DIY a White, Christmas Flower Cone (and a new giveaway)

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.

Gorgeous! Made with paper punches and a Styrofoam cone.

White, Christmas Flower Topiary by Kathleen George.

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.
Beautiful detail on a White, Christmas Flower Topiary.

Kathleen used two different paper punches to make her flowers, and two different colors of pearl head pins.

To make a White, Christmas Flower Cone:

  1. Paint the dowel white, and insert it into the foam scrap to hold it upright while the paint dries.
  1. 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.
Christmas craft tip -- How to make a pattern to cover a Styrofoam cone.

Roll the foam cone on the reverse side of your paper, and trace along the top and bottom curves to make the pattern. Your paper will be white and not orange, of course!

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Punch out your flowers from different papers; you need approximately 70 – 75 flowers.
  1. 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.
  1. Wrap two – three, ¼” wide strips around a pencil to form loose curls. Glue the curls around the flowers pinned to the base.
Love this! It's easy to make with paper punches and a Styrofoam cone. Tutorial on

This would be beautiful displayed almost anywhere, from the mantel to your dining room table.

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.

Gorgeous! Make them all on

Glittered Christmas Topiary  

Vintage Crepe Paper Topiary Trees 

Twine Trees

Felted Trees  

Ribbon Loop Topiary Tree  

Creamy Christmas Button Topiary  

Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees 

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!

Beautiful, Christmas tree crafts on

Happy crafting,


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118 Responses to DIY a White, Christmas Flower Cone (and a new giveaway)

  1. CraftyB says:

    Wow, these are beautiful and it is time for a new holiday mantle display!!

  2. patricia wahl says:

    I love the flower tree and plan on making one or more. I have craft flowers that will be perfect.

  3. Amanda Whitley says:

    i really love the white flowered one you made.

  4. My favorite one is the Vintage Crepe Paper Topiary Tree

  5. Joan Kubes says:

    It’s a neat idea to use zippers to decorate ornaments.

  6. Amanda Whitley says:

    i keep seeing trees like these in the store but so expensive so i love this idea to make my own.

    • Sharon says:

      Why buy when you can DIY, right? You are so right — when you DIY these, you can change the colors, the punches, etc., and really make them your own. Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. sandifrommichigan says:

    Love these trees they are so unique in everyway. Thank you for sharing them and helping get me in a Holiday mood!! Goes with our first snow

    • Sharon says:

      It must look like Christmas up in Michigan! We have a few inches here, too, but I think you had a lot more than we did. Enjoy this holiday week! Sharon

  8. Joan Kubes says:

    I will be making handmade gifts for Christmas this year.

  9. I’m going to the craft store this weekend to pick up supplies so that I can make my own.

  10. Joan Kubes says:

    Looking at this makes me really get into the holiday spirit!

  11. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I also love the tree toppers on each of the unique trees! Really pretty for a centerpiece!

  12. I love topiaries!! You can do so much with them.

  13. Joan Kubes says:

    I love looking at new craft ideas for inspiration!

  14. Amanda Whitley says:

    love this idea!

  15. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I love that button tree! Such cute ideas! And thank you again for the giveaway!

  16. Joan Kubes says:

    I saw a really pretty idea for making a home made gift. You make caramel sauce and then have a jar of that with a green aplle and red apple on top. All wrapped up with a bow it looks beautiful!

  17. Yolanda says:

    I love all of the trees. The white flower tree is beautiful! The button and glitter tree are easy enough for my students to make. Combining the trees together in some way would be very interesting medium look. All 3 of the trees would be a beautiful alternative for students in my classroom that do not celebrate the holidays. It is difficult to come up with interesting projects for my students to create. Because I teach middle school, self-contained ESE students, I have my students for 3 years. I cannot reuse projects and need to find new things to do each year to keep things fresh and interesting. I will look through old magazines with kids crafts for ideas. Some new “used” magazines would be a great resource. Many of the trees could be adapted to a winter theme rather than a christmas theme. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for all of your hard work as an educator. Your kids are lucky to have you! There are so many ways you can adapt these for different seasons and holidays, and they could make beautiful Mother’s Day gifts, too. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  18. Mary Eberle says:

    They are all so pretty. I really want to try to make some!

