Are you a fan of burlap, twine, buttons, and other rustic or vintage accents? If you’re wondering how to add rustic touches to your Christmas decorating, then take a peek at these DIY, Shabby Chic Christmas Trees. Burlap? Check! Twine? Yep. Buttons? Of course! Designer Rebekah Meier made these Shabby Chic Christmas Cones in a favorite, vintage Christmas style. As the Festival of Trees continues, I’m sharing a new Christmas topiary tree every day this week, and wrapping it all up with a giveaway, too. First, the tutorial . . .
To make Shabby Chic Christmas Trees, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12”, 10” and 6” cones; 1” ball
- Burlap in white, ½ yd.
- Quilt batting, bamboo, ¼ yd.
- Macrame cord in natural
- Jute twine in natural (chose a thin cord, as you’ll string buttons on the twine)
- Lace, assorted trims
- Pearl head pins
- Buttons, assorted
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
To make Shabby Chic Christmas Trees:
Burlap Cone, 12” tall
1. Pin a 2” square of burlap over the top of the 12″ cone.
2. Cut burlap into 1-1/2” strips.
3. Wrap a strip around the cone, and secure with glue and pins. Trim excess burlap.
4. Continue wrapping the burlap strips around the cone, overlapping the strips as you go.
5. Decorate your cone:
- Wrap a ¼” strip of quilt batting around the top and bottom of the cone.
- Wind a strip or two of lace around the cone on the diagonal; secure with glue and pins.
- Add strips of lace around the cone, pining and gluing in place.
Batting & Button Cone, 10” tall
1. Pin a 2” square of quilt batting over the top of the 10″ cone.
2. Cut batting into 1-1/4” strips.
3. Wrap a strip around the cone, and secure with glue and pins. Trim excess batting.
4. Continue wrapping the strips of batting around the cone, overlapping the strips as you go.
5. String buttons onto a 30” length of jute twine. Wrap the twine around the cone, and secure ends with glue and pins.
6. Wrap pieces of lace around the cone and secure ends with glue.
Macramé Cord Cone, 6” tall
1. Gently press the 1” ball on a firm surface to slightly flatten one side. Glue the flat side of the ball to the top of the 6” cone. Gently press the sides of the ball to form a taper.
2. Pin the macramé cord to the center top of the 1” ball. Wrap the cord around the cone, securing with glue. If needed, add pins to hold the cord in place while the glue dries.
3. Tie knots in the center of short lengths of lace, and pin to the cone with pearl head pins.
We’re halfway through the Festival of Trees. If you missed the White, Christmas Flower Cone or the Fabric & Zipper Christmas Trees, go take a peek. And be sure you stop in again this week so you don’t miss any of these pretty, tabletop Christmas trees.
The giveaway info . . .
To celebrate the Festival of Trees, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to your favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby), along with a box packed full of 20 craft magazines and 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.)
I’m also going to pull five names to win a copy of the 2015 magazine Christmas Crafts from Better Homes & Gardens.
To enter, leave a comment every day during the Festival of Trees, starting with last Friday. Every comment will serve as an entry, and the winners 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.
**Please note: the giveaway is closed.**
Thanks for stopping in today, and happy crafting!