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 . . .
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.
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:
- 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!
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