This fun Christmas tree is made with nothing but garden twine and regular white glue. Cover a styrofoam cone with plastic wrap to create a mold for your tree. Dip lengths of twine into white glue and wrap them around the cone, making sure the twine overlaps to strengthen the final tree. Let the glue dry completely, and gently pull out the mold. Decorate your finished tree with bright red berries for a festive touch.
Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. You'll need: 4x8-foot sheet of luan; latex paint or water-based stain; staining pad (if using stain); drill; 1/2-inch paddle bit; colored craft string; upholstery tacks or push pins; 6-foot strand of 12-gauge wire; tennis ball; picture nail; hammer; battery-operated LED twinkle lights; duct tape in metallic finish; scissors; chalk.
Shabby chic is the look HGTV fan rosevinecottage was going for when she decorated for Christmas. The tabletop pink feather tree features satin pink ribbon and a silver-beaded garland. Shoe and purse ornaments, along with a pink basket tree base with a delicate flower fabric, add feminine touches.
Implementing red and gold into your tree's decor brings an elegant touch to your home. The red tree makes a bold statement, while the musical-note ornaments and a treble-clef tree topper are a nod to Christmas carols.
Pack a big holiday punch into smaller rooms by grouping thinner, medium-sized trees together. Multiple trees allow you the flexibility to decorate all trees the same or let each tree stand out with its own, unique style.
Boxwood clippings in a white tea cup become a tiny holiday tree. Fill the cup with floral foam and stud with green clippings. Use a hot glue gun to attach silver dragees from your cake-decorating stash. Add sparkle to natural cones and acorns with a thin coat of silver paint.
Put a fresh spin on plastic animal figurines by outfitting them as a kids' garland. Add screw eyes into the tops of each animal, then cut a strand of thread to size (approximately 36 inches long, depending on your tree). Slide beads and animal figurines onto the thread, then secure the ends with knots.
Many artificial tabletop trees are sold with replacement branches. Use scissors to cut the branches into 4-inch strips, then wrap them around napkins. For embellishments, add jingle bells to the branches with twine.
Make whimsical tree toppers from foam spheres, card stock, glitter and paper straws. To create these, cut several straws in different lengths using scissors. Update a basic foam sphere by painting it a color which coordinates with the tree decor. To play with light, consider adding a layer of glitter over the paint for a sparkling effect. In order to attach the spheres to the tops of the trees, make connectors by shaping and cutting card stock into conicals, then pushing them up into the foam spheres. Next, randomly attach the straws to the spheres, then place the toppers on the trees.
Visit your local craft store for an array of silk flowers, like garden roses, hydrangeas and magnolias. Scatter the flowers throughout the branches and then top the tree with richly textured ribbon and a few well-placed ornaments for a high-end designer look.
Transform that pile of coffee filters you have in the cupboard into chic holiday centerpieces. Take this activity to the next level by allowing kids to glue on beads, glitter or pom-poms to create their own tree they can take home.
Handcraft your own ornaments. This tree features pretty, yet simple, ornaments from old paperback books and sheet music. Hand-dyed ribbon and vintage ornaments tie in to the rustic quality of the handmade decorations.