I love me some cone trees. You know the type…they aren’t anything crazy…just a cone shaped christmas tree. Sometimes they have a foam core…sometimes a cardboard….sometimes they are just made from glass…but the consistent thing is the shape….CONES.
I have a couple mercury glass ones.
I have a couple regular gray tinted glass ones.
I have a birch version from Crate & Barrel.
I even have a trio of them that are a little bit rustic (they were made from pinecone pieces) with a little glitter on top.
So obviously I love them. What’s not obvious is my habit to remake and recreate to add to my stash of things. What’s also not obvious is my obsession with collections. Collections of weird things like cone trees. What’s REALLY not obvious is the hours I spend brainstorming how to craft my next cone tree….no….that would be obviously crazy. Which I am not. Obviously.
But let’s not talk about how I am obviously not crazy. (insert goofy face and Elaine dance here). This christmas I wanted to add to my collection of cone trees and had three in mind. Here is the first one I made.
It’s the itty bitty hemp tree (pictured right next to the birch version).
It was super easy. Actually probably the easiest of the three cone trees I made this christmas season.
I started with a piece of cardstock paper. I just trimmed off one of the corners making it round then I just twisted the paper until it was a cone. Nothing fancy.
Then I used a piece of tape to secure it. You know…cause I am complicated like that. I have super crafty things around my home….like tape.
Then since my cone wasn’t super tight – it had a hole in the top. Taking a bit of hemp (I used this stuff ages ago to make cheap piping for pillows) I stuck the end in the hole.
After that it was just a matter of wrapping the hemp around the cone tightly. I did use my hot glue gun (man that thing is getting a workout this Christmas) to secure it a little. Just a dab here and there did the trick.
After it got to a certain point, it was easier to hot glue and wrap by holding the cone tree like an ice cream cone. Obviously there was a high likelihood of me craving ice cream at this point. Obviously I did something about said craving.
When it got to the end, I used a lot more hotglue…the entire last couple wrap arounds were fully glued. And then when it came to trimming off the string, I just used regular scissors and did it at an angle.
Not too shabby, eh?
Plus it’s got loads of natural texture that really work with the birch tree.
And it took me like five minutes….which is a huge plus this time of year.
Plus…it was FREE. Have you noticed a theme here with my christmas projects? Yeah…zero dollars are a major thing around here lately…what with the potential house moving and all. We are in the full-alert-no-spending zone. It makes for a little bit of brainstorming…but challenging myself to make cheap and free crafts has actually been really fun! It means that I have to be a little more creative with the stuff I already have on hand….like cardstock, hemp and hot glue. Have you been free-crafting lately? Anyone else making cone trees this holiday season? I am loving the yarn and seashell and glitter options out there.
Stay tuned – there are two more parts to the TRIO of TREES! And the next one will really stick with ya….yes…that’s a clue 🙂