The idea for this tree came from looking at old Christmas decorations and picks from Christmases past. They just sit in a box year after year, not used, but not being thrown away either. And I had some limpet shells left over from a recent tutorial, but not enough to do another tree. So I just started gluing parts of Christmas picks, marbles, rope and shells to see what I would come up with.
First I wrapped the cone form in white felt. (Looks better than the brown color of the cone to me.)
I used a mish-mash of materials I already had. That meant old Christmas picks, faux berries and leaves from candle holders, marbles, shells, rope, etc.
Starting at the bottom of the cone, I hot glued each item, one at a time. Requires quite a bit of glue sticks and patience. 🙂
This is what “creativity” looks like in my craft room. A happy mess!
I just added row after row of different items. No plan, just winging it as I went.
Since I had all the supplies for this craft on hand, it was “free” to make. Just a bit of time and a lot of glue sticks!
My Christmas decorating style this years has been simple and a little rustic/nature-ish. (I declare that a word.) I wanted to make a new Christmas wreath for the front door using a grapevine natural wreath form. But I got stuck. I bought a few things to add to it, including an adorable cardinal, but I couldn’t pull it together.
My BFF Kerry, came over today, and I had asked her to bring “some ribbons and stuff” with her. Well… She brought a trunk-full of goodies! OMG! Who is this girl… and why did I not know she was hoarding such great craft supplies?! Seriously!
So while I went up to pick up some lunch for us, she got busy and brilliantly put together this one of a kind, amazing wreath. As I had struggled, all the day before, trying to come up with something clever for this wreath, she managed to come up with a masterpiece while I was gone a mile down the road for just a few minutes. She is a talented girl!
Gorgeous, huh? Sorry, she’s my best friend and you can’t have her. Or her craft supplies! I know where she lives. She will be sharing with me now. 😉
I have put together a collection of DIY Christmas trees. Most are from this year, but a few are from Christmases Past. They are fun and easy to make and don’t require a lot of time or money. Gotta love that, especially this time of year! Hope you find some Christmas tree inspiration. Enjoy!
- Wood Christmas Trees
- Sea Urchin Christmas Tree
- DIY Twine Christmas Tree
- No tutorial for these trees. The green trees are wrapped in green twine and the white tree is simply a cone form wrapped in white garland and decorated with small pine cone picks and topped with a pipe cleaner star. This was my daughters contribution to my tree mania this year! 😉
- Driftwood Christmas Tree
- Music Sheet Christmas Trees
- These 3 trees are wrapped in various materials. The first one is wrapped in 2 different burlap ribbons, with plastic buttons attached with hot glue. The middle tree is wide “birch” ribbon I picked up at a Christmas show last year, and the third tree is 2 small cone forms wrapped in sisal rope and stacked on top or each other.
- Limpet Shell Christmas Tree
- This set of trees are cone forms wrapped in different bulky textured yarns.
Happy Christmas Tree Makin’!