” inch cups because they did not have a big hole like the 3” cups.


You will cut and add all the 2” inch cups the same way. The strips can be cut as short as you want them to be. The wooden bead will keep all the cups evenly separated.

Once you get to the top you will cut a star out of the cream paper.

I traced a star cookie cutter onto a double sheet. This will give you 2 star cut outs to glue together and then slip onto the dowel.

I spray painted the tree with the Heirloom White colored spray paint.

I tried not to spray paint the bottom pot of the tree.

I decided to add some Gold Leaf colored Rub’n Buff. This is optional but I love the look of the gold.

This tree is very easy to make and can be made in a variety of sizes. I hope you will get creative and give this a try.