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DIY Christmas Decor: Create a Sparkly Christmas Tree Cone

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Sparkly Christmas tree

Sparkly Christmas tree

Cone Tree Decor

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 it's 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, you're 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 the internet. 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 a 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 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 set it aside to dry for a bit.

I painted my cone silver.

I painted my cone silver.

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. 4 mm, 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 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 you're done!

Starting from the bottom, apply the rhinestones in rows, working up the cone.

Starting from the bottom, apply the rhinestones in rows, working up the cone.

Keep going until it is all covered!

Keep going until it is all covered!

Tips and Ideas

  • When applying the lines of glue around the cone, sometimes it has a tendency to come out in a larger amount than 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, 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.
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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
  • Ribbon
  • Pretty trims, like pearl or beaded trims
  • Jute and twine
  • Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
  • Buttons

Get Crafting!

I hope you enjoyed the article; thank you for stopping by. I hope you have lots of fun making a fabulous embellished Christmas cone or two of your own. :)

A few cone trees I made embellished with Styrofoam balls and glitter. The tall one is embellished with bath salt and glitter.

A few cone trees I made embellished with Styrofoam balls and glitter. The tall one is embellished with bath salt and glitter.

The short one is wrapped with jute and the tall one is covered with sequin dot material.

The short one is wrapped with jute and the tall one is covered with sequin dot material.


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 16, 2015:

Kristen Howe- You are welcome! I still have the one I made and it's as sparkly as ever!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 08, 2015:

Jamie, what an ingenious idea! I love it! Now I need to get crafty in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 27, 2012:

keepyouinstitches- I am glad you were able to make some for your home.. I bet they turned out gorgeous! I think they would make perfect gifts too. Thank you so much for dropping by.... Happy New Year to you!

Erica J from Seattle, WA on December 22, 2012:

I love this idea. I made some for my house and will probably make some next year as gifts

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 20, 2012:

RTalloni- Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the hub.. I couldn't stop making these cone trees..LOL! The rhinestone one was my favorite- just love how it turned out so I had to do a hub on it. Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

RTalloni on December 20, 2012:

Nice, nice, nice project with lovely examples. These would make delightful hostess gifts and I'll be adding this to my newest hub as soon as it's out of that idle thingy. :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 18, 2012:

teaches12345- You are welcome. I agree.. I think one or especially even a group of them would look beautiful on a buffet or mantel. The sparkle is perfect for Christmas. I wish I had made more than one but this one took me a little longer than my other rhinestone projects. So glad you like it! PS I have been thinking a lot about teachers lately because of the tragedy in Connecticut. My heart goes out to teachers, parents, etc and I just want you to know that I appreciate you and respect you for all you have done in your career as a teacher. I think it takes a special person to work with children :)

Dianna Mendez on December 17, 2012:

This is such a great way to add a little flair to a Christmas buffet or holiday mantel. I love the sparkly silver and I would even make these to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 17, 2012:

That Grrl- Thank you.. I really appreciate the thumbs up:)

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2012:

Very pretty. Thumbed up. :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

randomcreative- Thank you! I have done a few different cones.. but this one took the most time. I was trying to get a decent picture of them all together so I could add it to the hub just as an example of different embellishments that could be used but was having trouble so I just went ahead and published it but I'll be adding another photo (with the other cones) soon. So glad you like this one! Thank you for dropping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

kashmir- Thank you so very much! I really appreciate it and Merry Christmas to you as well :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

Suzie HQ- Aww.. thanks! It really is that easy... you should give a try :) I find gluing the rhinestones on relaxing. I compare it to knitting or crocheting... I do little bits at a time but before I know it, it's done and it's just so gratifying to finally see the finished product. Thank you so much for the votes and sharing.. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

tammyswallow- Thank you so much! I do believe this cone tree would be gorgeous in just about any color :) Thank you for dropping by and for sharing this :) I really appreciate it!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

Carol- LOL! I guess I am pretty patient but I actually love gluing the rhinestones on.. for some reason it's relaxing to me. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the Happy New Year wishes.. I hope you and yours have a fantastic New Year as well :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

vibesites- You are welcome.. so glad you like it, thanks for dropping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

ishwaryaa22- Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback, votes, pin and sharing. I'm really glad you enjoyed the hub!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

Thank you, Bill... I treasure your friendship as well. I have really enjoyed getting to know you through your hubs and I still have a few to catch up on! Merry Christmas back to you and your family :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 14, 2012:

Mhatter99- You are welcome.. Glad you like it :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 14, 2012:

Another awesome craft idea! I spray painted a couple cones before decorating them for Christmas this year, but I never would have thought to use rhinestones. How simple and festive!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on December 14, 2012:

Hi my friend, so awesome and so well explained !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas !!!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 14, 2012:

Hi Jamie,

Another fab DIY hub from you that I love!! It looks great and very deceptive. It looks more difficult than you show it to be - AWESOME!

Love to give this a go, thanks so much All the votes and shares!!

Tammy from North Carolina on December 14, 2012:

This is stunning! I love the sparkly look, this would really pick up the reflection of the Christmas tree. I am now imaging all the color options. :) Excellent craft idea! Sharing!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 14, 2012:

Lots of work but very gorgeous. You must have the patience of a saint to do this. Thanks for sharing...And wishing you a happy, loving and wonderful New Year for you and your family.

vibesites from United States on December 14, 2012:

Very fun and quite different Christmas décor. Very detailed instructions. I think it will make a wonderful piece on the holiday dining table. Thanks for sharing. :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on December 13, 2012:

A wonderful tutorial hub! Your creations looked so amazing! Your instructions and tips are very helpful and detailed. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 13, 2012:

Very nice, Jamie! Not much chance I'll be doing this, but I wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas my friend. Thank you for your friendship this past year. :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 13, 2012:

what fun! Thank you for this.

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