Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thread Cone Christmas Trees!

I've been accumulating empty thread cones for awhile now. I knew there had to be a way to reuse them for something and now we have found it! 
Thread Cone Christmas Trees!

We had a bit of an impromptu craft day and had a great time with this simple, up-cycled craft. The children each picked their favorite yarn and holiday decorations and I love how each of their trees turned out! I will most definitely be saving these!

All you need are some empty cones, yarn, choice of trims and glue.

Start by placing a small dot of glue at the base of your cone. We used hot glue so it would hold secure and dry quickly, but you could use any craft glue.

Continue to wind your yarn around the cone, pushing it snug against each row so as to completely cover the cone. Place small dots of glue intermittently as you go, all the way to the top to help secure the yarn in place. Younger children made need a little extra help here.
 
  
Once you have your cone fully covered with yarn it's time to decorate!
Ribbons and bead strands make great garlands, while sequins and pom poms are the perfect ornaments! We also had some little bears that served as gifts under some of our trees and a variety of toppers from feathers, snowflakes, stars and birds. These were really a lot of fun to make and can be done with whatever supplies you have on hand.

They turned out beautiful and are now happily atop our mantel.

Start saving those cones now for next year and just imagine the colorful collection you can have! I know we'll be doing this again!

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial. And I love the kissing Santa and Mrs. Claus! My parents have a similar set from the early 70's. It was always my favorite growing up!

Kristy said...

Awwww! This one came from my Great Aunt! It was always one of my favorite decorations at her house and I was so thrilled when she passed it to me! Thanks for sharing and commenting!

Pam said...

Fabulous idea, Kristy. I'll keep the cones from now on.

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

I love this idea. I am going to try to find a way to turn these into stocking hangers! So cute and sew cute!
Thanks for linking up @ This Week!

Q @ JAQS said...

I featured your project today :)

http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-10-linky-party-and-features.html

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

THANK YOU!!!! What a great idea - have just posted on fb for suggestions to do with our kazillion empty cones (we have quilt shop - hubby is a longarmer)...someone suggested 'trees' - did a search and found YOU! "Fate" :)

Kristy said...

Awww! Thanks for your sweet comment! And I can't wait to see the "trees" you create! :) Sounds like you'll have a whole forest!

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