Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ruffled Foam Sheets & Glitter Christmas Tree Cones




I've made my share of decorated Christmas tree cones.  I think someone could easily do a post on 1001 ways to decorate a cone tree.  

To add to this, I'm showing you yet another way a cone tree can be decorated using foam sheets and glitter.  This is totally a diy craft starting with making the cone out of poster board, cutting out circles of foam sheets, turning the circles into ruffles using an iron, sprinkling the glue coated edges with glitter and finally gluing the ruffles on the cone tree with hot glue.  That's all it takes to make this easy and elegantly looking tree. 


To start, it was hard for me to take pictures of making a cone for this project since I was alone at the time, but you can go here to see how I made one out of poster board. After making the cone, I started cutting out circles using a 2 1/2" circle punch but found the circles too small so I




traced around the mouth of a 3" plastic cup and cut out around 100 circles at first. I know, very time consuming, but I turned on the Hallmark channel and watched and listened to a marathon of Christmas movies.

Then, I sandwiched the circles between sheets of parchment paper and applied the iron for about 15 seconds. 


Heating up the circles made the foam pliable and easily shaped by cupping it in the palm of my hand and forming what looked like ruffles to me




Using a brush to apply white glue to the edges .  .  .


and then dipped them into glitter


and allowed to dry.


Once dry, the ruffles were glued onto the cone starting at the base.






It's amazing to see how each ruffle would intertwine with the other when gluing them on.




The ruffled Christmas tree cones turned out to be very impressive looking.
Besides using them at Christmas, they could easily fit in as wedding and party décor!




The tallest finished tree measures 24" and the smaller one, 15 inches.






What  glorious ruffled Christmas trees!





Take a little time to enjoy
and
Happy Holiday Crafting!















36 comments:

  1. Very pretty!! I think I will have to make one too!!

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  2. These are really beautiful trees, I love the glitters!!

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  3. Gail, those are positively gorgeous! I could see those used as wedding decor too! I thought I was done with trees, but if I run across another cone, I have to give this a try! (You are going to make me love glitter yet! LOL!)

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  4. Just awesome - I am making a few today!!!

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  5. These trees are absolutely gorgeous Gail! I just love how the ruffles look. Beautiful!

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  6. I want to make one too! Maybe after the holidays! The trees are beautiful and your Christmas tree on the side in the picture is outstanding!! Wait until I show this to my friend who too loves purple......thank you!!

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  7. Stoppin by from Your turn to Shine blog hop! What a beautiful idea and I love that you did the trees in white! So cute!

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  8. So GORGEOUS! What a great idea.

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  9. Oh boy how pretty! Boy if I lived nearby I'd be knocking on the door and buddying up with you on some of these projects! I see your white and purple Christmas tree in the background- pretty!!

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  10. Another brilliant idea Gail. These are just gorgeous. Love the edges dipped in glitter too.

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  11. These are so pretty! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing! Pinned.

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  12. It is amazing that is just craft foam and poster board. You are the craft wizard, Gail! Imagine a whole row of these marching down a table.

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  13. Beautiful!! And they look so easy! I'll definitely have to try them. And I can see them in other colors for other seasons too!

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  14. BEAUTIFUL! Definitely going to Pin for next year! Many thanks for sharing, and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    Judi in the UK

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  15. Very Nice, love them. I did make a quilted Christmas Tree this year, but love yours!

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  16. Like I mentioned in Hometalk, Gail your trees are beautiful! I pinned them on both my Christmas and Wedding Idea boards.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  17. Wow! Those trees are so very elegant and impressive! Thanks for sharing how you made these very creative trees.

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  18. Hi Gail, These are absolutely awesome and I can't wait to get started making a couple of them. Can you tell me about how many circles you get out of one piece of foam? Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! For both trees I used 9 large foam sheets. I was able to get 21 - 3" full circles out of one sheet plus I could punch out about 5 - 2" circles. I used all the scraps for half circles too. I also discovered that all foam sheets are not the same. Some are thicker and I liked the way they looked best. AC Moore had the thicker sheets for 89 cents each and I was able to use a coupon for 20 percent off the total.for a little over $7.00 for 10 sheets. Not bad for a 24 inch and 15 inch cone trees.

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  19. GAIL! This is just amazing! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing at THE SCOOP!

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  20. These are gorgeous! I am amazed that the foam stays crunched when you do it warm? I really want to try this. Pinned!

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  21. I would have never thought that your beautiful trees were made of foam, wow I can see endless possibilities and the glitter is perfect!!! Love Love Love purple!!! Merry Christmas!!!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl Karren

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  22. Very pretty.... and elegant looking. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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  23. These are gorgeous! I never would have guessed foam core. What a unique look!

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  24. This is awesome! I love your thinking outside the box! I would love it if you shared this at the Saturday showcase at http://www.bowdabra.com

    ~Crystal

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  25. These are so beautiful! Happy Yule and New Year!

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  26. I Love everything about it! Just Gorgeous. I'm here visiting from Twirl & Take a Bow Party.Smies.Cindy

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  27. Gail, I have to agree there are possibly 1001 ways to decorate a cone tree and these you have done are absolutely gorgeous. Love the texture they have. Pinning. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  28. I love working with foam and your tutorial is amazing!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  29. Gail I love these so much I'm featuring them this weekend at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party. Hope you have a fun filled New Years Eve!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  30. I am doing one today, but you didn't mention the temp on the iron? I am using a Styrofoam cone and it is the little tiny ones. So might try a couple different sizes. Although I cute some 3 inches and it looks like the right size no matter how small or big the tree is.

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  31. Okay I worked on mine tried every things I have to make round perfect circles and none came out be it I cut them with scissors, have two different blade cutters, so I gave up on perfect. When I put the glitter on it helped hide those flaws. Now I am waiting for them to dry, and hope I have enough but if not I will do the others as I have another sheet of foamie's and I will cut out tomorrow and do white glitter. I used apple green on the first batch. That is my Christmas Theme Trees/Apple Green/White. I also didn't know what temp for the iron but I turned it down and I used waxed paper and it worked well.

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    1. Whoops I forgot to mention that I used the 3 inch size circle also.

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