Craft a fabric Christmas tree with a zippy garland

I fell in love with Kathleen George’s Fabric & Zipper Christmas Tree, and decided to make one, too. I’m always looking for easy crafts, especially this time of year, so I took a shortcut or two when I made my Fabric & Zipper Christmas Tree. Today, I’m sharing both versions of the Fabric & Zipper Christmas Tree, and you can DIY one or both, and add your own flair. Be sure you’re following along on the giveaway during the Festival of Trees this week, too. (I just added a few more prizes, so read on!)

DIY pretty Christmas cones made with fabric & zippers. Easy DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen George designed the Fabric & Zipper Cone on the pedestal. My version is on the right.

To make a Fabric & Zipper Christmas Tree Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 9” cones
  • Christmas fabrics, ½ yd.
  • 6” cone, additional supplies:
    • Green fabric, scrap piece
    • Zippers: 36” metal zippers, one in white and two red
  • 9” cone, additional supplies:
    • 22” separating zipper with gold teeth, one in white
    • Red cord, 36”
    • Small ornament (topper)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; optional: knippers

To make a Fabric & Zipper Christmas Tree Cone:

6” Cone with the zipper flower tree topper:

  1. Cover the cone with fabric. You can either wrap the fabric around the cone, or create a patchwork covering. To wrap the fabric around the cone:
  • Glue one edge of the fabric to the back of the cone.
  • Wrap the fabric around the cone.
  • Trim the fabric neatly so there is 1” of overlap at the back of the cone, and glue the fabric to the back of the cone.
  • Trim fabric around the bottom of the cone, leaving about 1” extra all around. Cut tabs ½” apart, and glue tabs to the bottom of the cone.
  • Repeat at the top, leaving an extra ½” of fabric. Cut tabs and glue to the top.

To cover in a patchwork pattern:

  • Using pattern, cut four pieces from assorted fabrics.
  • Glue each piece to the cone. If the pieces don’t match up exactly, that’s o.k. because you will cover the seams with the zippers.
  • Glue and pin the excess fabric to the top and bottom of the cone. Clip and trim fabric as needed so it lay flat.
  1. Decorate the cone:
Zipper detail from a tabletop Christmas cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Layer the red zipper on top of the white zipper.

  • Separate the zippers. If they don’t come apart at the bottom, use knippers to remove the closed end and the zipper pull.
  • Cut four, 7” sections of the red and white zippers. If you covered your cone in a patchwork, be sure to glue the zippers over the fabric seams. Glue the four white zipper pieces to the cone, evenly spaced around the cone. Layer the red zipper pieces on top, and glue in place.
  • Pin and glue the extra lengths of zippers to the top and bottom of the cone.

4. Make a zipper flower:

  • Separate the remaining red zipper. Hold a zipper strip face down in your left hand, with the metal teeth facing left.
  • With your right hand, make a loop with the zipper strip, keeping the front facing down.
  • Glue the petal in place in the middle of your flowers.
  • Make four or more petals, gluing each one in the center before going on to the next. Make sure you have a little strip of zipper left for the center.
  • Roll the remaining zipper into a tight coil, gluing as you roll, and glue to the center of the flower.
  • Optional: If you’d like more contrast, you can also make the coiled center from a different color zipper.

5. Glue the flower to the top of the cone. Optional: Cut out leaves from green fabric, and glue to the top of the cone.

Tree toppers for pretty Fabric Christmas Tree Cones. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Top off your cone with a zipper flower, a purchased ornament, or?

9” Cone with the purchased ornament topper:

  1. Cover the cone with fabric.
  • Glue one edge of the fabric to the back of the cone.
  • Wrap the fabric around the cone.
  • Trim the fabric neatly so there is 1” of overlap at the back of the cone, and glue the fabric to the back of the cone.
  • Trim fabric around the bottom of the cone, leaving about 1” extra all around. Cut tabs ½” apart, and glue tabs to the bottom of the cone.
  • Repeat at the top, leaving an extra ½” of fabric. Cut tabs and glue to the top.

2. Decorate the cone:

Love this -- use zippers to decorate tabletop Christmas cones. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wind the zippers around, just like garland on a tree.

