Every year, I seek out tutorials for the most beautiful, tabletop Christmas topiary trees for the annual Festival of Trees. It’s my goal to find all different styles of Christmas cones, so that every reader will find the perfect Christmas topiary to DIY. This year, I had my tutorials all lined up, and then I found a bonus topiary – this striking and elegant White, Christmas Flower Cone. I decided to start the Festival of Trees a day early, so I can squeeze in one more Christmas topiary tutorial. To help kick start your Christmas decorating, I have a giveaway to announce, too.
To make a White, Christmas Flower Cone you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 12” cone
- 6” disc
- Scrap piece
- Wood dowel, ¾” x 4”
- Scrapbook papers, white with different textures, like smooth, pearl, woven and embossed
- Pearl head pins in white and gold, about 75
- Acrylic craft paint in white
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; craft pins; Exacto knife; paintbrush; two flower punches that are approximately 1” in dia.
To make a White, Christmas Flower Cone:
- Paint the dowel white, and insert it into the foam scrap to hold it upright while the paint dries.
- Cover the cone with paper; Kathleen used an embossed paper to cover her cone:
- Position the cone along one edge on the wrong side of the paper.
- Roll the cone across the paper while tracing the bottom curve with a pencil.
- Roll cone back to the edge, tracing the curve at the top of the cone.
- Cut out, and pin and glue the paper to the cone.
- Cut out a 6” circle from the embossed paper and glue to the top of the 6” disc. Glue a 1” wide strip of paper around the edge of the disc. Let glue dry.
- Using an Exacto knife, cut out a ¾” wide hole in the center of the disc. Insert the wood dowel straight down into the disc, and then remove the dowel. Insert the dowel into the center bottom of the cone, and remove. Add glue to both holes and insert the dowel. If the cone doesn’t stand straight, adjust the dowel before the glue dries.
- Punch out your flowers from different papers; you need approximately 70 – 75 flowers.
- Pin the flowers to the cone. If one or both of your flower punches are multi-layered, stack your layers together, insert a pin through the middle, and then pin the flower to the cone. Kathleen used gold, pearl head pins for her multi-layered flowers, and white pearl head pins for the single flowers. Cover the entire cone, including the top, with flowers. Pin several flowers onto the disc around the dowel.
- Wrap two – three, ¼” wide strips around a pencil to form loose curls. Glue the curls around the flowers pinned to the base.
Check out this collection of tabletop Christmas trees. Today’s White, Christmas Flower Cone is the tall one on the left. I have links to the tutorials for the other Christmas topiaries below.
If you’re looking for even more ideas, this post from last year has some beautiful Christmas topiaries, too.
Now, about the giveaway . . .
As we gear up for the holidays, we could all use a little more cash and creative inspiration, right? I am giving away a $50 craft store gift card, along with a collection of 20 craft magazines and project books. This is an awesome assortment of books and magazines! A lot of the magazines are one-of-a-kind and no longer published. Many of these titles are older, but they’re still brimming with great ideas.
If you’d like a chance to win a box packed full of craft magazines and books, along with a $50 gift card to your favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby), leave a comment every day during the Festival of Trees, starting today. Every comment will serve as an entry, and the winner will be chosen at random (just one entry per day, please). Comments will close at midnight on Sunday, November 22 and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, November 24.
**Update on the giveaway — I added a few more prizes! Read about it here.**
**Please note: The giveaway is closed!**
See you Monday next week for a full week of Christmas tree crafts!