Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DIY Xmas Trees


Last week while I was out shopping with my mom, we kept seeing the most beautiful Christmas trees in the stores. There was a particular tree that caught my moms eye. It was covered in gold glitter and beads. So I told her that I could probably make her one.
Fast forward a week and voila... not only did I make her one, I made a forest! Aren't they so pretty? I love the feathered ones, can you tell? LOL



Here are a few pictures I took along the way. 


  1. Using poster size card board, make a tight cone. Start by rolling a small cone in the corner and continue rolling the paper until you achieve the cone width and height you like. 
  2. Hot glue the edge.
  3. Cut off the excess paper until the cone is sitting nice and level.
  4. For the feathered tree, start gluing the feathers on the bottom and work your way up the cone.
  5. For the glittered tree, I first made a shaving cream and glue mix to add texture to my glitter tree. (one part shaving cream to one part glue. I first saw this technique done here. Thanks Brigit!
  6. I then painted on this mixture covering the entire surface. 
  7. Sprinkle on the glitter. It helps to have your glitter in a bottle, much easier to control. FYI this tree took about 24 hours to completely dry!
  8. Styrofoam bead tree, I found this package at the dollar store. Emptied it in a bowl.
  9. Using a paint brush, I painted on my glue and then palmed and pushed the beads on the wet surface with my hand, until the whole cone was completely covered. (Lets just say making this one was kind of a nightmare. The Styrofoam static made the beads stick to everything... I had Styrofoam everywhere! But so worth it. I love the results!

So here is my little forest! LOVE the white with touches of gold. Also, I don't think I spent more than $10 on supplies to make these trees... I think my mom is going to love her new trees as much as I do!



Here is a closer look at the "snowball" tree. Don't they look like little snowballs?


Take a look at the "glittered" tree. Love the texture that the shaving cream mix created!


My favourite,  the "feathered" tree! Looks so elegant and yet the easiest tree I made. To tie them all together I topped them all with the same gold bead.


My "wrapped" tree... Again supper easy and cute!


And here are the trees I kept for myself... I just love how they look in my little wall alcove.


Hope you've enjoyed my tutorial today! The possibilities are endless... now go have fun and make your own. I'm sure they won't be the last I make!

Happy crafting and for all my American friends...
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Scrap it Girls - November "Tree" Challenge and with these great blogs!

70 comments:

Sarah's Little Snippets said...

These are fantastic Ildas!! I love them all...your Mum is a lucky girl :) If I get time before Christmas I'll definitely be making some of these. Thank you for the brilliant tutorial! Sarah xx

Iris said...

Those trees are so beautiful! :) You have a new follower here! :D

-Iris♥
The Blue Birdhouse

aree1997 said...

Oh my , these trees are amazing! So stunning!
I love the tree with brown balls.

Aree, your new follower

http://areewithumbrella.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

Love your trees! They are so cute, and I can really see how they would be easy to make!

Ilda Dias said...

You are so welcome Sarah, can't wait to see your creations!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks for following Iris, glad you like them :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much for coming by Aree and following, hope you get a chance to make one! :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks Rachel, they really are easy!

Brigit said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, I love each one, fantastic job!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

The feathered trees are my favorite too (as you might have guessed! lol)!
I have a tradition of making styrofoam trees in a different material each year, but never thought to MAKE the cone...CLEVER! What a smart, money-saving tip!

Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! I hope you'll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Brigit and for being the inspiration behind one of my trees!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks Kathy! I love making my own cones because you can make whatever size you like. The largest one I made was 28 inches tall, and it only cost me 50 cents! Who doesn't like saving money!

Merry said...

These are so fantastic and definitely look like store bought ones....great tutorial...thanks for taking the time to create it.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Super pretty! I'm going to add them to my cone-tree round up post I did a couple weeks ago!

Ilda Dias said...

You are so very welcome Merry! Glad you liked them :) Happy to see you're following!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Steph for adding them! Woohoo, I feel honoured just to be mentioned on your blog!

craftmates said...

So lovely!!! You are so talented Ilda.

Virna from Craftmates

bonbon said...

So beautiful! I tried a version of this last year, but my trees definitely didn't come out anywhere near as beautiful as yours. I guess yiou just have the gift! I just found your blog and have loved getting to know you better... hope you don't mind if I follow along!

new follower :)
bonnie
bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

Suzi @ chores and chandeliers said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I'm your newest follower! I look forward to see all your craftiness. Happy holidays!!!!

Becky B. said...

G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S!! The feathered trees are spectacular - I'm sure your mom will love them all!

Chrissy | Two Everyday Divas said...

I am completely obsessed with cone Christmas trees this year. I have already crafted a couple and am going nuts on pinterest pinning ever other one I see ;) Yours turned our super cute! I love how white and snowy the feather ones look and the glitter and little ball ones are amazing too. So lovely.

