How to Spray Paint your own White Christmas Tree

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How to spray paint your own white christmas tree, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollDo you love holiday decorating on a budget? I do. I like the challenge of making something fabulous out of things I already have or out of items that cost a fraction of the price. This project is exactly one of those!  How to Spray Paint Your Own White Christmas Tree!

It all started because I have been searching and searching for a vintage white Christmas tree and have had the hardest time finding one…. even searching on eBay, I've not had any luck yet. As I said, I enjoy a craft challenge so I decided to see if I couldn't come up with a pretty (& fun!) plan B. And, it worked!!

I transformed this inexpensive fake Christmas tree that I got from my local Michaels craft store into a wintery-white tree that has just enough creaminess to give it that slightly vintage feel.

Here's how I did it:

How to spray paint your own white christmas tree BEFORE, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll:: Supplies ::
1 Tabletop Christmas tree
1 can of White spray paint
1 can of Almond colored spray paint

In the photo above you can see how my tree started out. A basic green tree, pretty but definitely not wintery-white! So, bring on the spray paint!

How to spray paint your own white christmas tree DURING, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollBe sure you are in a well-ventilated area because there is just no getting around the fact that spray paint is smelly work!

I recommend painting the tree while it is sitting on a surface that can get messy and let it dry for a few minutes.

Paint the tree sitting on a table (or another surface) first. Then, hold the tree upside down and spray it again.

That will help you get the best coverage in all those nooks and crannies of the branches.

The photo above shows the tree with a coat of white spray paint. It's looking more white but still not quite magical. So, I decided to coat it with a light layer of almond colored spray paint.

The creamy color of the almond colored spray paint gives it warmth and lends to the vintage feel.

How to spray paint your own white christmas tree closeup, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollThis closeup shows how the branches look.

I love how this project turned out!!

Be sure to let the tree dry completely before putting any ornaments on it.

Also, my tree took a while for the spray paint smell to go away so, I don't recommend doing this right before a party.

Allow at least 48 hours for the scent to begin to go… and even then there could be a slight smell. I don't smell anything now (a couple of weeks later) but it was a bit stinky for the first few days.

How to spray paint your own white christmas tree, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollAnd there you have it!How to Spray Paint Your Own White Christmas Tree in 2 easy steps! And you end up with a creamy wintery-white Christmas tree! No snow needed 🙂

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog


9 thoughts on “How to Spray Paint your own White Christmas Tree

  1. Marisa says:

    How clever of you to think of a way of getting the tree you want. It is always wise to have a plan B to fall back on. There have been times when I’ve gone on to plan G. Yep! There are those days and projects. I will definitely remember the white tree. Perhaps I’ll wait for some sales at Hobby Lobby – it is only a few minutes from our house 🙂

  2. Jill flory says:

    Jennifer!!!! I love this so much! I was wishing I could try to do this to my big tree – might have to give it a shot next fall – only thing I’m concerned about is the lights since it’s a prelit tree – not sure I’m up to taping them all off!!! Love knowing what paint to use to get the look I want!!

  3. Michelle says:

    Love this, but curious how well the painted Stuck. Did it rub off easy? I have tons of green garland and I’m thinking about spraying some gold metallic to match my decor, but I’m worried it will flake off and be unpleasant when I hang it on my staircase.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Michelle! I’m happy to report that my tree is still going strong! I haven’t had trouble with the paint rubbing off or anything like that – although I will tell you we don’t handle it much either so that may be a factor, but I just pulled it back out of the attic for decorating this year and it looks great! Good luck with your painting – gold sounds glorious!!

  4. Candice says:

    What a great way to get the look and color you want! Spray paint is a miracle worker!

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