Christmas in July: DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Topiaries

Today is the first day of a weeklong Christmas in July series, with thanks to the design team from Expo International. Today, design team member Donna Budzynski shares her easy, DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Cones. Check out the rich colors and textures in the gimp trim she’s using. I like her subtle chalk paint finish on the wood pieces, too – the understated finish adds another layer of rustic charm to her finished trees. Thank you, Donna, for kicking off Christmas in July! (And, there’s a giveaway announcement today!)

DIY Rustic Christmas decor

Rustic Christmas Cones by Donna Budzynski.

To make Rustic Christmas Tree Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones 
  • Expo International Trim – Hairy Gimp Trim – Cranberry Multi
  • Wooden accents: Pedestal base and finial top for each cone
  • Paint:
    • Chalk paint (Donna used Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ paint)
    • Antiquing medium (Donna used DecoArt Staining/Antiquing Medium)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; baby wipes; water/container
DIY rustic Christmas decor

Trims & cones and ready to go!

To make Rustic Christmas Tree Cones:

1. Paint the wood bases and finials with the chalk paint. Following instructions on the bottle, wipe on the antiquing medium.

DIY rustic Christmas decor

Donna used Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ paint on the wood pieces, and then wiped on an antiquing stain.

2. Squeeze a generous amount of thick, white craft glue onto each pedestal, and adhere the cones. Let glue dry.

3. Starting at the bottom of a cone, wrap the gimp trim around the cone, gluing in place as you go. (Donna recommends Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive for this step). Continue to wrap the cone till it’s covered.

DIY rustic Christmas decor

Just wrap and glue on this luscious gimp trim!

4. Glue a finial to the top.

DIY rustic Christmas decor

Don’t you want to reach out and touch these cones?

These Rustic Christmas Cones would be right at home in an upscale home décor shop. I would want to reach out and touch them if I saw them on display! And wait till you see what Donna is sharing with us tomorrow! I know a lot of you will adore the little guy.

Be sure to stop in at Donna’s blog and say “hello”. Poke around and see some of her other projects, too – I know you’ll be inspired!

When I visited with Debra Quartermain at the Quartermain House B&B, we brainstormed this week’s Christmas in July feature. We also wanted to celebrate the week with a giveaway that will kick start your Christmas crafting! Here’s what’s in the giveaway package:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Two each 10″ and 8″ cones; one 12″ wreath; two 6″ balls; and six, 3″ balls.
  • A collection of trims from Expo International.
  • A few goodies from Ganong, Canada’s oldest chocolate and candy company (read about Debra’s connection to Ganong here). The goodies include a Ganong T-shirt (size XL); a bag of their signature Chicken Bones™ candy; a pair of Roman nougat bars; and two maple leaf lollipops. (Unfortunately, it’s too hot to ship their chocolates.)

For your chance to win the Christmas in July prize package, Debra and I want to know what you’re planning to craft for Christmas this year. Tell us about your Christmas crafting plans by leaving a comment below by midnight on Thursday, August 3, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, August 4.

Happy crafting!


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61 Responses to Christmas in July: DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Topiaries

  1. rummydearest says:

    these are great and very creative! well done!

  2. Are you trying to get me in the Christmas spirit already?! 😉 Great ideas that I must try.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 It’s always Christmas crafting season, don’t you think? I’m so glad you like these pretty trees. What do you plan to craft for Christmas? Happy crafting! Sharon

      • I actually just started, because if you want it up for the holiday season, you need to start early! Im making wood signs for all my family members with Christmas quotes. Other than that, I’m going to try some new things. 🙂

      • Sharon says:

        Exactly! Start now so you can enjoy the holidays without a lot of craziness! The wooden signs sound sweet! Enjoy! Sharon

  3. debraqceo says:

    What wonderful ideas from everyone for Christmas crafting. I love designing holiday crafts to share especially for the grandlittles. Paulette so sorry about your loss, looks like some wonderful supplies are coming your way from the comments here. The Expo International DesignTeam has so enjoyed this week of Christmas in July and I loved having Sharon come visit me at Quartermain House!

    • Sharon says:

      It’s been so much fun all around, Debra, and so glad I could visit and then we could collaborate on Christmas in July! A heartfelt “thank you” to you and your team at Expo International! It’s been so much fun this week! xo, Sharon

  4. Debbie Kaste says:

    I too would love to give my entry into the contest to Paulette Johnson. I would be totally LOST without my crafting items. How sad to loose it all in a house fire. Wish I had Paulette’s addy, I would send her things myself…. Have more than I need and would love to share some. Christmas is by far my most favorite time of year. Will most likely make cards but also enjoy making little decorated bags and hand stitching small ornaments with felt. Am always wanting to try new things so who knows what I will do:) Just enjoy GIVING so much more than receiving!

