This week’s Festival of Trees is almost over. I’ve loved sharing so many DIY Christmas topiaries with you, from the Retro Starburst Christmas Tree to the whimsical forest of Paper Christmas Trees yesterday. Today’s Christmas topiary tree is a sweet, Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Tree, lush with the trims and textures that make the season special. (And I’m also announcing our Cozy Home winner.)
To make Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” and 12” cones
- Scrap paper (for pattern)
- Felt, ¼ yd. each of cream, white, and ecru
- Vintage style lace in assorted styles and widths
- Satin ribbon, ¼” wide in cream
- Buttons, assorted sizes and styles
- Various widths of vintage-style lace
- 1/4” cream color satin ribbon
- Small ornaments for tree toppers
- Micro glitter
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; decorative edge fabric scissors; straight pins; disappearing fabric marker; button thread; needle; pearl head pins; small flat paintbrush
To make Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees:
For the 12” Tree
1. Make your cone pattern:
- Place the foam cone on the edge of your scrap sheet of paper.
- Roll the cone across the paper while tracing the bottom curve with a pencil.
- Roll the cone back to the edge, tracing the curve at the top of the cone this time.
- Add about ½” to the top.
- Cut out the pattern.
2. Trace around the pattern onto the felt, using a disappearing fabric marker. Cut out the felt, using the deco edge scissors to cut along the bottom.
3. Wrap felt around the cone and secure with pins. You should have about ½” extra fabric at the top.
4. Cut 3” from the bottom of the cone pattern. Repeat Step 2, using the smaller cone pattern and a different color of felt. Remember to use deco edge scissors along the bottom.
5. Wrap the felt around the top of the cone, covering the first felt layer, and pin in place.
Once felt pieces are arranged, glue in place.
6. Make small snips in the ½” extra felt at the top, fold down tabs, and pin and glue in place.
7. Dress up your cone, decorating it with lace. Start at the top, pinning and gluing lace in place. Stitch buttons to felt using button thread (if you’d rather not sew, I think you could also use a low-temp glue gun to attach the buttons). Add pearl head pins as accents. For inspiration, refer to the photo as you decorate your cone.
8. Brush a thin layer of glue onto the ornament. Apply glitter and shake off excess. Let dry. Glue glittered ball to the top of cone.
For the 9” Tree
9. Repeat Steps 1 – 3 above, creating a smaller pattern for the 9” cone.
10. Cut 2” from the bottom of the cone pattern. Trace around the pattern onto the felt, using a disappearing fabric marker. Cut out the felt, using the deco edge scissors to cut along the bottom.
11. Wrap the felt around the top of the cone, covering the first felt layer, and pin in place. Once felt pieces are arranged, glue in place.
12. Make small snips in the ½” extra felt at the top, fold down tabs, and pin and glue in place.
13. Decorate, following the instructions in Steps 7 & 8 above.
If you love Rebekah’s sweet, vintage style, I know you’ll also love her gorgeous Crepe Paper Topiary Trees.
In fact, Rebekah was the mastermind behind the creamy, dreamy trees showcased in the original Festival of Trees.
I’ll share one last irresistible project from Rebekah – her sweet & sparkling Vintage Snowmen.
And speaking of snowmen, the snow is supposed to fly this weekend – brrr! I have one lucky winner of the Cozy Home prize package, filled with goodies to keep you home warm and cozy this season. Today’s winner is Mandy! Congratulations, Mandy. Please contact me to arrange for shipping.
I’m going to wrap up the Festival of Trees tomorrow with a fun Christmas craft for the kids, so I’ll see you then.
Happy crafting and stay warm.