Little sets of "cone" Christmas Trees are ALL OVER the blogging world this holiday season, and I've been wanting to make a set for myself. There have been paper ones, yarn wrapped ones, tissue paper ones, coffee filter ones, felt ones, candy covered ones... needless to say, there is quite a variety out there. I originally was going to do mine using curled paper strips, but today, the idea of cottonballs came to me. Easy, cheap, and NO hot glue needed. Yay for no burnt fingertips.
Introducing my Cottonball Christmas Tree Trio.
Since it was so quick and easy, I thought I would do a tutorial on it. Honestly, it's pretty self explanatory, but I felt like showing a step-by-step for those of you craftily challenged.
The supplies you will need are -
(2) sheets of posterboard (I'm too cheap to buy tree forms)
approx. 200 cottonballs
twine, string or yarn
ruler (not shown)
I'm showing you how I made the tallest tree.
Follow these same steps for the two smaller trees (obviously).
First, cut a piece of twine about 15" long
(note, I'm using Kitchen Shears because I was
too lazy to run upstairs for scissors after I started doing the project)
Starting from the pen, measure the length of the
radius of a semi-circle.
(note again, I'm using a measuring tape, because still too lazy to run upstairs for a ruler)
My largest tree had a radius of about 10-3/4".
Be sure to pull the twine taught (I obviously didn't do that, but trying to do this AND take the picture was nearly impossible)
Once you have the length you need, put a push pin in the twine.
Find the center point of the width of your poster board, and then measure down that same distance from the end. My poster board was 22" wide, so the center point was at 11" - I then measured down 11" from the end.
I put a cork trivet under the poster board and stuck the push pin
into the poster board at the marked point.
Pull your pen tight and start drawing a semi-circle.
If you have something large enough to trace a circle, go for it... it would definitely be easier.
Cut out the semi-circle.
SIDE NOTE: My use of kitchen shears and a measuring tape were not really because of laziness, but because I was trying to do and photograph this quick tutorial while my two little boys were eating their lunch not inches from this project.
I'm amazed, food was not thrown into the photo shots.
This is my youngest, Grey.
Please ignore his snot crusted upper lip,
but do note,
the piece of grilled cheese sandwich on his right shoulder.
There you go... said cone.
For the two smaller cones, I went about 2" less (per cone) on the radius.
The medium cone has a radius of about 8-3/4".
The smallest has a radius of 6-3/8".
If you pay attention and position the cottonballs with the rolled end out, they look like little fluffy rosettes. I didn't do this with the two smaller cones because at that point, I was just whipping them together to see if my idea would work.
Glue on your decorative topper.
I used a little ornament.
(wow, do my cuticles need some serious maintenance)
And there you go.
Cottonball Christmas Tree Trio.
I sat mine on a large square platter and filled in the negative space
with little glass balls and ornaments.
It's going to be my Christmas Table Centerpiece.
Question... Should I sprinkle them with glitter?
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