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Virna! You are pretty talented yourself!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks Bonbon! I love that you liked looking through my blog and are following now. I will definitely stop by an visit you on your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and following me! Welcome and Happy Holidays to you as well!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Becky! I LOVE the feathers ones too! My mom did love them. Thanks so much for coming by!

Ilda Dias said...

Thank you so much Chrissy! I think I have started my own cone tree obsession... the possibilities are endless :)

Peggy said...

Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on my Christmas tree craft collection.
Please grab a featured button from my side bar when you get a chance. Thanks
http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/50-diy-christmas-tree-craft-ideas-collection.html

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Nice job on the trees. Love Christmas trees - my favorite Christmas decoration - I think I have about 45 of them.

Jenn said...

What a great idea. The nice thing is that there are so many different ways to decorate the trees. I absolutely love it!

Stopping by from the blog hop.

Christine said...

CONGRATS!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab your featured button... you deserve it!!
http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-44/

Glamorous Mommy said...

They look fantastic! Found you featured over at the DIY dreamer!!!

Fotini

Anonymous said...

I love these trees!!!! I love the glitter and the white feathers! Excellent Christmas craft!!! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

T'onna
Submarine Sunday Link Party @ http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-8.html

Ilda Dias said...

Wooohoooo! Thanks so much Peggy! For sure will grab your button :)

Ilda Dias said...

Yup, I think might be I headed in the same direction! Thanks for stopping by Karen!

Ilda
http://www.ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Ilda Dias said...

P.S. I'm your newest follower! Love your pine cone tree!!!

Ilda Dias said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by... the possibilities are endless! Happy Holidays!

Ilda
http://www.ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

P.S. I'm your newest follower ;)

Ilda Dias said...

Wow! Thanks so much Christine! I didn't realize how popular these little trees were going to be :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks, and thanks for stopping and following Fontini! LOVE that name!!!
Will be following you back!

Ilda
http://www.ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Ilda Dias said...

I'm glad you like them Tonna! Thanks for coming by!

Paula said...

These are so beautiful! We'd love for you to link them at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/11/riverton-housewives-round-up-42.html

Ilda Dias said...

Sure will do Paula! I would love for you to follow my blog as well ;)

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

I am featuring you tomorrow! Thanks for linking up last week!
Kim

Laura {aka scrapaddict} said...

Wow, these are stunning! Thanks for joining us at Scrap It Girl this month!

Candy Spiegel said...

Love the trees. Thanks for playing at Scrap It Girl.

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much "Lovely Mrs. P!" Always a pleasure :)

Ilda Dias said...

I happy you like them Laura!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks again Candy!!!

Polkadot-pretties said...

Thank you for sharing at last weeks Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!

Your awesome project is featured this week ..

Hope you will join us again this weekend

Claire @ Polkaot pretties x

Marianne@Songbird said...

Each one is very pretty but all together they really make an impression. Love your trees!

Scrap It Girl, Kimberly said...

seriously.. so darn cute.. love it thanks for playing along w/ our challenge. Love your trees.

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

These are so adorable! The feathers are my favorite as well!!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Claire!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Marianne! Have to say I'm a huge fan of your work and absolutely love your blog! Thanks so much for coming by... Happy Holidays!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Kimberly!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Ashley! Just creeped out your blog! LOVE it... am so following you now :)

Sarah AJ said...

Pretty! I especially love the feathered ones.

Evelyn said...

Just sprinkled this post at all my favorite places: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest:)
Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!

4 You With Love said...

Wow what simply elegant "trees". I love all of them but I especially like the feather one! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.

Marilyn
4you-withlove.blogspot.com

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Sarah! Me too!

Ilda Dias said...

Thank you so much Evelyn, I'm so happy you like them... they really have been a hit! So excited to be one of your 5 faves! Happy Holidays!

Ilda Dias said...

You are so welcome!

Julie redheadcandecorate.com said...

Thank you for stopping over at our Christmas party Ilda! Beautiful trees! I am pinning :) ~ Julie

Our Pinteresting Family said...

These are so beautiful!

Ilda Dias said...

You are so welcome Julie... I was so happy to have found your blog... Love it! Thanks for coming by and Happy Holidays!

Ilda Dias said...

Thank you so much... Pinteresting Family! Love that name!

Karri Reiser said...

They are so pretty, like the ones you see in the store. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

Karri Reiser said...

I featured your beautiful tree's a this week's link party. Thank you for joining and have a great week.
http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/12/our-favorite-things-link-party-26.html

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks sooooo much Karri!

Peggy said...

Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on this round-up
http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/50-diy-christmas-tree-craft-ideas-collection.html :)
Feel free to grab a featured button from my side bar.

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks Peggy I think I did that already :)