Estate sales. Love them. Last weekend I was driving down the road, and like a mirage in the distance, I saw an estate sale sign, and of course, I made a sharp (and slightly dangerous) right-hand turn. Within minutes I was in some basement of some house on some street looking for some thing. Then, I found it...old maps of Europe and old sewing patterns from the 70's. I knew they'd be perfect for Christmas trees. You're thinking, "what?" Well, read on ladies. I used those maps, patterns, and some other craft supplies to create five Christmas cone-shaped trees to add to our holiday decorations this year.
Tree One: Old Maps
Here's one of the maps and the Styrofoam tree I used.
First, I cut two-inch strips of the map.
Then I made some fringe.
Finally, I pinned the map fringe around the cone.
I found a wooden spool at Michael's. I just set the tree on top of it for some height.
Tree Two - Patterns
I used the old patterns on this tree.
While I was cutting up the patterns into long strips, I was thinking, "Now, I won't ever be able to sew that 70's jumpsuit."
Wrapping the pattern strips around was really easy. I just secured them with pins each time one strip ended and I had to add another. I'm sure you could glue them down, too, if you wanted something more permanent.
My last step was hot-gluing some silver beads around the tree.
Tree Three - Twine
For this tree, I used a big cardboard cone, some twine, and some ropey-green ribbon.
I had some spray adhesive, so I sprayed a layer of that on the cone before wrapping the twine around. I think it would totally work without the spray, too, though.
I topped it with a sparkly bird that I got out of the $1 bin at Michael's.
My last step was adding some green ribbon around the cone for a little color.
Tree Four - Paper
While shopping around Michael's I found some double-sided scrapbook paper. I picked that pack of paper and this medium-sized cone right up.
I cut the scrapbook paper into strips and then curled the edges by running my scissors along the paper (like curling ribbon). Then I just used masking tape to tape the paper to the cone.
Tree Five - Yarn
This tree is my personal favorite. I used thick yarn, some pom pom ribbon (I love me some pom poms, I even made Mrs. Kelly use them here), and a medium sized Styrofoam cone.
The ribbon kind of sticks to the cone as you wrap it. So, this step is super easy and fun.
Then, with a quick wrapping of pom poms and a sparkly ball on top (yup, from the $1 bin), this tree was done.
|This tree is resting on top of a wooden candle stick from Michael's.|
Off to my next sale,
Mrs. Kelly Comment: I like the map tree! I'm evergreen with envy for your mad crafting skills. Also, despite my love for the pattern tree I am a little disappointed (being honest) that I will not be getting a holiday jumpsuit from you this Christmas. I just saw Kim Kardashian wearing one yesterday...guess she skipped over that tree. Nice job!