DIY a trio of rustic, Shabby Chic Christmas Tree Cones

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 . . .

Love the vintage and rustic accents on these Shabby Christmas Cones. DIY on

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
Buttons, burlap, lace and more on vintage Christmas Tree Cones.

These Christmas cones have favorite, vintage details like buttons, burlap, and lace.

To make Shabby Chic Christmas Trees:

Burlap Cone, 12” tall

Burlap detail on a Shabby Chic Christmas Cone.

Trim your burlap cone in lace garlands.

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

Sweet, button garland strung on a Shabby Chic Christmas Cone.

Wrap a sweet, button garland around the cone.

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

Sweet details on a Shabby Chic Christmas Cone.

Add tiny bows to the Macrame Cord Cone.

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.

Beautiful Christmas DIY -- make vintage style, Shabby Chic Christmas Cones.

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.

Beautiful, Christmas tree crafts on

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!


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29 Responses to DIY a trio of rustic, Shabby Chic Christmas Tree Cones

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  3. Thank you for all of the inspiration, Sharon. I’ve just completed my tree project: Best wishes, WG

    • Sharon says:

      What a beautiful collection of trees! I love every one, and each has its own style. Your little forest will certainly dress up the luncheon! Thank you so much for stopping and sharing! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    I really like the monochromatic trees.

  5. Simply delicious!! LOVE these!!

  6. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    Love the burlap and lace combo!

  7. Angie says:

    These Christmas trees are so sweet! I love the fabric art involved. Who’s grandma always had a button jar? I also had a great aunt that did tatting. The pieces that are left are not large enough for a garment or a pillow case. They would look perfect on the Christmas trees. Adding decorations with the family collections brings cherished memories.

    • Sharon says:

      I remember my grandma trying to teach me to tat, Angie. It was not my cup of tea! It is a beautiful, lost art, however. I love your idea of displaying precious needlework — and memories, on these trees. Thank you! Sharon

  8. Laura says:

    WOW! How generous, and thank you for this awesome opportunity ~

  9. Becca Christensen says:

    Gorgeous.Just added new trees to my collection.

  10. love the shabby chic trees. I plan on making the burlap tree.

  11. Angie F says:

    These are beautiful! I love the neutrality of them and the button garland on the middle sized tree is adorable!

  12. annehaun says:

    Oh do I love these trees – these are my favorite so far – can’t wait to see what else you have!! Time to get out my trims and buttons and get busy!

  13. D Keels says:

    Thank you for the close-up photos. Along with the instructions, those photos help with constructing the trees. Now, I have found the perfect use for some stray white buttons in my stash box!

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