DIY Christmas Cone TreesSince moving to our new home, I have become pretty obsessed with home decor. It’s been a year since we moved in, and I feel like our place is really beginning to look like I had hoped. Decorating takes time, but it sure is fun! We began by focusing on the dining and living room area. It’s an open concept style space and it felt quite empty when we first moved in. It was exciting to build the space from the ground up with items that really reflect our style. Since we lived in a small apartment, we also didn’t have any holiday decor. So, that’s been another thing we’ve really enjoyed about our new space. It’s been fun having a Christmas tree (our very first tree!) this year, and decorating the house with festive pieces. One item I’ve always loved the look of though has been Christmas tree cones. I often see them at Homesense, Bed Bath and Beyond, or Walmart – and this year I decided it was time to grab one or two for our house. However, this idea was crushed when I went to Homesense and saw that most of these holiday tree cones cost a minimum of $30 each. Now, I don’t know if I am being cheap right now. But, I just cannot justify spending that much on decor that’ll only be out for a month or two. It just doesn’t seem worth it. When I was looking at all the tree cones though I got inspired – they looked so easy to recreate. So, I headed to the Dollarstore and picked up a few items for my own Christmas Tree Cone DIY.
What You’ll Need1 Posterboard paper Scissors Hot glue gun Decorations (little floral bulbs, etc. I got little fake flower stems that are covered in golden glitter) Rope (I purchased mine for $2.50 at the Dollastore)
How long does it take to make these DIY Christmas Cones?The number 1 question I got on Instagram when I posted these trees was: They’re super cute – how long did they take to make though?! And you guys… I won’t sugarcoat this – they take a while to make. I suggest you settle in with a good movie or TV show to watch while you coil the rope around the paper cones. The other reason I decided to make my own Christmas Cone Trees was because I couldn’t really find one that had the rustic look that I was looking for. While I love the sparkly tree cones, they don’t really match the style of our home. Our house has a pretty modern-farmhouse vibe to it, and I wanted our little tree cones to match. Our Christmas tree is particularly rustic looking with its burlap and lace ribbon, pine cone and wooden ball ornaments. I absolutely love how this tree cone diy worked out. It was easy enough to make, and it really didn’t cost much at all. In-fact here’s a break down of the costs: Jute Rope – $4.00 Decorations: $1.50 Poster Board Paper: $1.50 Ribbon (for tree topper bow): $3.00
- 1 Posterboard paper
- Hot glue gun
- Decorations (little floral bulbs, etc. I got little fake flower stems that are covered in golden glitter)
- Jute Cord Rope (I purchased mine for $2.50 at the Dollastore)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Plugin your hot glue gun. By plugging it in before starting the rest of your craft, you'll give it time to warm up. That way it'll be ready to use when it is time to start gluing.
- Begin by cutting your poster board in half for your two Christmas tree cones.
- Create the cone shape with your paper and then tape the sides down. Use a few pieces of tape so that your paper doesn't pop open.
- Now begin gluing your jute cord rope to your poster board paper. This is the most time-consuming part of the craft. To wrap the cord and glue it down so that it covers the full poster board will take approximately 40-50 minutes. Only apply the glue here and there when you're wrapping the cord around. If you use glue along the full width of the poster board, you'll find that this project burns through glue and also takes even longer. Instead, only apply the glue every 1.5-2 inches.
- Once your poster board is fully covered in the jute cord rope, begin decorating it. Simply glue your decorations where you'd like.
Burlap Bow Tree Topper
- Cut off a a 5-6" piece of burlap ribbon.
- Glue the sides together to create a loop.
- Then use a small string to cinch in the middle of the loop - this will begin to give it a bow-like look.
- Cut another small piece of burlap ribbon to cover the string used to cinch the loop. Glue it over the string.
- Then, cut two thinner pieces of your ribbon (ie. cut the ribbon in half length-wise) and glue it to the back of your bow.
- Lastly, glue your bow to the top of your tree.