OMG! Imagine my surprise when I saw packages of mesh tubing, silver bells and chenille stems at Dollar Tree. I always had in mind to see how mesh tubing would work on cone shaped trees but didn't want to buy more of anything mesh since I had plenty of the regular kind and had really fallen out of interest in using it. But for a dollar, how could I go wrong. And then I saw regular little bells - in packages of 50 and 25, depending on the size. Wow, bells are not cheap in craft stores! And hanging next to them - glitter chenille stems! Say what you want about the Dollar Tree but it's becoming my go to store for lots of craft items!
And I don't think you can make an easier holiday project using these items. here's how:
First, roll poster board (also from Dollar Tree) into a cone . . .
cutting off excess (side and bottom) to even out and taping side edges.
Secure end of mesh tube on bottom edge with hot glue, and begin twirling tube around cone, pushing the mesh tube down as you wrap. Hot glue tube in place every few wraps. *Mesh tube has a pattern of its' own so be sure to let the tube "relax" to its shape as you are wrapping the cone without stretching it.
You can tighten the top area when reaching and glue in place to finish.
I painted the next cone silver since you might be able to see between the tubing and wrapped it the same way.
Once the cone is wrapped with the mesh tubing, take a chenille stem and fold it into six points to make a star. I know, a star has five points but you need an extra one to glue onto the top of the cone.
Pinch together each point and begin shaping chenille around to form a star.
Once you have the star shape, wrap the last two chenille pieces together to form a straight side. Make another, and glue the two together at the points for a fuller look.
Hot glue stars on top of the cones.
For the green tube tree, string bells on a string and . . .
wrapped them around the cone by tacking the ends on using a needle and thread.
Not bad for a few dollars!
Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!