Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Create Your Own Small Christmas Tree Decor Pieces
First, let me announce that this is my 100th post! YAY!!!! SO happy that you are coming to join us here and spread the word about this blog. Thank you friend!
I have an affinity for creating my own decor pieces, and yes, I think anyone can do this. All you need are some basics, and you can design your own pieces, again and again. I am going to say this piece is more about floral design skills then crafting skills, but we’ll get there.
How pretty is decor tree? Already set up and decorated, it would be beautiful set inside a pretty pot, at the door. For now, I have it set up in my office, pink is my favorite Christmas color. I love this small Christmas tree.
Let me show you how.
First, I bought the biggest Styrofoam cone I could get, and boy do I hate that chopped off top bit. Who wants a cone that isn’t pointed at the top?
So let’s fix that. Cut the scalloped part off of the edges of a paper plate, then roll the plate to form a cone.
Wrap it around the top of the cone, and hot glue into place. You couldn’t do this if you were planning on pushing pins through the cone, but if you are layering like I am, it works perfectly.
Take a long piece of garland, and hot glue it as you wind it around the cone.
Once you have it finished, cut off the excess garland.
You’ll have a nice fuzzy green cone.
Next, add ribbon. I used one color to wrap around the tree in a spiral.
And another to add loops to a bow I created, creating more of a looped top. I also added a small glittered ball.
Once that was done, I added two more boxes of the small and medium pink balls to the tree. I also added one set of pink ribbon bows.
It looks O.K. here, not complete and a little wonky. When I put the balls on, I cut off the hanger tips with a pair of nippers, so they would stay flat to the tree. About 2/3 of the way down, I switched to the larger sized balls. When adding on the bows, I used a zig-zag motion, putting them on down and to the side of the last bow.
Lastly, I added some holly leaves, these were left over from a garland I used the flowers for another project – basically a freebie item for me.
I tucked a three leaf holly piece in next to every ball about half way down. I worked all over the tree, continuing to balance it out. I visualize a triangle and try to keep my leaves within and filling out the triangle in my mind. This allows the tree to be full without being too big and overtaking the pink. When I was done adding the leaves, I added some extra berry stems I had bought in the floral aisle at the craft store.
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that making your own decor pieces is pretty fun. And you can create beautiful pieces that are unique to you!