Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas Tree Crafts by Steph of Crafting in the Rain

Welcome to the Hiya Luv Holli Days series

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Hey everybody, this is Steph from Crafting in the Rain and I'm happy to be here posting in Gina's Holli Days series! I know you've all seen those cardboard cones at the craft store.  Perhaps you've even decorated some already, or at least seen all the possibilities that are out there.  If it exists, chances are someone has used it to decorate one of these trees. I have some examples today of some that I whipped up fairly quickly, and that you maybe haven't seen done before.  Here's to new ideas! First up is the easiest of the bunch.  All you need is a cone, a doily and a glue stick!  Just make sure that the seam of the cone is in the back.
Next up I used a piece of eyelet trim to make pleated rows on the tree.  Start at the bottom of the cone, gluing with hot glue and periodically creating a pleat by gluing the trim back on itself just a bit.  
Cut the trim when you get back to the staring point, then start gluing the next layer up the tree.  When you get to the top layer, pinch it up as much as you can (being careful of the hot glue please!)  This would probably look really cute with some kind of topper, but I couldn't think of what I had on hand that would look good.  What would you suggest?
Next is a ruffle tree that's much easier than it may look.  It's that ruffle fabric just pinned around a cone!  In fact, the one here is a ruffle scarf I own.  I used a few straight pins to secure the end of the scarf at an angle, wrapped the fabric around, put in a few more pins and tucked the rest of the scarf up into the tree!  Just be careful if you do that since, remember, there are pins sticking into it now.
What's great about each of these is that they're so neutral they would fit in with any color scheme you have for Christmas.  But they could also be done with more color too.  If you've like these, you may also like the list of 20 other cone tree ideas I collected in this post.
Thanks Gina for letting me come hang out today.  Happy Holli Days everyone!

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