DIY Christmas Decor: Create a Sparkly Christmas Tree Cone
I have been seeing these gorgeous cone shaped Christmas trees for the past few years every Christmas but have refused to purchase one because I knew it was something I could make myself. Finally this year I made a few and just as I suspected, these cone trees are super easy! All you do is make the cone and then its up to you to embellish it however you like. I have actually made a few different cone trees. A couple I embellished with glitter, one I embellished with sequin material and there was another that I covered with jute. In this tutorial I will focus on the rhinestone covered one that I just finished. If you love these cone shaped Christmas trees but don't have the money to go out and buy one, you should consider making your own. You don't have to be an experienced crafter or extra creative. As long as you know how to glue something together, your good! Who knows, you may enjoy it so much you'll want to make 4 or 5 of them! Why not give it a try? Let's get started.
What You Need:
- Poster Board or a thin cardboard (cereal & pizza boxes work great)
- Cone Template (or follow directions at the link in step one)
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Rhinestones- Sizes 16ss to 20ss are ideal for this project but you can use larger sizes if you like
- Wooden Skewer or something else to pick up and apply rhinestones
- E6000 Glue or similar
1. Make a Cone
The first thing to do is make a cone out of the poster board or thin cardboard. In this tutorial I'm using an old pizza box but I've also made them with poster board. You can make the cone as tall or short as you like. I made mine using a free printable cone template that I printed from online. You can also do an online search for free templates and that will reveal some free printable templates for you. When you put your cone together, be sure the length of the seam where the piece overlaps to form the cone is thoroughly adhered and that the bottom of the cone is level. You want a good, stable cone before you embellish it.
***TIP*** If you choose to use a ready made cone such as Styrofoam one you will probably need to wrap it with something first as I'm not sure how well the rhinestones will adhere straight to Styrofoam. I prefer to make my own cones with the poster board or thin cardboard because it's a great surface to adhere rhinestones to.
2. Paint the Cone
Once you have the cone constructed, it's time to paint it. I recommend painting it the same color as the gems, rhinestones or crystals you will be covering it with. You want the background to blend in with the bling. If you are using crystal or clear rhinestones, silver or a pearl white paint would work on the background or even just plain white paint. Once you have selected the color paint you want, paint the cone and sit it aside to dry for a bit.
3. Apply Rhinestones
Once the paint is dry, you can start applying rhinestones. I placed my rhinestones on row by row starting at the bottom of the cone. Just put a very thin line of glue partially around and add the rhinestones one by one. When you get to the end of the line of glue, make another thin line and continue sticking each rhinestone on one after the other. When you get to the end of that row, start a new row and keep going like that row by row, up the cone.
I do partial lines of glue as I'm going around the cone because the glue tends to dry pretty quick. The rhinestones I used were size SS16 which is approx. 4mm so they were pretty small. The way I pick them up is I take the tip of my skewer and dip it just a tiny bit into the E6000 glue. E6000 has a residual tackiness and it will form a little rubber bit on the end of the skewer and I can use it to pick up quite a few rhinestones before I have to do another tiny dip in the glue to get it sticky again. I simply stick the tip of the skewer on each rhinestone face up and sit it right down in the line of glue. The glue will catch it and take it from the tip of the skewer. It works great!
So just keep doing this until you get to the tip of your cone and your done!
***Tips & Ideas***
- When applying the lines of glue around the cone, sometimes it has a tendency to come out in a larger amount that you want. The key is to sort of stretch the glue as it's coming out to form a thinner line. If you have ever worked with E6000 glue, you know what I mean. You could always try to transfer any extra you don't need in one place to another place you do need it, using the end of the skewer.
- If you have another glue that you prefer, feel free to use it.. I just like the E6000 because it dries clear and it stays where you put it and doesn't run so being on a cone, that is very helpful.. but I do know there are tons of other glues out there that could work for this project.
- You could make the cone just one solid color, you could alternate colors in each row or you could even do multicolored patterns and intricate designs if you wanted... the possibilities are endless!
- You don't have to do super small rhinestones.. they come in lots of different sizes. They also come in different shapes. I think square shaped ones would be pretty.
Other Embellishment Ideas
If you aren't into gluing on rhinestones one by one, there are other ways you can embellish your cone. Here are a few more embellishment ideas:
- Paint: they have some gorgeous metallic crafts paints out now
- Glitter: also glitter paint and glitter glue
- Sequins come in all shapes and sizes. You could even use the small ones that are used for nail art
- Shiny or pretty fabrics
- Pretty trims, like pearl or beaded trims
- Jute and twine
- Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
I hope you enjoyed the hub, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have lots of fun making a fabulous embellished Christmas cone or two of your own :)