    • Sharon says:

      Lovely, and the true spirit of Christmas, Debbie. Your Christmas craft plans sound beautiful! I am going to reach out to Paulette to see if my wonderful readers can send a few supplies her way. You all are so generous, and I thank you! Sharon

  5. I have entered into this contest, but please give my entry to Paulette Johnson. She sounds like she is an amazing lady with sharing her crafts with others. Please change my own vote to Paulette Johnson! God Bless!

  6. I will be making Christmas cards like I do every year and glass ornaments as well. I made a seashell ornament for Christmas in July. It turned out perfect!

  7. Frances says:

    I love these topiaries. I will definitely be trying them. I am also making beaded ornament covers as well as beaded ornaments. I have several Crackerbox ornament patterns that I am working on. I love the jeweled look of Christmas ornaments. I’m pretty new to crafting so I hope they turn out as beautiful as yours.

    • Sharon says:

      Yay! So glad you like these tabletop trees! Tell me more about the cracker box ornaments — what are they, and how do you make them? I’m intrigued! I am sure your Christmas crafts will be beautiful, and handcrafted with heart, too. Happy crafting! Sharon

  8. Katiria says:

    Oh wow, Christmas already? I think I’ll make giant outdoor ornaments. Honestly, I can’t see passed the Halloween costume I’m making (Belle for my toddler and Beast for my son or hubby… I’ll probably end up being Beast)

    • Sharon says:

      How is the Belle costume coming along? Your daughter will find it gorgeous and love it, no matter how you think it turns out! Giant outdoor ornaments — love this idea! How will you DIY them? Thanks for stopping in! Happy crafting! Sharon

  9. Maria Shiyou says:

    I am making matchbox Christmas dressers. Last year I made sock snowmen.

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, I am not familiar with these. Are they miniature dressers that you make with matchboxes? What little treasures do you slip in the drawers? Are they ornaments? These sound so intriguing! Thank you for sharing. Sharon

  10. I will be making yarn Christmas trees they are made of yarn bows straight pins and crafting white glue small ornaments or sequins and of course Styrofoam Christmas trees and am going to try to make a wreath doing the same thing to hang on a door and then a big ribbon… You can add bells, jewelry shells to decorate the yarn items. I used to make a clown with a Styrofoam head that sets in a swing (embroidery hoop) very large will try to find my pictures and show you them,, this was in the 80s.

    • Sharon says:

      I love your crafty to-do list! If you can, please share photos of your Christmas crafts — I’d love to see them! Thank you for sharing, and craft on! Sharon

      • I agree with Angie Anderson Dyer, that if I am picked for winning, that it go To Paulette Johnson, wish she lived near me, so I could give her more. Thank you Angie, you are a dear lady. Angel hugs and Happy Crafting..

      • Sharon says:

        You are so sweet! Thank you! I have the best readers here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. xo! Sharon

  11. Nice! I am working on Christmas trees this week too. Christmas Bazaar is right around the corner! YAY!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! What kinds of Christmas trees do you DIY? What’s most popular at the Bazaar? Happy crafting! Sharon

      • I’m working on shell covered cone trees. Each one turns out different, so that is fun. This year is my first for Merry Mermaids theme….it will be an education finding out what is gonna sell. LOL

      • Sharon says:

        Good luck! Mermaids are “hot” right now, so I bet you’ll sell a lot. Let us know what the big sellers are!

  12. Paulette Johnson says:

    Last year we lost everything in a house fire. I had a fully packed craft room too. This year I’ll be making origami ornaments for every one in the family and wreaths for the house, really everything for Christmas. But first there is Halloween and Thanksgiving. I’ve been an avid crafts person for all my married life (51 years). My home has always been craft central for my family and most of the senior class from the high school. I loved it so much. Having all those young ladies and young gentlemen wanting to learn about all the crafting mediums, they had itchy palms to get started and finish. We made a quilt one year. I wish I had all my supplies again. I can’t afford to replace many of them. We didn’t have a class last year and I don’t know how we can this year. But they will come to visit and I’ll have them some cookies and drinks and we’ll get to visit and talk and probably sing a few songs they all know.

    • Sharon says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your house fire — how devastating for you. I hope you can somehow continue to share your love of crafts with your community. It sounds like you’ve shared your talents in a beautiful way, especially with the high school students. I’m sure you’ve made a difference in their lives! Thank you for stopping in and sharing, and I’m sending hugs to you! Sharon

    • Paulette,
      Could you please contact me at, put crafts n coffee post in subject line so I don’t delete it. I have boxes and boxes of craft supplies that are in need of a good home and would like to know what you need, or WANT, most! We can discuss the details and make it happen! (((HUGS))) from me and my 5 year old granddaughter and cohort in spreading the love, Jenna!

      • Sharon says:

        So many thanks for your generosity, Barb! You all are so beautiful! I will reach out to Paulette, too, and if you don’t hear back from her, please let me know. xo, Sharon

  13. What lovely Christmas trees! I like the colors and it makes a pretty fireplace or tablescape. Thank you for sharing, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you like these Rustic Christmas Cones, Angie. I think they look like decorations you’d buy in an upscale home decor store. Love your ideas for how to display them, too. Thank you! Happy crafting, Sharon

  14. Brenda Ackerman says:

    I plan on creating some wreaths and topiaries for myself and for several people as gifts this year! All of the projects are from here so thank you for sharing so many wonderful projects!

