Believe it or not, I’m a frequent shopper at the craft store. I know, shocker right? So back in September (seriously) when Christmas decor started showing up in the aisle, I tossed few of the cardboard cone trees into my cart. I had seen them before and always thought it would be fun to put my own spin on decorating them—so I made three different versions. Check them out!
In case you don’t know what I mean by cone trees, here they are. I got two smaller and one larger one. They are made out of cardboard and are the perfect blank slate for tons of projects.
I gathered a bunch of supplies including spray adhesive, craft paint, glitter (lots and lots of glitter) and more.
I started by painting every single tree green. You know, for a natural look. 😛 I enlisted my favorite assistant, Scott, to help and it took him about 5 minutes using a foam brush. We just did one thick coat which dried after about 15 minutes. If you are impatient, like me, you can use a hair dryer to hurry it up!
For my first cone tree makeover, I decided to use a roll of green burlap and some sequined dots.
Using a glue gun, I adhered the burlap to the tree, winding it downwards. Make sure you pull it tight, and make sure you don’t burn yourself! I say that every time only because 1) glue gun burns HURT and 2) I ALWAYS burn myself when using one. This time was no exception sadly.
I topped it off with a whimsical ribbon that I tied on and then hot glued on the shiny dots (is there a more technical name for this!?).
I picked this gold glittery dot banner at Michaels and knew exactly how I wanted to use it. I simply used a dab of hot glue to attach a dot to the top of the tree, and glued every 5 dots down or so to hold it in place. I rotated the tree and did this a total of four times. It was super easy and super cute!
For the last tree…something extra special. First off, I taped off sections of it. Then, I headed outside and gave it a good spray with the adhesive.
And then? GLITTER. Lots and lots of glitter. If you aren’t a glitter fan…look away. It gets very glittery. There may have been handfuls of it involved. Literally.
Wheeeee! Isn’t it so fun? Once I had the bottom portion nice and glittery I sprayed the top part and again rolled the tree and used my hands to heap on the glitter.
Then I simply pulled the tape off. Yes, I had glitter glued to my hands. No, I didn’t mind. At all! 😛
So here are my three green and gold cone trees! 🙂
What do you guys think? Which is your favorite? Would you ever use handfuls of glitter with glue around? Totally worth it IMHO. 😀