How To Make Beaded Christmas Cone Trees For Less

Don't you just love it when the holiday decorating catalogs come out? I sure do because they're always chock-full of inspiration. This girl on a beer budget seems to gravitate towards the most expensive items on the page. Recently I saw some gorgeous beaded cone trees that would be perfect for our fireplace mantel but the price was way over our budget. No matter how much I tried to put those darn trees out of my mind I just had to have them. So I did what any DIYer would do, made my own version of their Beaded Christmas Cone Trees for a fraction of the price.

DIY Christmas Cone Trees

How To Make Beaded Christmas Cone Trees

The inspiration trees are covered completely with gold and white beads but I decided to cover mine with 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 bull in a china shop and there's no telling what kind of chaos would ensue.

These are the materials I used to make mine...

Beaded Christmas Cone Tree Materials

Instructions for making beaded Christmas cone trees

 Bristol board Christmas Cone Trees
Place a sheet of bristol board vertically on a work surface. We will be making three trees at these heights:
26-inches high
22-inches high
18-inches high

Bristol Board Christmas Cone Trees
  1. Tape a piece of string onto the bottom right corner of a sheet of bristol board.
  2. 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).
  3. Starting from the left bottom corner of the board, draw a line across to the opposite side (as pictured above).
  4. Cut along the line with scissors.
  5. Roll into the shape of a cone, ensuring the top stays tight.
  6. 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.
  7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the next cone measuring 22-inches.
  8. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the last cone measuring 18-inches.

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      Mirrored Cone Tree - 26 inches tall

      DIY Mirrored Christmas Cone Tree
      Mine $22.00 - Theirs $74.95

      Mirrored Cone Tree Materials List:

      3 sheets of Bristol board (dollar store)
      White duct tape
      Hot glue gun
      Wide Silver Metallic ribbon
      Bag of assorted Mini Mirrors For Crafts
      Silver Wire Beads (6 per pkg) (Michaels)

      Metallic Ribbon for Christmas Cone Tree
      1. Starting at the bottom, wrap a strand of Silver Metallic Ribbon around the cone, adding a dab of hot glue here and there to secure.
      2. When you reach the point where you began, measure approximately 1/2-inch, cut the ribbon and fold the raw edge under. Secure in place with a dab of hot glue.
      3. Repeat Step 1 -2 until you reach the top of the tree.
      4. Try to keep your seams lined up to one another (they will be on the back of your tree).
      Mini mirrors and metal beads to embellish Christmas Cone Tree
      With a hot glue gun, glue the mini mirrors onto the front of the silver wire beads. The mirrors come in assorted sizes you find the one that fits the opening best.
      Mirrored Beads and Metallic Ribbon on Holiday Cone Tree
      Glue the mirrored metal beads randomly around the tree and glue one to the top.

      Beaded Cone Tree - 22 inches tall

      Pearl Beaded Christmas Cone Tree
      Mine $8.00 - Theirs $44.95

      Beaded Cone Tree Materials List:

      Silver Metallic Spray Paint
      Self-Adhesive Pearls for crafts
      1. Paint the 22-inch cone with Silver Metallic Spray Paint. Mine took two coats for full coverage.
      2. Once the paint is completely dry, run assorted size self-adhesive Pearl and Gem bead strands vertically up the tree. Even though they are self-adhesive, place a dab of glue on the first and last bead of each strand for extra adhesion. 
      3. For added visual interest end the pearl strands evenly about 4-6 inches from the top of the tree and continue to gem strands only to the top.

      Chevron Cone Tree - 18 inches tall

      Chevron Beaded Christmas Cone Tree
      Mine $10.50 - Theirs $34.95

      Chevron Cone Tree Materials List:

      1. Spray the 18-inch cone tree with silver spray glitter. It took several coats to get full coverage.
      2. 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.
      3. Run two strands of silver beads around the top (as pictured above).
      4. Glue three beads onto the top of the tree.
      5. Wrap double strands of silver sequined ribbon, leaving about three inches between each double strand (as pictures above).
      6. 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. 
      My version of the Beaded Christmas Cone Trees may not be as polished as the retail originals but I love them just the same. Place them over a large mirror or a bed of fluffy white feather boas like I did.
      Trio of DIY Beaded Christmas Cone Trees
      The poor pathetic 4-foot Charlie Brown Christmas Tree pictured below 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.
      Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that went all glam
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      DIY Beaded Christmas Cone Trees
      Has this inspired you to make your own version of Beaded Christmas Cone Trees? Perhaps you've already made some. I'd love to hear what materials you used to make yours.