  • Separate the zipper.
  • Wrap the half without the zipper pull around the cone, and glue in place. Hold in place with pins, if needed, while the glue dries.
  • Wrap the red cord around the cone, gluing in place on the zipper.
  • Position the zipper pull at the end of the remaining zipper half, and starting at the top of the cone, pin and glue the zipper pull in place. Wrap the zipper around the cone in the opposite direction.
  • Add the red cord to the zipper.
  • Trim the extra zipper at the base of the cone.

3. Glue the ornament to the top.

Two beautiful Christmas Cones to DIY. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make the cone on the right in an hour or less, and the cone on the left will take just a little while longer.

Kathleen also made these striking, Zipper & Fabric Ornaments.

These are gorgeous & must-have ornaments for the tree this year. They're made with fabric, zippers and a ball of Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Zipper & Fabric Ornaments by Kathleen George.

If you have a lot of fabric scraps on hand, go see Rebekah Meier’s scrappy (and beautiful), Christmas decorations.

What a pretty collection of easy, stash-busting Christmas crafts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Scrappy Fabric Christmas Cone

Scrappy Fabric Christmas Wreath

Retro Fabric Christmas Wreath

Now, about the giveaway . . .

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 with last Friday. 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.

Here’s what’s new — I’m also going to pull five names to win a copy of the magazine Christmas Ideas from Better Homes & Gardens. As we celebrate Christmas trees this week, I’m excited to tell you that STYROFOAM Brand Foam decorates the tree on the front cover of the magazine! Kathleen George designed these Glittered Starburst Ornaments.

Christmas Ideas magazine giveaway! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The Glittered Starbursts (right) by Kathleen George decorate the front cover of BH&G Christmas Ideas magazine!

So, stop in everyday this week to see what’s new, and leave a comment telling me what you think of the Festival of Trees! You might win:

  • A collection of 20 different craft books and magazines* and a $50 gift card.
  • Or, a copy of the magazine Christmas Ideas.

*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.

**Please note: the giveaway is closed.**

The Festival of Trees returns tomorrow . . .

Beautiful, Christmas tree crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sorry for the long post today, and thanks for hanging in there with me.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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20 Responses to Craft a fabric Christmas tree with a zippy garland

  1. D Keels says:

    I had a little challenge keeping the zippers in place. I think I might be using an inappropriate glue. ………..Yep. I just checked, your instructions which advise using a low temp glue gun. I’m certain that will hold sufficiently.

    • Sharon says:

      Exactly — a low-temp glue will work great, or if you use a thick, white craft glue, pin your zippers and trims in place while the glue dries. Once the glue is dry, you can take out the pins. pin your zippers andSo you made these? Please share a photo of your trees on the Crafts ‘n Coffee Facebook page — I’d love to see them! Happy crafting, Sharon

  2. vanesew says:

    That’s amazing and Original!!! great Job!

  3. CraftyB says:

    What a fun idea!! It adds a touch of silver pattern to the trees – very sharp!

  4. Angie says:

    Zippy? Zippy! I was not getting a mental picture of this item until I actually saw the zipper teeth used as a decoration. I have seen a zippy pin created like a rose before. This is a first for me to actually see one utilized to decorate a Christmas tree. Very cool!

  5. LisaM6 says:

    Love the zippers on the trees. 🙂
    Great tut.

  6. Love the trees. Can’t wait to make a few of these. Great ideas. Thanks!

  7. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    Love those Glittered Starburst Ornaments, I am definitely making those with my kids this year!

  8. Angie f says:

    Thanks for sharing, I love how the zipper bow looks on this one!

  9. Stunning zipper trees!! I wasn’t sure if I liked them or not but I really do! ❤ Can't wait to see the gold and white trio of trees towards the end of this post!!!
    I just found a bunch of zippers and I might just give this a try!!!
    LOVE the tree on the cover of the magazine!!! Fingers crossed that I might win the big giveaway so I can pick up some stuff I need for Christmas crafting!! Thanks for the chance to!!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m glad you like them, Barb. The zippers can be repurposed ones, too, so you can use what you already have on hand. I’m so glad you like the tree on the magazine — another example of the everyday — toothpicks and balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, transformed into something beautiful. Happy crafting! Sharon

  10. annehaun says:

    What a great idea – I would never have thought to use zippers in crafting projects!

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