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How to Make a Grinch Tree

Making a mini Grinch tree is quick and easy, and it will instantly fill your home with Christmas cheer. Exactly what the Grinch would hope for! Here’s how you can make your own tabletop Grinch tree, and maybe even a few extra things to spread some more holiday cheer.

How to Make a Tabletop Grinch Tree

Although it’s great to make classic holiday decorations like beautiful Christmas trees adorned with traditional ornaments and holly garlands, I also love to add a little twist to the Christmas season Strangeness and eccentricity.

Queue up this little wonder! It’s not only adorable and brings back happy childhood memories of Dr. Seuss’s beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas, But This little Grinch tree is also a table-top reminder of the holiday spirit.

Learn how to make it and, more importantly, why you should make it!

mini grinch magic tree

In How the Grinch Stole ChristmasDr. Seuss perfectly explains what the holidays mean to me:

Mini Grinch Tree with Dr. Seuss Quotes, "Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas means something more?"

I wrote about how a Grinch tree saved Christmas for me several years ago, and since then, I’ve been making several different versions to celebrate the season (like this 9-foot Grinch tree !). this year, My Grinch trees are small, portable, and giveable.

So when I hear that someone is feeling a little blue and could use a little holiday warmth, a tabletop Grinch tree will show up on their doorstep to put a smile on their face.

For this project, You can use any small evergreen tree, but I used lemon cypress. Lemon cypress trees are easy to find for sale around the holidays. They have a very pleasant fragrance and are bright yellow-green in colour.

However, they do require a lot of moisture, so if you choose lemon cypress, be sure to water it often (twice a week) and Sprinkle it with water regularly.

Do you want to make a mini Grinch tree or three for the people in your life? This way!

How to Make a Tabletop Grinch Tree

I’ve seen quite a few variations of the Mini Grinch tree. Notably, many grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s are now selling their own versions.

Trader Joe’s Grinch tree is much thinner and has a little less pizzazz. I love making my own because I can customize the decorations and the type of plants I use.

But if there’s any part of the Trader Joe’s Grinch tree you don’t like, you can easily take it apart and follow these instructions to customize the tree with its contents.

I have also seen other variations where the tree is not alive and is instead made from cedar branches. I love this method of making a mini Grinch tree because it’s so easy to do, and you end up with a living plant!

With the right care, you can use the same plant to create another tabletop Grinch tree next year.

Red Floral Wire for Mini Grinch Tree
The floral wire helps keep all the branches tight and in place.


Make it!

Remove your evergreen from its nursery pot and plant it in a colorful pot with good potting soil. Place the tree in the pot so that it is close to one side Sticking at an angle.

Lemon cypress planted slightly to the side in a purple pot for a mini Grinch tree
Planting at an angle already gives the tree a Grinch-like shape.

Add some decorative moss on top of the soil.

How to Make a Tabletop Grinch Tree
While technically optional, the moss makes it more visually appealing.

If you want to add string lights, do so next. Starting from the bottom and moving upwards, Wind string lights around the tree, If the string of lights is long enough, start winding back toward the bottom of the tree once you reach the top.

add ribbon and/or Floral wire for garland. Move it around the tree like a light, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Tuck the loose ends under to keep it in place.

Little Grinch Tree with Red Ornament and Bow
You can also use green wire if you want to hide it more.

Next, you will need some ornaments. There are so many possibilities for what you can use to decorate this little tree, but for this tree, I left it plain except for my wire garland and a large topper ornament.

If you want to add more to yours, try using glitter mini pom-poms. To make pom-poms ornaments, thread single pom-poms directly onto ornament pins, then bend the pins into a hook shape and hang them throughout the tree.

Mini Grinch Tree Red Topper Ornament
The big ornament ties it all together.

For the top, attach your large ornament to the top of the tree so that it Leans towards the center of the vessel.

Add a festive bow around the pot, and you’re done!

Tabletop Grinch Tree DIY
The bow really makes a difference!

More DIY Holiday Decoration Ideas

DIY Mini Grinch Tree

This mini Grinch tree can be made using the evergreen of your choice, turning a living tree into a festive decoration for the holidays.

  • Plant your small evergreen tree in a colorful pot with potting soil. When planting, place the tree on one side and at a slight angle.

  • Add decorative moss on top of the soil.

  • optional. Add string lights starting at the bottom and moving up and down.

  • Use ribbon or floral wire to form garland and wrap the tree. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Tuck the loose ends in and slowly bend the top of the tree into a curved shape while blowing air.

  • Decorate with ornaments of choice. Add a large round ornament to the top of the tree for the signature Grinch look. This also helps your tree bend and hang.


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