Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY Paper Cone Tree

***I'm back! I didn't intend to neglect the blog, but last week we had some canine/computer compatibility issues. . . Indy tried to share Josh's lap with the laptop. The 125 pound dog won and the computer screen lost. 
We just figured out how to hook up the computer to the TV, so now I have a 46 inch monitor! We'll get a replacement screen soon, but for now this works. So glad to be back at it. Did ya miss me? :)***



Cone trees have been all over the internet lately. They are a super easy and cheap project so I thought I'd join the party with my own spin.

I shopped my house and pulled a few things that I already had on hand.

You can buy styrofoam cones for the base or you can be cheap and create your own from an empty cereal box-- yay for free!

I've seen the cones covered with many things, from ribbon to beads to felt. I had a paper bag laying around so I thought that it would be perfect to make an easy tree.

If you're using cardboard as the base, you should open it up and cut all the flaps and tabs. Then run some glue on the edge, like so:



Roll it into a cone shape.

Now you can either hold it closed like that until the glue dries or, if you're like me and too impatient, you can reinforce it with a few pieces of tape.

(Go with the tape. Life's too short to wait for glue to dry.)



Cut the bottom so that your cone lies flat.



Next I added a flat strip of paper along the bottom edge so that none of the cardboard would show under the first layer of triangles.

I then cut a bunch of triangles out of the paper bag and glued them in layers-- making sure to overlap with so as not to have gaps.



When I got to the top I made another small cone from the paper, just like I did with the cardboard.



You could stop there, but what's Christmas without a hint of glitter? So for a little sparkle, I smeared a thin layer of glue on the tips of the triangles and sprinkled on some glitter.


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