  19. Pamela says:

    Christmas hads to be the easiest and most fun time of the year to decorate and make things.
    There are so many possibilites and ideas that never end. Lots of times there are more ideas than time…..Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

  20. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    The white Christmas decor is so pretty! Reminds me of the trees outside in the snow, so magical!!

  21. Pam Knight says:

    I love your web site

  22. Joan Kubes says:

    I love doing Christmas crafts. What a great giveaway!

  23. Joan Kubes says:

    I think the white colored decorations are beautiful. Love the gold accents.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! There’s so much you can do with this idea. The white is so elegant and matches everything, but you can always change up the papers if you prefer a brighter, bolder Christmas tree. Happy crafting! Sharon

  24. D Keels says:

    This is my first Christmas season where I am subscribed to your blog. What an exciting next few days with your festival of trees. Thank you for such clear instructions for this tutorial!

    • Sharon says:

      Welcome! I’m so glad you found us! I appreciate your feedback, too. I try my best to keep it easy, and of course, you can always ask a question when you’re stumped! See you tomorrow. Sharon

  25. Love love love the trees. I’m new to crafting and your posts are relatively easy to follow along with. Thanks for your ideas, they are great!

  26. Jeanette Smith says:

    Thank you for all your great Christmas craft ideas. Can’t wait till next week to see the Festival of Trees for more inspiration.

  27. Pamela says:

    I love receiving your emails. Always great ideas. The trees are just stunning. Thanks for a chance to win the giveaway. Pam

  28. Kathy Eyre says:

    Thanks so much for the directions to make these, I look at other people’s cone trees an thought I could never make them…maybe I was wrong!

  29. Denise Gallwitz says:

    “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
    ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

  30. Nancy D says:

    Love the white trees! A couple of years ago I made my aunt a small tree using what I had on hand. I had a cardboard cone left over from yarn and red felt and of course my glue gun. She got a pretty, little poinsettia tree. She loved it!

  31. Crystal S says:

    That is a really nice idea for a tabletop decoration. I love the white tree!

  32. Angie says:

    Love this Christmas craft. You could use small poinsettas in red as an alternative color choice. Every time you post a craft, you break it down into easy steps so that any of us can reproduce the project! I love that. Some of us viewers are craft geniuses and others of us are just beginners. Plus, this is a craft that can be done with another person. Could be your teenager, your sister, your Mom, your friend. Makes it twice the fun!

    • Sharon says:

      You are so sweet, thank you! It’s so nice to have your feedback. You’re so right — this would be pretty as a red, Poinsettia Tree! And now I’m thinking about how you could switch out and use pretty pastels for spring, too. So glad you chimed in! Sharon

  33. Everything is so beautiful!

  34. Susan Trimm says:

    Thanks for another great idea!! I have different color Christmas decorations, (purple, red, teal, etc.) so this can fit with any color scheme! Have used your ideas many times crafting with my Granddaughter. Thanks again for all your tips! Happy Crafting!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for adding to the discussion. These neutral trees will go with any decor, and they’re easy enough to change up, too. Thank you, too, for sharing the crafty love with your granddaughter. Sharon

  35. Robin says:

    You have awesome ideas. Thank you.

  36. Pat says:

    The button tree has given me a great idea for my sewing room: a “forest” of tree using the gazillions of old button I have! I could do themes: wooden buttons, metallic buttons, etc. I especially LOVE the embossed paper underneath!! I might even wrap some trees in Christmas scrapbooking paper or Christmas wrapping paper!! Oh! I’m so excited now!!!

