How to Make a Vintage Santa Mug Christmas Tree

Do you love the look of vintage Santa mugs? Turns out, they make the perfect Christmas tree! In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own DIY Vintage Santa Mug Christmas Tree. It’s easy and fun, and it will add a touch of nostalgia to your holiday decor. So get ready to get crafty!

vintage Santa tree with lights

This DIY project is super simple, but it really brings an element of nostalgia to your home. The vintage Santas add instant Christmas cheer. You can follow this same idea for any holiday collection that you have, size permitting. Small nutcrackers or reindeer would look great. How about a collection of bottle brush trees or shiny-brites?

I love adding little trees to different rooms in my home. Did you see the adorable kitchen Christmas tree I shared HERE?

Here is the easy tutorial…

SUPPLIES needed for Vintage Santa Mug Christmas Tree

All the supplies needed can also be found HERE in my Amazon Shop!

  • Vintage Santa Mug Collection – mine are a mix of new and vintage
  • Miniature Tree
  • Mug Tree
  • Small Sign for Topper
  • Ribbon
  • Box or Riser
  • Scrap fabric
  • Optional Vintage Decor

supplies for mug tree

 

How to make a Kitchen Christmas Tree

gather your mug collection

Step 1.

Gather your Santa mugs in different shapes and sizes. Keep an eye out at thrift stores, vintage markets, flea markets, or yard sales to find your own Santas. You can also find them new at craft and home stores. 

vintage santa mugs

build your mug tree

STEP 2.

Take a mini tree and place it inside of a mug tree working the branches until they fill in all of the blank spots.

christmas tree in mug stand

You can find the mug holder that I used HERE.

mug tree

Be sure to really fluff the tree on all sides so it is nice and full.

tree in mug stand

place tree on a cardboard box

STEP 3.
Then I placed the trees on top of a cardboard box for height.
 
base of christmas tree
 

add buffalo check ribbon 

STEP 4.
I added buffalo check ribbons tied in simple knots for a pop of color and texture.
 

 

christmas tree over mug tree

add the santa mugs to the Christmas tree

STEP 5.

I started decorating with the largest mugs first moving on to medium size mugs and finally tiny mugs.

santa mugs on tree
 
Look at how pretty these vintage Santas look on the little tree:
 
close up of santa mugs on tree
 

add a fun tree topper 

STEP 6.

I topped the tree with a cute cup of cheer sign and a bow to match.

 

close up of santa mug tree topper

decorate your santa Christmas Tree

STEP 7.

Underneath, I added a polka dot scrap fabric skirt on top of the cardboard box along with some additional vintage items making a Christmas vignette.

 

vintage Santa tree with lights

So what do you think of my vintage Santa mug tree? Do you have a collection of vintage items you could make a tree with? 

vintage santa mug Christmas Tree

Here are a few other ways to decorate with your Santa mug tree. 

  • Display it in an entryway on a buffet table to greet friends and family. 
  • Place it next to a hot cocoa bar as a gorgeous centerpiece. 
  • Add it to your kitchen island, or table for a festive look. 

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE OTHER DIY CHRISTMAS IDEAS!

 

vintage santa mug tree pin with text overlay

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Vintage Santa Mug Christmas Tree

Gather your favorite Santa mug collection to make the cutest lighted Christmas tree.
Keyword: christmas, Christmas decor, Christmas tree theme

Equipment

  • Fabric Scissors

Materials

  • A collection of mugs
  • Miniature tree
  • Mug tree
  • Small sign for topper
  • Ribbon
  • Box or riser
  • Scrap fabric
  • Optional vintage decor

Instructions

  • Take a mini tree and place it inside of a mug tree working the branches until they fill in all of the blank spots.
  • Place the trees on top of a cardboard box for height.
  • Add buffalo check ribbons tied in simple knots for added color and texture.
  • Start decorating with the largest mugs first moving on to medium size mugs and finally tiny mugs.
  • Top the tree with a cute cup of cheer sign and a bow to match.
  • Add a polkadot scrap fabric skirt on top of the cardboard box along with some additional vintage items making a Christmas vignette.

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