My obsession with making cone trees began in 2007 - back in the day before Pinterest existed and everyone had to come up with their own craft ideas. I was living in a crappy apartment and needed some cheap holiday decorations to cheer things up a bit. My pathetic Charlie Brown Christmas tree really wasn't cutting it that year, so I made a couple of button trees to adorn my equally pathetic coffee table. And every year since then, I've made more and more trees out of styrofoam and cardboard cones - some with felt, some with cardboard shingles, and small forest of these yarn-wrapped trees, which are the quickest and easiest of the bunch.
My collection-in-progress of cone trees - both finished and unfinished.
I kept these monochromatic - the shades of gray remind me of a cozy wool sweater. I made the solid colored ones a few years ago. I love graphic patterns, stripes, and black and white, so last night I whipped up the striped trees to give the collection a little more visual interest.
Also, holy crap, it's gettin' all Martha Stewart up in here. Someone find me a beer and my self-respect, stat!
Materials | styrofoam cone, yarn, glue
Equipment | scissors, straight pins
+ Some types of glue will cause styrofoam to dissolve. White glue works well for this project - I used my favorite glue (Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive) which is my preferred glue for all of my Handmade Holiday projects because it sticks to everything and dries quickly.
+ Wrap the yarn starting at the bottom of the cone, gluing as you go. Use ball-head straight pins to secure the yarn when you start. You can also use the pins as you wrap to keep the yarn in place while the glue dries.