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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Let's Make some Christmas Trees!

I needed a few accent Christmas trees for some vignettes that I was working on today.   The standard cone shapes that you can get at the craft stores weren't the size that I needed, plus I wanted some "skinny" trees.   So, I decided to try my hand at making my own ''custom" cones


I needed a tall tree...about 21"...and it needed to be fairly skinny.

This is where I needed it....behind a picture frame on the mantle.  The distance between the frame and the fireplace was only about 5" so you can see my problem!

I made my cone by recycling some empty soda cartons that I had on hand.   I love Diet Cream Soda...lol!   The cones are simple to make ...just flatten the box, roll it up in a cone shape, and tape it together.   The cone needs to stand straight, so measure the length that you want your tree, mark it in a few places, and cut. 
There will be a hole in the top of the cone to put some hot glue in.

Just shove the tail of your garland in the hot glue...

Start wrapping the garland around the cone.   You can hot glue the garland to the cone how ever you want to.....I just glued it in a few places as I will probably repurpose the garland next year!
I didn't decorate my trees a whole lot as I will be using them as what I call "back drop" trees.   

I added a bow to a couple of them....

glued some garland around one of them...
I "potted" the big white one and added a tree topper to one of them.   They would look cute with little ornaments hot glued to them....just use your imagination!
It took me about an hour to make these five trees.   I had bought most of my garland at the sales last year and the forms were free, so it is a very inexpensive project....and super simple!



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78 comments:

  1. love them!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. You help to make it so much fun.♥

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  2. Penny!! Great idea!! I LOVE those trees especially those pink ones!! I have started decorating int he Living Room, I hope to have the LR done except for the Tree and platform before I go back to work tonight. On Sunday and Monday , I hope to get the outside done as they are saying we might have snow here next Friday!!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  3. Wow, Penny, I would absolutely never have thought of that. Awesome!

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  4. Great idea, Penny. I adore little trees at Christmas. I have many that I display, too. I think I just may try this. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful home at Christmas. Deb

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  5. Now that's what I call a project on a budget... Fabulous! They turned out great Penny and I'm going to keep that idea for future use. The Ideas using that are endless!

    Have a blessed day Penny! Edie Marie

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  6. Your trees are so pretty Penny!... love how you used mostly what you had on hand... can't wait to see them all with your home decorated for Christmas... xoxo Julie Marie

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  7. Beautifully done, Penny. You have such imagination! I do love your romantic country home. (And I like diet cream soda too - also diet cranberry ginger ale!) :-)
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  8. Hi Penny, thanks for sharing that and I love them. Great job. Have a nice day and I saw it on katherines corner. Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. What a cute idea. I bet the girls would like doing this as long as I used the hot glue for them. xo Diana

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  10. What a clever idea! I love the recycling you made. The trees are amazing.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  11. Your trees are lovely, and so frugal - great job! Saw your link at The Thrifty Groove, thanks for sharing with us. Mary

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  12. Thank you for linking up with us on the Foodies and Crafties Soiree Blog Hop and Linky Party! These trees are adorable. I have a thing for Christmas trees- I think we're put up at least 10 of various sizes every year.

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  13. Christmas is my second favorite holiday after Halloween and this just got me super excited about it early! Love these trees! Just wanted to show some love from #foodiescraftiessoiree

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  14. These are really pretty! Great job making them yourself! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

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  15. So beautiful and simple to make! I am sure my daughter would love to make them and decorate our house:) Pinning, so I can show that to her later!
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

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  16. Wow! You did a wonderful job! You knocked my socks off!

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  17. Stunning! I have to try this. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)

    http://lemonpaperdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/welcome-to-craft-create-inspire-linky.html

    Claire x

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  19. What a great idea to create those pretty trees!

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  20. What super great tutorial.. Thanks for sharing. You are very creative. Hugs Judy

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  21. these trees are so pretty, love the bows on them. I would love it if you could share this on my weekly link party Serenity Saturday on my blog Serenity You

    Natasha xx

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  22. Your Christmas trees are so super cute! I especially love the different colors of the tinsel next to each other, very enchanting!

    I'd like to invite you to share this post and up to two others at our From the Farm Blog Hop, which is live right now. Your style of blog posts would fit right in with the wonderful posts that are shared!