    • Sharon says:

      What a beautiful way to display your button collection! Be sure to share a photo of your vintage Button Trees when you’re finished. Thank you for the idea. Sharon

  37. Diane W says:

    Beautiful trees. I Like to get tree ideas and these are great. I love looking at craft books for ideas and craft gift cards are fabulous. Thanks for the chance to enter to win.

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you like them. I agree with you — you can never have too many ideas for inspiration. You never know where those ideas are going to go . . . Happy crafting. Sharon

  38. Becca Christensen says:

    Love love love trees. Have some form up year round. Super excited for the Festival of trees.

  39. annehaun says:

    What a wonderful collection of trees – thanks for sharing these with us! I always free that one cannot have too many trees!!

  40. Patty says:

    This is beautiful! I’ve been having a difficult time finding textured paper so I think I might try some of the textured wallpaper I have in my craft closet. Elegant is my word for this!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  41. Becca Christensen says:

    I absolutely love to decorate with trees of all kinds especially cone trees year round. I am so excited for the Festival of Trees. I have already made a few of this weeks ideas. Thanks so much for the fabulous ideas!!

  42. carole murphy says:

    All are really lovely.

  43. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    Things have been very hectic for me this year and I have not had nearly enough time to be crafty. Was finally able to create a great project for a friend’s wedding recently and it was so wonderful to create something beautiful again!! Vowing to myself to not let life get so crazy that I don’t make the time to do the things I love! So happy to have this blog for inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I hope you can find time to do what you love, too! Be sure to plan some crafty time for the long, Thanksgiving weekend. Happy crafting! Sharon

  44. Carrie says:

    Thanks for showing how to make the cover for the cone! I love the Christmas Flower Cone. These would also make great decorations for a wedding!

    • Sharon says:

      Ooh, I hadn’t thought of displaying this at a wedding and you are so right — any of these cones would beautifully decorate a wedding and the wedding reception. You could easily change them up and use the color theme for the wedding, too. What a wonderful idea — thank you! Sharon

  45. Kate D. says:

    The White, Christmas Flower Cone tree is beautiful! There is a Festival of Trees in the town where I live & I always get some great ideas from the festival.

    • Sharon says:

      Do you have a favorite decorating style for Christmas? There is so much inspiration all around during the holiday season, isn’t there? Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  46. LisaM6 says:

    Wow, love the tree. Using the different punches being used. 🙂 ♡ this!
    How exciting a box of goodies. Thanks so much for the chance to win and for all the great ideas.

  47. Lynnette Lynch says:

    I love that there are endless creative possibilities when it comes to these Christmas trees!

  48. LOVE today’s tree and the Vintage Crepe Paper Tree is also quite stunning!! I could definitely use a gift certificate and some magazines!! I have so many projects on my to do list that I am going broke trying to get all the supplies I need!! Thanks for the chance to win and I am looking forward to all the trees!!! See you next post!

  49. Sharon SS says:

    I always need more books!!!!!……and a chance to go to Craft Stores.

  50. I have done ribbon trees, one in eggplant and one in white. I just love them.

  51. I want to win, I love doing Styrofoam trees…..

  52. Connie Cain says:

    What a beautiful topiary!! It is so elegant. 🙂

  53. Angie F says:

    I love these cone trees but I don’t have the patience for them! I have a few that I started for last Christmas and never finished them… :-/ Maybe I’ll see some that are simple enough during the Festival of Trees to try again!

    • Sharon says:

      Argh, a UFO — don’t you hate that? I hope you find something you really love, too. Most of them are pretty easy, and I know for a fact that next Friday’s tree is super simple! Thanks so much, Angie. Sharon



  55. Katiria says:

    That embossed paper is stunning! It really makes it elegant.

    • Sharon says:

      I agree – it adds a beautiful, subtle texture. You could so easily change the look of the tree depending on the papers you chose, or for that matter, the punches you used (or whatever you programmed into your Cricut, right? 😉

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