Plastic Spoon & Fork Christmas Trees (Easy Dollar Store Christmas Centerpiece Idea)

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plastic spoon and fork Christmas trees craft

If you’re looking for a unique and inexpensive holiday craft, check out these fun DIY Christmas trees using an unexpected craft supply! 🎄

I made this festive centerpiece by simply hot gluing plastic spoons and forks to craft cones! You can use any color spoon you’d like or even spray paint the entire tree after it’s been glued to customize it. The best part is, most of the supplies can be found at the dollar store.

supplies to make spoon trees

DIY Plastic Spoon or Fork Christmas Trees

Supplies Needed:

plastic fork tree


  • Paint the cone the same color as your plastic forks, and let dry.
  • Cut the handles off of forks using wire cutters.
  • Start from the bottom and glue forks (facing out) around the bottom in an even circle. Rotate the circle for the next row so that you start in-between two of the forks below to create a staggered look.
  • Keep gluing forks all the way up the cone.
  • Stick a couple of handles at the top (if desired) and finish with a ribbon on top.

Note: In this example, I used a 5.9 inch Styrofoam cone from Dollar Tree with about 75 mini silver forks also from Dollar Tree. Spoons can also be used instead of forks.

spoon and fork tree

I also made a larger tree with a 9 inch Styrofoam cone from Walmart and about 60 white spoons from the dollar store. I decided to spray paint it using gold metallic spray paint after all the spoons were glued on and then added a decorative bow to the top.

I grouped three trees together on a white cake plate and have it displayed on my kitchen table. This was such a cute and easy craft that I hope you’ll enjoy, too!

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  1. csranno

    That is so cute and so inexpensive. Who thinks up these things?

    • couponer

      People with entirely too much free time.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Or just someone who enjoys being creative πŸ‘πŸ»

        • Barbara

          Love it!!! I think I am going to make these with my kids at school. Thank you for sharing.

          • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

            Sure – and thanks Barbara!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks! My mom’s friend made one for her after seeing at a craft fair and I had to try!

  2. jhnicole

    This is so cool.Thanks for sharing.Merry Christmas!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for your kind comment! Merry Christmas to you too. πŸ˜€

  3. Deb

    Clever, clever, clever!

  4. Luna

    Wow very smart

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Luna!

  5. melanieee

    Love it. Next time I go to dollar tree I’m going to see if they have the supplies. About how many spoons do you think I will need?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya it will just depend on how big the cone is and if you use the mini forks or spoons but I tried to estimate for you in my post. Thanks!

  6. melanieee

    Okay never mind I just seen 60 spoons.

  7. Donna

    So adorable! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Sri

    Wow…so cute

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thank you! ❀️

  9. Jess

    Am I the only one who immediately thought, “what a waste of perfectly good utensils!”?? lol Albeit kinda cute.

    • Jenfritz

      I agree. I see a lot of wasted time only to throw away. Maybe I’m too old. I’m glad other love it. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

      • Cori

        If you don’t like it then don’t comment . That’s just rude .

      • joannemart

        I’ve never realized how rude people can be!! Maybe you’re too old to remember the basics you’ve learned in kindergarten, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all! There! A reminder for you in case you forgot!
        That being said, it’s an adorable idea and very thrifty too! The most you’re paying is $3 a tree! Can’t beat that! When people make projects out of popsicle sticks, you don’t hear them saying, what a perfectly good waste of popsicle sticks!
        I guess what I’m trying to say is, you’re buying these spoons at a dollar store, for a DOLLAR! Just as you would buy any supplies for an art project. And you’re making something which I think is cute and clever and an inexpensive center piece!
        You go Lina!

        • Stephanie

          Just because someone mentions their thoughts does not mean its rude! She went on to say it was cute but her initial thoughts were a waste of forks/spoons. It could be seen that your comment back was ‘rude’ because you were expressing dismay at her comments but again, not rude, just voicing your own thoughts/comments. Everyone needs to take a big chill pill and relax! I would have to say this idea IS super cute (the gold spoons with the bow is my favorite) but I do wonder if there is a way to use the entire utensil and then have it so people grab from the tree to use? I wonder if that even makes sense

          • joannemart

            I wasn’t referring to the person who said it was cute.
            Again, if you can’t say anything nice, please say nothing at all, it’s just common courtesy.

