After taking one look at our 2011 Seasonal Catalog cover, Kim Lambert, Assistant Product Manager here at ConsumerCrafts, got to work on her own version of the fringed Christmas tree – and we might be biased, but we like Kim’s take even better than the original! Here are her easy-to-follow directions to get you started on your own tree.
You will need:
- Styrofoam Cone – 15 inch
- 4 Sheets of Core’dinations 12 x 12 inch Cardstock in 2 Shades of Green
- 2 Sheets of Core’dinations 12 x 12 inch Glitter Silk Cardstock in Green
- Sequin Pins or Straight Pins
- Green Paint
- Paint Brush
- Glue Dots
- Sand Paper or Core’dinations Sand It Gadget Block for Easy, Even Sanding.
- 5mm Red Pom Poms, Plus a Single 1 inch Red, White, or Gold Pom Pom for the Top
- 1/8 inch White Ribbon
Step One: Paint the Styrofoam cone with green acrylic paint. Use a paintbrush to apply paint and be sure to apply liberally and allow to dry fully before step two. Note: it doesn’t need to be pretty, the paint is just to keep white from showing through.
Step Two: Cut the 12 x 12 inch Core’dinations paper into 1 ½ inch strips. Cut or tear paper in ½ inch increments, leaving at least a ½ inch un-torn at the top of the strip (this is where it will be attached to the Styrofoam tree). Kim chose to tear the solid green and cut the glitter paper for contrasting textures. Sand Core’dinations paper to achieve distressed look, if desired.
Step Three: Attach strips to the Styrofoam tree starting at the bottom. Secure with sequin pins. Because of the heavier weight of the Core’dinations paper, use Glue Dots to ensure the paper is securely attached to the tree and does not “curl” off. Alternate rows of paper in desired pattern or color, overlapping the un-torn ½ inch border – this will achieve the “layered” look and also cover the sequin pins. Curl torn ends or leave straight, depending on desired effect. Continue to layer paper around the tree with pins and glue dots, leaving 1 inch at the top of the tree.
Step Four: Make tree topper to cover the remaining exposed Styrofoam by taking a final strip of paper and cutting into an approximately 2 inch strip. Wrap ends of strip around each other and secure before putting over the top of the tree like a crown. Note: there will be a hole in the top (this is where Kim attached the 1 inch pom pom).
Step Five: Decorate with pom-poms, bows or other embellishments.
Now, how adorable is that?! No matter where you choose to display this cute little tree, it is sure to keep you in the holiday spirit!