One of my favorite Christmas decorations is my inadvertent collection of red cone Christmas trees. From giant (I mean GIANT) sequins, to glittered, to all kinds of fabulousness in between, they are one of the things I look forward to getting out the most each year.
Jojo found these beauties in the Olive and Cocoa catalogue last week. I loved them! The felted wool, the pinking shear edges, the quirkiness and the warmth! But the price? $198 for three is waaaay outta this girl’s budget. Surely I could make one, right? Right.
To make your own, you’ll need red felt (This is just plain ol’ craft felt. I looked at buying felted wool – but I didn’t care for the red color that was in the store. Felted wool would take this project from fab to AMAZING.), pinking shears (or just regular scissors), glue sticks and a glue gun and a cone form (I found the paper-mache forms to be a fraction of the price of styrofoam and generally I like working with them better!).
Cut the leaves. I cut three sizes – 3 inch-ish, 2 inch-ish and 1.5 inch-ish. No pattern, or measuring, or exactness – just leaf shapes.
Starting at the widest part of the cone, glue one of your biggest leaves to the cone with a small blob of hot glue, so that it just barely skims the table/hangs “off” the edge of the tree.
Continue all the way around, overlapping the leaves as you go… Again, no science or measuring. I just focused on not burning my fingers and staying in a generally straight line!
Then do it again! and again! When the big leaves are used up, switch to the medium, then the smaller leaves at the top. If you have some small leaves left use them to fill in holes at the end.
Continue as high as possible – to cover most of the point at the top of the cone.
Then, when you get to the top, pinch two leaves together with some glue in the middle, and voila! The tippy top of the cone is covered.
I just love it with all of my other red trees (just a few shown there for my “ta-dah” moment…) – and I like that it’s a matte finish in a sea of shiny. Do you think you could tackle this project? Think of all the colors you could use! White would be pretty – or saturated bright colors, too!