A Christmas Kitchen Tree: The Perfect Recipe for Holiday Decor

6 Materials
30 Minutes
Adding a little holiday cheer to unexpected places is fun and helps to create a warm and welcoming home. Using a colander as it's base and vintage kitchen odds and ends, (measuring spoons and cookie cutters)...I created a fun kitchen tree...a perfect recipe for holiday magic for any kitchen.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchen...and that is especially true during the holidays.
I started with a red colander. I picked this one up new, from Walmart.
I placed a kitchen towel in the bottom. I planned to add wood shavings to cover the base and the towel helped to prevent the little wood bits from making a mess on the counter. The towel also filled some of the empty space and helped to secure the tree inside the colander. Other options include: cling wrap, or crumpled newspaper. --basically, plan to cover the holes in the bottom in some way to prevent the shavings from making a mess (if using)
Add a small faux tree.
Cover the tree base and fill the colander with wood shavings ( available in the dried naturals section of most craft stores) Or cover base of tree with a festive holiday dish towel. Begin placing small kitchen tools onto the tree. (biscuit cutters, teaspoons, measuring cups, holiday cookie cutters) Consider tying on cinnamon stick bundles, for a fragrant option.
I had a few mason jar ornaments that seem to go perfectly on this tree
Christmas in the Kitchen is complete!! Visit the blog: Blue Ribbon Kitchen for more award-winning recipes and holiday inspiration. Thanks so much for visiting Hometalk!!
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  • Billie Reece Billie Reece on Dec 16, 2017
    What did you use to anchor the tree? Something that had to be heavy enough to balance it, right?

  • Car28275795 Car28275795 on Dec 18, 2017
    Can the puny branches hold the glass mason jars which are kinda heavy? Also pots?

  • Lyn54281183 Lyn54281183 on Oct 29, 2021

    How did you anchor the tree in the colender?

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  • Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson on Dec 29, 2017
    Great job. I did something similar to this when I had a large home. I put trees up in almost every room, decorated specifically for that room. My kitchen tree was decorated with cookie cutters and ribbons and a few edible cookies too. I think I even used measuring spoons. It was a fun tree to do.

  • Betty Osborne Betty Osborne on Jan 01, 2018
    Like it! I collect teapots and has a small tree decorated with teapots that I leave up all year.

    • Kim Kim on Aug 13, 2018

      Could you post a picture? I collect teapots, as well!