D.I.Y: Mini Xmas Trees by Stella Divina

The holidays are quickly approaching which means that many people are looking to decorate their homes and businesses.  This project is easy to complete and the final result creates an eye-catching piece to be used this holiday season.

To complete this project you will need the following materials:

  • Styrofoam cones (any size will work)
  • Scissors (a sharp sewing scissor works best to cut through multiple layers)
  • felt in four different shades of the same color
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardstock

Preparation

After gathering all of the supplies, you will need to create a simple leaf shape on a piece of cardstock or other sturdy paper. You can use any size leaf shape desired, however, the leaves pictured were created using a 2 2/4 x 11 x 2 inch template.  Once you have created a leaf template, you will need to trace the template onto felt pieces and then cut out the leaves. The number of pieces you will need will vary depending on the size of the cone and the amount of each color you would like to use. You may choose to use more of one color than another. This is a personal preference.  You will also need to cut out a strip of felt (about one inch wide) to wrap around the bottom of your cone.

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Attaching the Felt

Once you have all of the leaves cut out, you will need to attach the felt to the cone.  To do this, you will first apply glue to the one-inch strip and attach it to the bottom of the cone. When gluing, it is important to apply the glue to the felt and not the cone to avoid melting of the cone. After the one-inch strip is attached, begin gluing the leaves around the cone in slightly overlapping rows starting with the darkest color. After gluing 2-3 layers, change colors.  The number of layers can be adjusted according to the size of the cone. The cone pictured is a smaller cone, so you might want to add more layers of each color for a larger cone.

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Final Touches

When you get close to the end of attaching the felt, make sure that the leaves meet the top of cone. Once the final row is attached, glue an additional row on top of the final row by applying glue across the center width of the leaves. Finally, enjoy your ombre tree for many seasons to come!

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Photos from HGTV.COM


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