DIY Christmas Tree Cones

Christmas tree cones.

If you want to decorate your home for Christmas but don’t want to spend a bunch of money, these easy-to-make Christmas tree cones are for you. This simple craft project cost me next to nothing to make and now I have three cute Christmas trees to decorate my mantle.

Making these Christmas tree cones doesn’t require a lot of supplies or effort. This project is so easy even the not-particularly-crafty folks can do it. Follow my step-by-step instructions to make your own crafty Christmas tree cones using yarn and fabric.

Supplies for yarn cones:
Styrofoam cones (I purchased three at Dollar Tree for $3.)
Yarn (I already had some green yarn on hand.)
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Thick paper

Supplies for fabric cones:
Styrofoam cones
Fabric (I had some on hand that I purchased from an estate sale for $1.)
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Thick paper
Straight pins

The steps for making yarn and fabric cones are similar, so I’m just going to go through them at the same time.

Styrofoam cones.

Start with your styrofoam cones.

Styrofoam cone.

The cones I purchased didn’t have pointy tips. I wanted them to actually resemble Christmas trees, so I had to create my own tips. To do this, I simply rolled a small square of thicker paper into a cone shape. Then, I used hot glue to stick the paper on top of the cone. This part doesn’t need to be perfect because you’ll be covering it with yarn or fabric. I just wanted a true cone shape.

Styrofoam cone and yarn.

If you’re making a yarn cone, start by sticking the end of the yarn into the little opening on the tip of your cone. Then, start wrapping the yarn in a circle and securing it using hot glue. Make sure to cover all of the cone.

Styrofoam cone.

Just keep wrapping and glueing. Make sure to use tiny dabs of glue, so the glue doesn’t smush out everywhere when you press the yarn to it. I used one dab of glue per rotation at first, then increased it as I went down the cone. There’s no secret formula. Just make sure the yarn stays tight and secure.

Christmas cone covered in green yarn.


Green and red Christmas tree cones.

For a fabric cone, I simply cut several 1-inch thick strips of fabric and hot glued them to the cone starting at the top. I knew I wanted my fabric cone to look rustic, so I didn’t care if the strips of fabric weren’t perfectly even or that the edges showed. I don’t even care if they fray a little.

Christmas tree cone.

Once you reach the bottom of the cone, be sure you have a wide enough strip of fabric that it can fold over the bottom of the cone. Then, secure it using pins. That’s it!

Christmas tree cones.Christmas tree cones.

Would you make these do-it-yourself Christmas tree cones? Tell me what you think in the comments.

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