Today I’m sharing a holiday craft put together in maybe 10 minutes, which is perfect for all of the hustle and bustle this week. It’s a simple Christmas tree decoration made out of a foam cone form, lace & beads!
When I was photographing it to share, some snow miraculously fell in my house to make a cameo in my picture. We’re that
Alright, down to the details… I originally got the idea from a friend who had made cute little trees using foam and Christmasy ribbons during a craft party. I didn’t want to copy exactly what she had done of course (although her’s were really cute!), so this is a sypsie version : ) To make the tree, I used the foam form, some lace and a gold beaded strand I found at Joanns for $2.50 each. I also used pins that I already owned but they’re very cheap to pick up as well.
I attached the lace first, which was perfect because it had the hemmed side, and a ruffled side, making the lace stand out and look less cone-ish. I used the sewing pins to attach it every few inches, and just wrapped it around until she was fully covered.
To attach the gold “garland” I also used pins at the top of the cone to attach it and then wrapped it around until the spacing was good. To keep it in place, I just dabbed a few drops of hot glue every few inches and it worked like a charm. When I got to the end of the strand, I pinned it underneath the cone to hide the awkward stopping point.
Now for the topper! I went into my bead stash and found these pearls (I keep all of my old costume jewelry that I don’t wear anymore and cut the necklaces to keep the beads) and some metal pins that are used for making jewelry.
Then, it was just kind of loosey-goosey… I added beads to the pins and stuck them in the top of the foam cone until the foam was no longer visible. I used more beads in the center and less on the sides to give it a tapered look, and the pins went into the foam very easily.
After I was happy with the top, I was done!
The whole project cost less than $10 and there were multiple sized of foam, so you could even make a little forest if you wanted and use different colored beads. This little guy now sits on my kitchen counter and I love how the neutral colors and metallics of it can even make something as simple as foam look good. Check out our other posts below for more inspiration, or subscribe at the top of the page!