A different sort of Christmas tree

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I know I've been super lame about posting our Christmas decor (aside from our actual tree) but in my defense, I'm having a hard time getting good photos. Our lighting inside sucks lately because it's always so dark outside...I feel like we live in Alaska or something. Ugh. Anyway, it's up and pretty but I felt like our little half bath was missing some Christmas flavor. Of course I put up my customary glass clings on the mirror (judge away - I LOVE window clings!) but I wanted a little more holiday spirit in there. You know, because the bathroom is obvious place to feel Christmas-y! :)

I've been seeing all sorts of little cone like trees in the craft/discount stores and love them. However, I also tend to find something I don't like about them. Either they're made completely of glitter...which I like...but all the glitter is getting everywhere...which I do not like. Or they're over priced. Or made of colors that aren't to my liking. So I decided to make my own little cone tree. It was easy. I started with these supplies from Michael's. It's just a foam cone from the floral department and some green bead strands from the seasonal section.

I grabbed my hot glue gun and got to work. It's as simple as making a stripe of glue and then placing the beads on top. I did horizontal rows over the entire thing but I bet you could glue vertically or even get super fancy and make a design.

I kept on gluing and sticking until the whole foam piece was covered. Then I put a big ol' clump of glue on top and made a spiral with the bead strand there to cover the foam.

And there you go! That was it! Here's the finished product, up close and showcased on the sink in the bathroom:

It was a super easy project and I'm thinking about grabbing some more beads in different colors to make a whole little tree family. Nothing too wild, I tend to keep with the traditional red, green, with some gold and silver thrown in here and there. I also wanted to mention that since I had a green foam with green beads I just got right down to the gluing, but I'm thinking that if your beads and foam are different colors then probably painting the foam would be a good idea. Just going over it with some craft paint should do the trick. I like that it was quick, easy, and cheap! Plus it's sparkly without getting glitter everywhere - score!


  1. Great idea :0) This would be fun to bring out for a Mardi gras party too!

  2. That's such a good idea! I'm sure it'll look so cool to have more of them together!


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