    From the Farm Blog Hop

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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  23. These trees are so pretty, Penny :-) Love them all !

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  24. I love these trees. I am especially in love with the white one. I haven't seen that garland yet this year, can you tell me where you got it. I'd love to make me some trees. You have inspired me.....

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    1. Karen,, I got the white garland at Hobby Lobby ...hugs, Penny

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    2. Thanks. My nearest Hobby Lobby is 50 miles away....however, I am planning a trip as I type....thanks again.

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  25. How cute and creative are your Christmas trees, Penny?! I can see endless possibilities with this idea. Thanks for sharing these!

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  26. What a fun project, and they turned out beautiful!

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  27. Oh my gosh! How fun are these?! I could totally see some of these beauties sitting on my mantel. Thanks for the idea, I'm absolutely making a few this year. Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

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  28. Penny, These little trees are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing how to make them at the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  29. Well I just spent 79 cents apiece to buy poster board to do this exact thing.....Should have just bought some diet dr pepper!

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  30. Love your trees, they are so pretty! I am planning to make some trees this season as well and I am so glad that your project was similar to what I was going to try, you encourage me to give it a try!!!!
    I linked over from the Craftastic Link Party where I am participating with my
    Free Quilled Autumn Basket,
    Sympathy Card
    I would love it if you'd stop by.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

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  31. Great idea for making trees. Love them.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  32. Ha! I am impressed!! I had no idea those were made from garland, love them!

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  33. I love your use of recycling in making these creative trees. They are very festive.

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  34. Hi lovely lady.
    So Beautiful love your great Idea for making your Christmas trees so sweet.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  35. You are the most creative one and these little trees are adorable.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  36. These are great! and I love how you made them from recycled products!
    I would love it if you linked up with our party this week!
    http://www.sowderingabout.com/2013/11/awesome-things-tuesday-and-giveaway.html

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  37. You are seriously creative thank you for the inspiration!

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  38. Terrific idea - your trees look great!

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  39. oooh i really really like the white one. thanks for the tutorial! thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party

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  40. These are gorgeous! I love the colors you used! I'd love for you to link it up at a party that I and twelve other bloggers are hosting. We'd love for you to link this and any other post you'd like to share - the more, the merrier! :) Hope you're having a fabulous day, and that you can stop by! http://stringtownhome.net/?p=754

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  41. Wonderful!!! I love the idea! xo
    Thanks for linking with Twirl & Take a Bow! xo

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  42. Very festive! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  43. These are cute!! What a easy and also kid friendly project! I'm pinning this one to our talent board! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze

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  44. What a brilliant idea! Love them all!!!
    Thank you for linking up with Handmade Café! http://oksanalikesit.blogspot.com/

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  45. What a great idea to make a cone from leftover cartons!!!!! Brilliant! The trees will look so lovely in your decor! Thank you for sharing with Inspired Sunday.

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  46. Great project, love these :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays...

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  47. Such fun Christmas trees and beautiful! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness , Kathy

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  48. Your trees are gorgeous! Very creative. Thanks so much for sharing them with us on Twirl and Take a Bow! ~Tammy

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  49. Genial, genial!! Que original y que bonito!!
    Una idea fantastica!!
    Muchos besos!
    Nika

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  50. Excellent Idea, brilliant, I´m going to do them myself. They are cute and inexpensive, You have a beautiful blog, I am a new follower xo

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  51. Que linda propuesta para hacer con los chicos!!! Gracias por compartir

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  52. I love your trees! Great idea! I did not know your blog. I will follow you

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  53. Hi! Excellent work. I liked very much the trees, they are very delicate. I adore your kitchen, what good decoration. Pretty weekend!!

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  54. Your skinny trees are adorable and super easy to make, thank you so much for sharing them and join the party!

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  55. Hi Penny,
    I've featured your trees on my blog! Great job!
    http://oksanalikesit.blogspot.com/2013/11/handmade-cafe-link-party-5-features-5.html

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  56. I would have never guess it is tinsel garland. Very pretty.

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  57. These trees are pretty darn cute

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  58. Penny think of it all! They turned out so stink'n cute!

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