12.11.2009

Frugal Friday: A Tutorial~

Here is a simple, yet festive, idea for some last minute Christmas decorations or gifts. Yes, these are from last year, but I'm moving, remember? And besides that, I think it's such a fun idea that it bears repeating...

Christmas Tree Topiaries





Supplies you will need:


Cone floral forms – these can be found at most floral and craft stores.
Spray paint – the same color as the yarn or twine you choose.
Twine or yarn – If you choose yarn, you will want a type with more loft – I used chenille yarn for the version here.
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Straight pins with colored ends (optional)


Easy instructions:



1.Start by spray painting your cone the color of the yarn or twine you will be using.
2.Allow the cone to dry completely.
3.Starting at the bottom, use a dot of hot glue to attach the end of the yarn and wrap upwards.
4.Use dots of hot glue every once in a while to keep the yarn in place.
5.The top is the trickiest part. You will probably want to cover the top with hot glue as you coil your yarn or twine to the center.
6.I left my topiaries as is, simple and elegant, but you can also adorn them with little "ornaments." Straight pins with large brightly colored ends work best for this.


So for just a few minutes of time you have a lovely addition to your Christmas decor. Or by adding a plump candlestick to display the topiary, you can give a great last minute gift. Simple, elegant and festive.

And next Friday is the Holiday edition of the Frugal Friday Linky Party here at the Shabby Nest! Get your Frugal Holiday Ideas ready and link up here to share the fun!!

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Have a great Friday~

14 comments:

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love this idea, and they look so pretty! I also love that it is a affordable, easy craft to make! I may have to give this one a try! :)

I hope you are having a good week! :)

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix
They turned out so pretty, and it seems like they're simple (and inexpensive) - the perfect project! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Shannon www.OldWorldCharm.info said...

Wendy, is there no end to your stylish creativity? :-)

They're too cute!

Shannon

Kasey said...

so i need the details on moving girlie!!

Diana said...

I love this idea. Thanks!

The Chubby Dove said...

Squeal! Love this idea!!!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

I've seen these done with twine, but I like the yarn even better. So cute!!

Great minds must think alike, I just did a project with one of those cones too. :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love these. I'm hosting a dessert buffet for neighbors next weekend and I plan to cover the cones in marshmallows for the centerpiece. So cute.

LuLu said...

I want to make these! Such a great idea :) i know i've told you that a hundreds of times but it's soooo cute!!
thanks for the steps... i needed them!
happy Friday,
xo,
LuLu

Kirsten said...

so looove these! Im going to have to make some :) so sweet!

Shelley in SC said...

Ooh, I'm picturing this with that slightly greenish gardening twine. Thanks for the idea!

Holly said...

My big sis is ever so talented. They are adorable!!

wherewomencreate said...

These are fabulous!
And thank you for your support of WHERE WOMEN CREATE. Inspiring women like you are an honor to know.
Happy Holidays!
Much love
Jo

prashant said...

the perfect project! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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