Snow-Tipped Kraft Paper Tree
Here's an inexpensive way to set a festive holiday table or mantle: Recycle brown bags into whimsical curling pine!nches for faux snow-dusted foam-cone trees.
Completion time – 2-4 hours
Designer – Kathleen George
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Brown paper grocery bags, three
- White stone-look spray paint
- Compass or circle template, 1"
- Craft pins
- Thick, white craft glue
- Large cardboard box
- 1. Cut bottoms from paper bags. Cut a slit down one corner of
each bag to create three large, flat sheets. Cut away any
printed portions of bags.
- 2. Wrap one bag around foam cone and secure with craft pins;
trim excess along side and bottom of cone, leaving 1" at side
for overlapped seam. Glue seam in place; pin to secure.
- 3. From remaining bags, cut approximately 95 strips of paper,
each 4" long. Five strips should be 3/4" wide, 45 should be 1"
wide, and remaining 45 strips should be 1-1/4" wide. Keep
strips divided by width. Cut two small notches into bottom of
each paper strip as shown in photo; curl strips by pulling
paper over side of pencil.
- 4.Glue tops of paper strips around cone in rows, securing
with craft pins. Glue widest strips around bottom of cone,
followed by 1"-wide strips; leave top portion of cone for 3/4"-wide
strips. Slightly overlap strips as you move up cone for tight fit.
- 5. Cut a 1" circle from brown paper and glue over tip of cone.
Clip edges and fold down to hide ends of paper strips; glue
edges to secure and let dry.
- 6.Place cone tree inside large cardboard box in
well-ventilated area; box opening should be facing upward.
Following manufacturer's instructions, very lightly spray a
mist of stone-finish paint over top of tree. Do not over spray
or paper will lose curl and begin to sag; a light spray may
cause some sagging, but paper will return to its original
shape as it dries. Let tree dry completely. For heavier snow
coverage, spray very lightly a second time from the sides; let dry.