Wow- I can’t believe Christmas is only one week away, can you? I even got a head start on shopping this year and I still feel like Christmas is coming too soon. This past week, besides changing dirty diapers and wrapping presents, I found a bit of time to make a one more holiday craft – a few mini Christmas “trees.” I read that you can make tree forms from paper plates which is considerably less expensive than buying styrofoam forms. However, when I attempted this, my trees were too short, a bit crooked, and extremely flimsy.
So I headed over to Hobby Lobby to see exactly how much buying styrofoam forms would break the bank. I bought a few small and medium sized forms for about $2-5 each – not really too bad considering I planned to keep my final creations around for future Christmases, unlike the flimsy paper trees which might’ve lasted through the end of the month.
I bought 1-2 other supplies but already had most of the things that I planned to use for this project. (Using supplies you already have = saving money!) In order to explain what I did, you’ll need to see the “after” picture:
Tree #2: Romantic Lace Tree – I used a long piece of cotton lace and hot glued it around the tree, starting at the bottom. For the topper I used a red ceramic drawer pull with a bit of bronze detail.
Tree #3: Fancy Farmhouse Tree – Macrame cord was attached to the form with hot glue, starting at the bottom and winding all the way to the top. I used a wooden brown and gold drawer pull with a delicate floral pattern and then added some upholstery tacks as “ornaments.”
Which one do you think is my sons’ favorite?! 🙂
I must add that I attempted to use double sided tape but I couldn’t get it to stick to the styrofoam. My preferred method was a low-temperature hot glue gun which made thin glue lines that dried pretty quickly.
**This could also be a great memorable craft to make with the kiddo’s assuming an adult helps out with any gluing or cutting.
I hope this post has brought you some joy and inspiration. Have a very merry Christmas!
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