If the Christmas season is making you a little loopy, de-stress tonight with this easy Christmas craft – a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. I know I talk a lot about changing up colors to suit your style, and this Christmas Cone is the perfect example. Designer Patty Schaffer made it two different ways – vintage style with sheet music, and a more vibrant version with Christmas papers. Which one is your favorite?
To make a Paper Loop Christmas Cone (vintage style), you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone
- Papers: Vintage-style sheet music; patterned papers
- Beading pins, ¾”
- Braid, ribbon or other trim, 6” length
- Large jingle bell
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors
To make a Paper Loop Christmas Cone (vintage style):
1. Cut the sheet music and patterned papers into 4” x ½” strips. Patty’s mix of paper strips was about 2/3 – ¾ vintage sheet music, and the rest cut from the patterned papers.
2. Bring together the ends of a paper strip, forming a loop. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin the loop to the cone. Continue pinning paper loops all around the bottom of the cone. Mix up the assorted papers as you go.
3. Start the second row, pinning on the loops so that they are offset from the first row, and cover the pins below.
4. Continue pinning on rows of loops till the cone is covered. For the last row, fold over the loops and pin the ends to the top.
5. Pin and glue the trim around the top of the cone.
6. Glue the jingle bell to the top.
Here they are side-by-side. The Vibrant Paper Loop Cone is made with three vibrant, Christmas pattern scrapbook papers, and has a stack of five – six buttons pinned to the top. The tutorial is the same as the one for the Vintage Paper Loop Cone. I hope you’ll take this idea and make it your own!
While you’re making those paper loops, why not make extra for a coordinating Paper Loop Wreath?
If you’d like to see more of Patty’s paper magic, check out her etsy shop.
I have a fun Friday planned, packed with lots more Christmas tree cones and a celebratory giveaway! I hope to see you tomorrow.