Good Morning !! I’m super excited to be joining you all on the SCT blog today! I’ve got a fun Christmas-y project for you to create and add to your holiday décor or give as a gift to someone special!
But first I have a confession...I have a bit of a habit of collecting more than just scrapbooking supplies - shocking, I know! You will often find me in thrift shops and discount stores scouring the shelves for things I can alter or turn into something fabulous and with all the pretty paper and embellishments that all these wonderful manufacturers design for us to play with, that’s not hard to do !!!
For this project, you will need a styrofoam tree or cone. The one I used is 12” tall but you could use any height.
I snipped the stems off of an inexpensive artificial wreath and pulled out a large piece of burlap. I also chose the tiny pinecones from a mixed bag (available at most craft stores). While my hot glue gun was heating up, I got to work with the burlap.
I cut several 2 ½” squares (approx. 50 – this will vary depending on the size of tree or cone you are working with). I did not measure every piece. Cut your first one to size and then approximate the rest, as it won’t matter once you start to adhere them to the cone :)
Remember, if you are using a smaller tree/cone, you will want smaller squares and a larger tree/cone, cut larger squares.
You will fold each piece in half once lengthwise and then in half again. Using your craft stapler put a tiny staple in the bottom ‘pinch’ (where my fingers are) to hold it in shape.
I did this to ALL of my burlap pieces first so that once I started to glue I could just keep going.
I made sure to snip the greenery quite short so that I didn’t have to insert them too far into the cone; approx. 2” long.
Once I had all of my pine and burlap ready I started to adhere them piece by piece to the tree base. I started at the bottom with a pine piece first and then added a couple of burlap bits next.
I squeezed a small circle of hot glue directly onto the styrofoam and then added the burlap on top, gently spreading each piece open slightly, as the glue dries quickly.
Now just keep gluing! I did the same steps around in a circle over and over until I reached the top. I stopped to add a mini pine cone here and there before adding the tree ‘decorations.’
I am completely in LOVE with my Silhouette and found this great cut file for a super 3 dimensional star. I cut it using some Core’dinations Kraft cardstock. The star was easy to fold and sat perfectly at the top of the tree. A snowflake button in the center and a bit of red twine finished it off.
I used some great holiday themed stamps to create these fun mini tags to pretty up the rest of the tree mixed with fantastic wood veneer snowflakes by Studio Calico throughout. All that was left was a tree ‘skirt’ which was another sweet cut file using the Silhouette and my fave green Core’dinations Shattered cardstock !!!
This was such a fun project to make and it looks great with all my Christmas decorations on the fireplace. Thanks so much for letting me spend this time with all of you and I hope to be back with you again soon!
Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!
- 12” Styrofoam tree/cone
- David Tutera Wedding (burlap)
- David Tutera Celebrate (mini kraft tags)
- Core’dinations Cardstock (Tim Holtz Kraft Core & Shattered)
- Hemptique (red twine)
- Studio Calico (wood veneer snowflakes)
- The Stamps of Life (star and word stamps)
- Close To My Heart (ink)
- Bella Blvd. (wooden snowflake button)
- Martha Stewart (hot glue gun)
- Misc. (artificial pine stems, pine cones)