When I was a kid, my mom went all-out decorating for Christmas. I remember we’d go to school in the morning and return in the afternoon to an absolute winter wonderland. As we grew older, we’d tease her that “Santa barfed” all over the house, but we not-so-secretly loved how amazing everything looked. When my parents downsized last year, I got to take my favorite Christmas items from my mom’s collection. It means so much to me to have these pieces of my childhood, items that have a thousand different memories. I hope my kids have the same happy memories of the holidays, so in addition to the stuff I’ve inherited from my mom and grandmother, I’ve also started making decorations just like they did. Annabel sat with me while I made these trees, and I can’t help but think in ten years she’ll be like, “Mom, remember when you made those trees and you kept shouting out, ‘ugh there’s so much glitter everywhere?!'” My goal is to have all sorts of stuff for the two of them to pick from (if they want it) when they are old enough to be decorating their own homes.
For a glitter tree you’ll need:
A foam cone (this one was just under 12-inches tall and 5-inches wide at the base, but get whatever size you’d like)
Glue for glittering or Modge Podge
Glitter (I used fine-cut, regular-cut, and jumbo-cut, just for some variety)
A box large enough for the cone to lay in
Start by placing your cone inside of the box. This will contain…some of the glitter. Then slather glue all over that cone. I did it a few inches at a time.
Once you’ve covered a section in glue, shake glitter all over that sumbitch. It was right about here that I realized a mere box lid could not contain the craft cockroach that is glitter.
Repeat your glue/glitter steps until you’ve covered the entire cone.
Stand the cone up to let it dry, sprinkling more of that blasted glitter over any spots you may have missed.
After the glue is completely dry, shake the cone to remove any stray glitter. If there are any bare spots, glue individual sequins over them. OR just add the sequins because PRETTY!
At this point, you can seal the glitter on with hair spray, but glue for glittering and modge podge are actually pretty good at holding that evil glitter in place.
You did it! And you’re probably covered in glitter. When the world explodes someday, only cockroaches and glitter will survive.
For a yarn tree you’ll need:
A foam cone (this one was just under 9-inches tall and 4-inches wide at the base, but get whatever size you’d like)
Super-bulky yarn (Mine had a metallic thread weaved in)
Dressmaker pins or the equivalent
Tree-topper of your choice (not pictured)
Start by pinning the end of your yarn to the bottom of the cone. Also, there is glitter stuck to my nails. GLITTER! *shakes fist*
Establishing the bottom of the yarn tree is important, so I glued the first three rows of yarn to the cone. It made things much easier to maneuver.
Nice and secure!
As I continued to wrap the yarn up the tree, I’d occasionally push in pins to hold the yarn in place.
Keep wrapping, but don’t worry about any gaps between the yarn – you’re going to wrap this bad boy twice.
When you get to the top, glue the top row of yarn in place to prevent slipping.
Pin down the end of the yarn and trim the excess.
Now, do it again! This time cover all the bare spots. Don’t forget to pin as you go!
If you’d like to, add a tree-topper. I glued a red jingle bell to the top.
Ta da! You’ve done it! Your tree is wearing an adorable sweater, and you are still wearing glitter.
I kept singing, “Fa la la la la, la la glitter everywhere!” while I made the trees, and since it cracked Annabel up I couldn’t help but put it on the picture. Annabel thought the glitter explosion was great. I’m pretty sure she’d marry glitter if it proposed.
Any questions, let me know. Have fun!