Christmas-y Cones

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I have always wanted some of those cool cone-shaped trees that they sell a variety of at Target this time of year, but couldn’t bring myself to spend $40 for one. I’d been thinking that I’d make my own this year, and ever since I made the twine centerpiece balls (read about here), I’ve been planning these.

I showed these off just a little last week in my post about my wall art, which you can see here if interested. (Sorry for the shameless bragging, just still a little too excited about them 🙂

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Anyway, I started off with the materials shown below. I initially mixed glue with some water and used this to harden the twine, but once it was dry it wasn’t quite strong enough to keep it’s shape.

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So I got some of this stuff to use instead, (I know, I know) and it works tons better.

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I wrapped the cones in parchment paper and secured it with pins, and then wrapped the soaked twine around the cone in a crisscrossing pattern, wringing it out a little at a time as I went. (Edited to add: Make sure that your bottom strands are straight all the way around the base, or you may end up with something that belongs on the Isle of Misfit Trees.)

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Once that was finished, I put green raffia in the stiffener and wrapped it around the cones as well, just for a little color and a different texture.

2009_11_17_4222Once all is dry (I usually left it overnight), I used a knife to separate the twine from the parchment paper and here is the end result!

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The best part about making the trees this way is that you can make several trees using only one foam cone as the mold. I wanted to try out a few different things, so this let me experiment on the trees without “using up” one of the foam cones, since they are kind of expensive. I have a plain pair, and this pair that has just a few tiny berries hot glued on in various spots.

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Another set I spray painted white, sprayed it with some glitter, and then glued on these larger berries.

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This one I actually used the little cone for (I had two, so I was willing to lose one of them). I spray painted the cone and the twine separately, hot glued the twine onto the cone, and capped it with (of course) little berries.

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This has been a good little project, but now I have these trees everywhere. Time to start giving some away!

48 thoughts on “Christmas-y Cones

  1. Erin, those are seriously awesome! I LOVE them! I really, really love them! I have been wanting to make some fun trees and your way is terrific so I just might have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I think your craftiness is just too overwhelming. I might have to stop reading your blog. Or maybe I should try it and then post the result that comes from the "craft-challenged." 🙂 Seriously though, beautiful again. And, if that is an ornament wreath coming up, I don't know what I'll do.

  3. These are very cute and at least "appear" simple to do. I never think about using fabric stiffener! Thanks for sharing. I've posted a link on childmade.com.

  4. Those trees are darling. I priced the cones today and was shocked at the price. I'm going to use a HL coupon… but first some twine.

  5. A song comes to mind: "She's Crafty" by the Beatie Boys. Except that, in this case, the crafty is literal, not in any way derogatory like the song! 🙂

  6. Cute! I was just at Target tonight and was looking at those trees and wondering if there would be a way to duplicate them. Great job!

    XOOX
    Jen

  7. This is such a great idea! I've seen lots of fun suggestions using foam trees, but I love that this only needs one to make several trees, because they really can be expensive!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. These are so, so cute! Thanks so much for sharing!! I love twine myself:) I linked up to a burlap and ruffles ottoman tutorial on my blog that you might like as well:)

  9. Holy smokey! These are gorgeous! I love what you did. I am SO going to try this, hopefully this week! I have to finish my ornament wreath first. 🙂

  10. Really cute idea! And since I'm running out of storage space (big time!) – I especially like the fact that you could probably nest a little one and a medium one inside a larger one to store for next year.

  11. Made one! Love it! Mine was made with white embroidery thread, silver jewelry cord and crystals. I needed a "tallest" piece to accompany some crystal, silver and white items on a silver charger/tray. This was perfect. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I used Alene's fabric stiffener.

  12. I love these. I am totally going to attempt to make these tomorrow. What a great mind you have to look at something beautiful and turn it into something easy yet less expensive to make on your own

  13. I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on Craftown.com. We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

    Amanda Formaro
    Chief Editor – Craftown.com
    http://craftown.com

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