Nov 1, 2011

Handmade Holiday-Styrofoam Cone Turned Christmas/Decorative Tree DIY

I am a complete goner when it comes to crafting. I reminisce back to a year ago, when I was just delving into the handmade community. A wee one with a shiny new hot glue gun that is now a pitiful conglomeration of melded burlap, twine, fabric, sequins, felt...etc!

I'm hooked.

That's why I was stoked to partner with April of Gingerbread, and Emily of Blueberry's Blog, to bring you a go-to place for all things Handmade Holidays.


Buying handmade for the holidays (and any time) means you get a one-of-a-kind product that's made by someone with a passion to create beauty. You're also supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to build successful businesses.

We glean inspiration from others--from their blogs, pins, tweets, & pictures, but that's so much to take in. Through this single linky party, you'll be able to locate recipes, gift wrapping ideas, crafty projects, and/or handmade loveliness--all in one place. The link will be up from now until Christmas Day. Each of us three girls will have the button posted on her side column for you to access at any time. Feel free to post it on your blog to spread the word! We can't wait to see what you contribute. I'm ready to be inspired. My hot glue gun hasn't died on me yet.

So what are we making today?

The project I chose to launch the party is the ever so cute "Styrofoam Cone Turned Christmas/Decorative Tree." It is not a new idea, nor do I claim it as my original idea. I just made it "Mindy" by adding touches I love and by providing you with pictorial reference.
First, gather your materials, which consist of a styrofoam cone in the size of your choice (why not buy 3 for a darling grouping/table centerpiece?) (found at craft stores), a bundle(s) of yarn, pins (I chose long pleating pins), scissors, hot glue, and embellishments.
(yes, those are child's scissors; my scissors are MIA!
also, hot glue gun not pictured because I just pinned the embellishments on this time;
worked great; elf is from HobLob, ivy from estate sale)

1. Gather materials
2. Pin end of yarn to the base of the cone. It will take awhile for the yarn to "catch" on this odd shape, so you will have to pin about every two inches.
3. Use lots of pins when you're working at the bottom of the cone. I chose sparkly yarn so you can't even see the pins. Thicker yarn will hide pins, too.
4. Keep wrapping/pinning.
5. Wrap until cone is completely covered. You don't need to pin the middle at all.
6. You've made it to the top.
7. Get your pins out again and cross the yarn over and around until the top is completely covered.
8.-9. Once top is finished, embellish to your liking. Use buttons, vintage treasures (my fave), glitter, ornaments, paper, bunting, twine (wrap the whole thing in it!), etc. Have children join in on the fun by doing their own cone using torn paper then embellishments.

Take a moment to link up. Yay YOU.


april@gingerbread said...

That little elf is soooo cute! Im gonna make these for sure!

Gentri said...

I love it and definitely plan on buying all handmade. :)

jessica dukes said...

i love this!

katygirl said...

this is such a fun idea!

Sarah {the fontenot four} said...

This is so darned cute!!! I may have to make some too!

The Arizona Russums said...

your headbands are so cute! i'm going to ask for one in my stocking this year. i wonder how the hubs is going to feel doing all his Christmas shopping on etsy this year!? :)

Emily said...

Eep! It's so flipping adorable and Christmas-y! Love it friend!!

A Modern Hippie said...

I bought 95% homemade last year, or made it myself and plan to do that again this year. This is a great idea. Will this just be the only link up, or are you doing this every week?

Stacey said...

Made my first tree today...and it isn't terrible! Thanks for the inspiration friend!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

so cute! love the little elf. :)