Recently I saw some Beaded Cone Trees and knew I had to have them for the fireplace mantel in our family room. So I did what any DIYer would do, made my own DIY Christmas Cone Trees with glitter and glam.
The inspiration trees are covered with gold and white beads but I decided I wanted mine to be wrapped in fabric, metallic spray paint, and glitter paint. In all honesty, the thought of working with all those tiny little beads...well let's just say that I'm a klutz and there's no telling what kind of chaos would ensue if my hands got a hold of all those beads.
These are the materials I used to make mine...
Place a sheet of bristol board vertically on a work surface. We will be making three trees, one at 26-inches high, another at 22-inches high, and the third at 18-inches high.
Mirrored Cone Tree Materials List:
- 3 sheets of Bristol board (dollar store)
- White duct tape
- Hot glue gun
- Metallic ribbon (fabric store)
- Bag of assorted mini mirrors (Michaels)
- Silver Wire Beads (6 per pkg) (Michaels)
Beaded Cone Tree Materials List:
- Rust-oleum Silver Metallic Spray Paint
- Self-adhesive Pearl and Gem stickers (dollar store)
Chevron Cone Tree Materials List:
- Silver spray glitter
- Sequin ribbon (fabric store)
- Silver bead strand
Making Cone Trees
- Tape a piece of string onto the bottom right corner of a sheet of bristol board.
- Wrap the opposite end of the string around a pencil until it measures 26-inches when pointing down onto the bristol board (as pictured above).
- Starting from the left bottom corner of the board, draw a line across to the opposite side (as pictured above).
- Cut along the line with scissors.
- Roll into the shape of a cone, ensuring the top stays tight.
- Secure the cone in place with tape. I prefer using white duct tape because of its adhesion and so it blends in with the color of the bristol board.
- Repeat Steps 1-6 for the next cone measuring 22-inches.
- Repeat Steps 1-6 for the last cone measuring 18-inches.
Mirrored Cone Tree - 26 inches tall
Mine cost $22.00 - Theirs $74.95
- Starting at the bottom, wrap a strand of Silver Metallic Ribbon around the cone, adding a dab or hot glue here and there to secure in place.
- When you reach the point where you started, measure approximately a 1/2-inch, cut the ribbon and fold the raw edge under. Secure in place with a dab of hot glue.
- Repeat Step 1 -2 until you reach the top of the tree.
- Try to keep your seams lined up to one another (they will be on the back of your tree).
With a hot glue gun, glue the mini mirrors onto the front of the silver wire beads. The beads come in assorted sizes you find the one that fits the opening best.
Glue the mirrored metal beads randomly around the tree and glue one to the top of the tree (as seen in the first picture).
Beaded Cone Tree - 22 inches tall
Mine $8.00 - Theirs $44.95
- Paint the 22-inch cone silver using Silver Metallic Spray Paint. Mine took two coats for full coverage.
- Once the paint is completely dry, run assorted size self-adhesive Pearl and Gem bead strands vertically up the tree. I found my bead strands at the dollar store. Even though they are self-adhesive, place a dab of glue on the first and last bead of the strand for extra adhesion.
- For added interest near the top, end the pearl strands evenly around the tree, leaving just the gem strands run to the top.
Chevron Cone Tree - 18 inches tall
Mine $10.50 - Theirs $34.95
- Spray the 18-inch cone tree with silver spray glitter. It took several coats to get full coverage.
- Once the glitter spray is dry, run a strand of silver beads around the base of the cone tree securing in place with a hot glue gun.
- Run two strands of silver beads around the top (as pictured above).
- Glue three beads onto the top of the tree.
- Wrap double strands of silver sequined ribbon, leaving about three inches between each double strand (as pictures above).
- In the space between the sequined ribbon, run the silver beads in a chevron pattern around the tree, securing in place with a hot glue gun.
Silver Glitter and Glam with a sprinkle of Winter White is our theme for the holidays in the basement family room!
This poor pathetic 4-foot Charlie Brown Christmas Tree has been a holiday fixture in our house since the kids were babies. We don't have the heart to get rid of it so it takes a lot of shiny decorations to distract from the ugliness that lies beneath.
All things considered, I don't think it looks too bad, especially when paired with our much adored Christmas Village!
This is the earliest we've decorated for the holidays EVER!
When do you start your holiday decorating?