Early this holiday season I came across fresh bay leaf trees by Pottery Barn. Birch bark and sparkly silver set against the soft green trees seemed like a perfect pairing. Their fresh bay leaf trees sold out quickly, but I knew the trees could easily be replicated for a fraction of the price, using dried bay leaves instead.
To make Bay Leaf Trees all you need is:
one large container of dried bay leaves
Aleen’s Tacky Line Roll
paper mache cones or poster board formed into cones.
Purchase whole, dried bay leaves at a big box wholesaler like Sam’s Club or Costco. It will only cost approximately $3! You can use paper mache cones or make your own cone out of poster board and tape. My smallest tree is poster board. Take your tacky line roll and apply a strip of the glue around your cone.
Remove the plastic backing and gently press nice, whole, bay leaves against the glue strip, slightly overlapping each other. Apply another strip of tacky line roll glue around the cone and add your next layer of leaves. Repeat this process until you reach the top of the cone. Just make sure the cone is fully covered.
That’s all there is to it, unbelievably simple! Now you can display your Bay Leaf Trees. Pour Epsom salts onto a platter for an instant snowy winter scape!
I trimmed a few wax myrtle branches from the yard and placed them in a pitcher. A few small, silver ornaments adorn the branches for a whimsical touch.
My paper mache angel, was gold and worn looking, so she received a mini makeover with a quick spray of silver.
The Bay Leaf Trees are so versatile and will fit in with any style of holiday décor whether you’re modern, rustic, shabby chic, eclectic or something in between! Another wonderful benefit of these easy to make and inexpensive trees is their smell! They make me want to cook!
Give these Bay Leaf Trees a try! You’ll love them! For another easy tree to make, try these coastal inspired Capiz Christmas Trees!