Inside: A tutorial on making DIY cone Christmas trees and twenty more fabulous ideas for decorating them.
Walk into my home in December. You will be hit with the beautiful smell of fresh pine from scented candles burning on the mantle. And you will probably find a mini forest in every room.
One of my favourite Christmas crafts is to make mini trees to decorate my table, mantle, sideboards and any other flat surface. You’ll find tartan trees, embroidered Scandi felt trees, map Christmas trees and even broken China trees.
Mini Christmas trees are such a versatile and easy decoration to make. Most can be made from stuff you already have; no need for a trip to the craft store.
Yes, you can buy polystyrene or paper mache cone trees to decorate from the craft store, but it’s just as easy to make your own from scrap cardboard, like from a cereal box or pizza base.
I’ll show you how easy it is to make a cone Christmas tree and decorate it with a few scraps of fabric to make some beautiful fringed trees. Then at the end of the post, you’ll find many more fabulous ways to decorate cone Christmas trees.
There is bound to be one that will fit within your Christmas decorating style.
What You Need
- Cardboard circle about 12 inches in diameter – Cut one from the packaging using a plate as a template. Or use the cardboard base of a 12-inch frozen pizza.
- Packing tape
- Hot Glue gun
- Scraps of fabric
- Cotton reel spool or a stump from a branch about 1-2″ diameter
How To Make A Cardboard Cone
Step 1: You will need one large and one small cardboard circle. The large cardboard round should be about 12″ in diameter, and the smaller one 2 -3″. Use cardboard that is thin enough to bend easily.
Step 2: Cut the larger cardboard round into quarters. You will only need one per cone Christmas tree. So you can make four out of one cardboard round.
Step 3: Roll the cardboard quarter into a cone shape and secure it with packaging tape. It doesn’t matter that the tape is on show, as you will cover it when decorating the cone. At the same time, make sure the smaller cardboard circle fits in the base of the cone (cut to size if needed).
If you want no tape to show, use hot glue instead, but I find this trickier as you have to hold the shape of the cone while the glue dries.
Step 4: Secure the base of the cardboard cone with more brown packaging tape.
Making Scrap Fabric Cone Christmas Trees
To decorate this year’s cone Christmas trees, I raided my sewing box and grabbed some fabric scraps. You want long thin pieces of woven fabric, such as tartan and denim, about 1-2″ wide.
Step 5: First, fray one edge of the fabric by pulling out the threads. Like I did make these fabric feathers.
With denim, the colour of the fringe (white or blue) will depend on which way you fray it. I wanted my denim scraps to have a white edge like snow, so I plucked out the blue threads.
Step 6: Carry on fringing the scrap fabric until you have a piece about 24″ (60cm) long with at least 1/2 cm fringe. It doesn’t have to be one continuous length of fabric; two shorter pieces can be used.
Step 7: Starting from the bottom and working your way up, glue the fringe around the cardboard cone. I found that a hot glue gun worked best with this.
Step 8: When you have reached the top of the cone, cut away any excess fabric. And then, glue a cotton reel spool or branch stump to the base of the cone to make a stand for the trees.
This is optional; some people like to make DIY cone Christmas trees without trunks.
Step 9: Glue a wooden star to the top to make the mini Christmas tree decorations more festive.
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20 of the Best Cone Christmas Tree Ideas
There are many more cardboard Christmas crafts you can make. You might also want to check out these larger alternative upcycled Christmas tree ideas. Or paint a giant Christmas tree to hang on your walls.
You might also want to check out these Christmas Botanicals, which include a beautiful vintage print of a Nordmann Fir tree (a classic Christmas tree species).
You’ll find a lot more easy adult Christmas crafts here.