A Festival of Christmas Topiary Trees: Craft vintage Crepe Paper Topiary Trees

Today kicks off a week-long festival of tabletop Christmas topiary trees, packed with tutorials to make your own small forest of Christmas topiary trees. I’ll have sweet, tabletop trees made with felt, twine, wool roving, paper, buttons and one of my favorites – vintage Crepe Paper Topiary Trees. (You’ll see Rebekah Meier’s Crepe Paper Topiary Tree on the left in the photo below.) By week’s end, I’ll have included tutorials for all of these tabletop topiary trees. And I may even squeeze in a few more . . .

Learn how to make all of these beautiful tabletop Christmas trees on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A Festival of Christmas Topiary Trees by Rebekah Meier.

You can make Rebekah’s sweet & ruffled vintage Crepe Paper Topiary Treesin the creamy palette above, or in the bright cream & red below. The technique for making these crepe paper trees is the same, no matter which colors you choose. Use what you have on hand to decorate the top – a sprig of greenery, a glass ball, or maybe a jingle bell.

how to make vintage crepe paper topiary trees

Vintage Crepe Paper Topiaries by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Crepe Paper Topiary Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6”, 8”, 9” or 12” tall cone
  • Crepe Paper Rolls, 2” wide, your choice of colors
  • Embellishments: Small ball ornaments, glittered snowflake, glittered star, jingle bell, tags, greenery, glitter, glitter glue, ¼” wide ribbon, fine wire, etc.
  • White craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; small paintbrush

To make a Crepe Paper Topiary Tree:

1. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin a strip of crepe paper around the cone. As you pin, gather the strip in your fingers, creating pleats. When finished, check to be sure the crepe paper row is pinned on straight and covers the cone; adjust if necessary.

2. Add a second row, overlapping the first row by about ½”. Continue adding rows until the cone is covered. Alternate the colors used in each row, if you like.

3. At the top, fold excess paper onto the top of the cone and pin in place. If there’s too much crepe paper, trim away the extra.

4. Here are a few ideas from Rebekah for finishing your tree:

how to make Christmas topiary tree

  • Brush craft glue onto a small glass ornament and sprinkle with glue. Let the glue dry. Poke a small hole in the top of the tree using the points of your scissors. Glue the ball into the hole.
  • Tie on a ribbon bow.
  • Tie on a tag with gold wire, and decorate the tag with glitter glue.
  • Glue on a small sprig of Christmas greenery or a glittered star.

I can’t wait to share the rest of Rebekah’s Christmas topiary trees. See you tomorrow!

P.S. Be sure you’ve entered this week’s giveaway for the book Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration. In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women.

Happy crafting,

Sharon

This entry was posted in Christmas Crafts, Craft Tutorial, Home Decor, Paper Crafts, Topiaries, Weddings and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to A Festival of Christmas Topiary Trees: Craft vintage Crepe Paper Topiary Trees

  1. monica amaya says:

    i love them!!! i definitely are going to be making these :)

  2. These are absolutely lovely and are on my to-do list for the weekend!

    • Sharon says:

      Why, thank you. Rebekah Meier is an amazing designer, and I’m so happy that she’s shared these Christmas Topiary tutorials with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers. More to come! Sharon

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s