I have a classic Christmas topiary today – a tutorial for making a Christmas Cranberry Tree. Perhaps you’ve admired Cranberry Topiaries in magazines and wondered “who has the time to glue on all those tiny berries??” I know I don’t and you probably don’t either. That’s why this Christmas Cranberry Tree is made the easy way with a string of beads. This also means it’s everlasting and you can display it for years. Here’s the easy, three-step, DIY Christmas Cranberry Tree.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone (or other size of your choice)
- Acrylic craft paint in red
- Wooden bead garland, dark red*
- Sphagnum moss, small amount
- Red cardinal, or other treetop ornament
- Optional: Preserved lemon or magnolia leaves, 24 – 30
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; stiff bristle paintbrush; u-shaped floral pins; wire cutters
*If you can’t find the garland in your local craft stores, Christmas Central has one on sale for $5.99.
To make a Christmas Cranberry Tree (the easy way):
1. Paint cone red; let dry.
2. Starting at the bottom, glue the garland around cone. Where needed, insert floral pins between the beads and into the cone for extra hold. Continue wrapping garland around cone until it is completely covered.
3. Insert small pieces of moss into any gaps between beads. Glue on a red cardinal or other tree topper.
4. Optional: Glue preserved leaves around the bottom of the cone.
And you’re done. Pretty sweet!