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, thank YOU! I love hearing that Crafts ‘n Coffee has inspired you! I’m so fortunate to work with some wonderful designers, like Donna and Debra, who will share their creativity with us. Happy crafting! Sharon

  15. sewtonya says:

    My mom is making a seashell styrofoam tree with my oldest. But I like the look of this much more!

  16. debraqceo says:

    These trees are beautiful, perfect for a winter mantel!

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely, Debra. The colors and the texture of the trim are so rich and luxurious, and will take your mantel from fall right through winter. We have a fun week ahead of us! Thanks for coming by. Sharon

  17. Esther Creed says:

    I am going to try the Christmas Tree Cone and the Cranberry Trees. Can’t wait!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 So glad to hear that! I would love to see your trees when you’re finished — if you can, please send a photo. Thanks for stopping in, and happy crafting! Sharon

  18. Donna Budzynski says:

    Thank you so much for including me on your blog series Christmas in July!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank YOU for sharing your Rustic Christmas Cones with us, Donna! They are a beautiful way to kick off the Christmas in July series. I know you’ve inspired a few readers already. Happy crafting! Sharon

  19. Lorrie Koenig says:

    I am getting ready for fall craft show season so I will be making Christmas wreaths and lot of Christmas centerpieces (using a LOT of styrofoam)! 🙂
    My craft ladies group just did the ribbon Christmas ornament project from your June 20th e-mail. It went great. Thanks for the great idea/inspiration.
    Happy crafting!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for sharing about your craft group — it’s exciting to hear that Crafts ‘n Coffee inspired you and your friends! Do you have photos of your get together and the ornaments? I’d love to see them. It sounds like you have a busy season ahead of you — and lots of fun, too. Happy crafting! Sharon

  20. annehaun says:

    Cute tree – hairy gimp trim is a new one for me. I have lots of plans for Christmas. First off is to make a new Christmas tree skirt and table runner. Next are plans to make several gifts – stocking for the new grand child, decorations for my home (want to make a deco mesh wreath) and little stocking stuffers for the grand kids.

    • Sharon says:

      “Hairy gimp” is a funny name, isn’t it? Almost sounds like something you’d find in the wild. I love your list — so many fun projects! Are you starting this summer? Happy crafting! Sharon

  21. Lisa Dickens says:

    Actually you have inspired me to try making rustic Christmas trees! I love your ideas. Keep them coming.

    • Sharon says:

      Yay! Donna will be so excited that she’s inspired you! Do share a photo of your trees when you’re done — I’d love to see them! Thanks so much for stopping in. Happy crafting! Sharon

  22. Christmas crafting plans here include quite a few of Debra’s awesome projects like: Felted Snowbunny, Snowman & Snow Cubes, DIY Rustic Christmas Trees, Candy Cane Snowman and No Sew Woodland Creatures!
    We are also planning to make a Christmas skating in the Park scenescapes in 1:12 scale either an 18″ X 24″ , 12″ X 12″ or 24″ X 24″ for a very special friend! A few Glitter houses and mini albums should do it but I always seem to add lots of extras into the mix!
    I REALLY love the DIY Rustic trees! They seem to have a nice twist about look to them! I can see the individual strands flying up as it is spun! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! Such a lovely thought!
    The Christmas in July giveaway sounds scrumptious even without the chocolate! 🤞🤞🤞😁🤞🤞🤞 TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      What fun, Barb. I love all of these projects, and you are going to have a blast (and the lucky recipients, too). Just be careful with that felting needle! Thanks for sharing your inspiring plans. Here’s to Christmas crafting! Sharon

  23. Debby Little says:

    My sister Joyce and I get together on Saturday and are making no sew Christmas ornaments for our family in Colorado. We are making wreaths and kitchen towels.

    • Sharon says:

      What fun! Do you get together every Saturday to craft? What a wonderful idea, and you’re starting ahead of the holiday rush, too. Enjoy it! And thanks for sharing. Sharon

  24. Joanne Vest says:

    I have had the fabric to do a shaggy quilt for my daughter, daughter in law and me for about 5 years now. I’m really hoping to get started on those and finish so at least my girls have them. Crossing my fingers!!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 We all have those UFOs flying around . . . I hope you’re able to wrap up your three quilts, and I know your daughter and DIL will cherish them. Thanks for stopping in, and happy crafting. Sharon

  25. itsmefaith says:

    Oh My Goodness… After seeing these Lovely Trees… I want to give it a try…. They are so Beautiful…

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad Donna shared her tutorial, too — it’s hard to believe how easy these are to DIY. Let me know if you make your own. Happy crafting! Sharon

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