Today wraps up Christmas in July, and designer Beth Watson shares her colorful, tabletop Christmas trees made with felt and pom pom trim. These trees are classics, and I love that the supplies are readily available. Why not pair these DIY tabletop trees with the Holiday Pom Pom Wreath? Both are easy enough, and the kids can help out, too. Here’s Beth and her tutorial for these colorful trees.
Good Morning Crafts ‘n Coffee fans and MERRY CHRISTMAS in July!
Beth here on the blog today to share some fun and Funky Christmas Trees created with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Cones and Expo International Trims, which are both easy to find at your local craft store. Pick up some felt and wooden candlesticks and you are ready to make these quick and easy trees in just an afternoon or evening.
To make Funky Christmas Trees, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand foam: One 7” and two 9” cones
- Expo International trims:
- Felt, 9” x 12” sheets, one each Kelly green, green pirate green and apple green (Beth used Kunin Eco-fi® Classicfelt™)
- Wooden candlesticks and finials
- Spray paint or acrylic craft paints (Beth used a wood tone spray paint)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors
To make Funky Christmas Trees:
1. Following instructions on the can and working in a well ventilated area, apply several light coats of wood tone spray paint to wooden candlesticks and finials. Set aside to dry. (NOTE: Acrylic craft paint would work as well.)
2. Cover the cones in felt:
- Apply a bead of low temp glue along the long edge of the 7” cone and attach to the short edge of the apple green felt.
- Roll the cone to wrap with felt, gluing as you go.
- Trim felt along the original straight edge and secure edge with glue.
- Trim along the top edge, then along the bottom edge.
- From the scraps, cut a circle to cover the bottom of the cone. Glue in place and trim. Repeat for the top of the cone.
- Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 and cover one 9” cone with pirate green felt and the other with Kelly green felt.
Wrap & roll the cone in felt, gluing as you go.
3. Wrap the cones in pom pom trim:
- Note: Don’t cut the trim with each row; you’re going to wrap the cone in a continuous piece.
- Starting at the back seam, glue a row of pom pom trim around the bottom of the cone; position the trim so the pom poms dangle off the cone.
- As you complete the row at the back of the cone, slightly curve the bead of low temp glue upwards to start a new row, and then wrap the trim around the cone again.
- Continue to add rows in this manner till you reach the top.
- Glue a final row around the very top edge. Cut off at the back seam, and adhere the end to the cone with a dot of low-temp glue.
- Repeat, wrapping each cone in pom pom trim. Vary the width of the rows to create different looks.
(You can mix and match your trims and felt colors. Beth used the smaller pom pom trim on the 7” cone; and wrapped the Kelly green cone with the neon green, pom pom trim and the 9” pirate green cone with the white, pom pom trim.)
4. Assemble your trees and glue a finial to the top of each cone, and glue each cone to a candlestick.
I hope you will use my Trio of Funky Christmas Trees as a jumping off point to showcase your creativity to make Christmas in July inspired home décor pieces using shapes of STYROFOAM brand foam as a base!
Thanks for stopping by! -Beth
This wraps up Christmas in July with the Expo International design team. I hope you’ve enjoyed the week! Please remember to enter the Christmas in July giveaway, too. Check out the goodies we’re giving away!
I’ll see you next week on Tinsel Tuesday.