            • Stephanie

              You must be FUN to have conversations/relationships with! I wasn’t saying anything rude or mean…just disagreeing with you.

          • Jess

            Yes, Stephanie! At first I thought it WAS for people to actually use off of the tree which I thought was genius! Then, I realized the forks/spoons were broken and it bummed me out. Of course, to each his/her own. 😊

          • Cori

            Saying something is a waste of time after someone completed it and then ending the comment with ” beauty is in the eye of the beholder” we all know what she’s implying and the context in which it was said . It is rude. Plain and simple. When someone takes the time to explain an idea about a craft expressing your opinion too strongly can be rude . Disagreeing can be done in a way that’s rude and it’s my opinion that what she said is rude. If pointing that out is rude in your opinion that’s okay too. I don’t particularly mind .

      • Meredith

        Pretty sure you can save it and use it year after year. And it’s not wasted time. It’s no one business what others do in their spare time. For all we know, this person is retired who enjoys crafting in their spare time. Or maybe she’s not and works 3 jobs to support their family, and enjoys crafting in their ‘spare’ time. I love the idea, and I hope Linda posts more cute ideas like this!

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Thanks Meredith!

    • Cori


    • julie

      I’m thinking I can use some of the disposable forks and spoons that I’ve washed and reused. I’m wondering if I have enough matching to make a complete tree, but if not, that’ll be where the spray paint will come in!

  10. Mona

    Brilliant idea — I love it.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Mona!! πŸ‘

      • Bobbie Bean

        Perfect use for accumulation of “to go” packages… Great idea… Better than filling our landfills with emπŸ‘πŸ‘

  11. zahra

    Love this idea very creative thank u 😊

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- thanks Zahra!

  12. Catie

    Would you recommend spray painting the forks before gluing them or after? I’m thinking a green tree…just wasn’t sure if they would drip too much if you paint them after you glue them….on the other hand, maybe they won’t stick as well if you do that…

    I made your tree branch Santa/snowman last year and it didn’t take long but they definitely did not turn out quite as cute as yours lol!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I hadn’t thought of that! Could be easier because of the hot glue strings kinda get in the way. So spray base if it’s not green and also the forks, cool idea!

  13. TJ

    Not sure what with the rude comments but I think these are awesome! They would look adorable on the table at a teachers’ Christmas luncheon. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea! Thanks TJ!

  14. Andrea

    Lina these trees look fantastic and appear to be fun to make. I’m looking forward to trying to make a couple myself. Thank you for taking the time to share the project and instructions.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks so much Andrea!! Enjoy πŸŽ„

  15. daniel

    These look so fun and my 9 year-old daughter and I look forward to spending time together and making these. To me it is not a waste of time or money and will be a fun holiday bonding activity. I’m also thing of using the ends of the cutlery to glue together and make a picket fence around our “tree farm”, display. Thanks for the idea!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh I love that idea!

  16. Amanda

    To the people who think this is a waste of forks/spoons – how many do you throw away over the holidays after one use? Surely that is more of a waste than making a beautiful talking piece?

    • julie

      Yes! As I wrote above, I’m thinking I can use some of the disposable forks and spoons that I’ve washed and reused. I’m wondering if I have enough matching to make a complete tree, but if not, that’ll be where the spray paint will come in!
      So many forks and spoons get thrown out whenever eating out. At least White Rabbit’s spoons are compostable!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great idea Julie! Thanks –

  17. Anita McPeak

    Great idea.Thanks for posting.

  18. Jam

    Really Cute… Nice tree for our Community Room kitchen counter.

  19. Melissa Runiewicz

    I think it’s a beautiful idea and really looked at as if it was meant to be a tree. After some thought I made this a little differently. I used a wine bottle, glue gun, white spray paint and a white and gold ribbon for the top. It is very elegant. Great idea that can easily be tweaked. As for the people who think this is a waste of time, crafting is an enjoyable activity for many families. Our house was in need of some new and different Christmas decor. So I ask you this, would it be more economical for me to just go to the store and buy something that I could make for a fraction of the price using things I had playing around my house?? Plus it’s family bonding/building.

  20. Bobbie Bean

    Perfect use for accumulation of “to go” packages… Great idea… Better than filling our landfills with emπŸ‘πŸ‘

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