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


  • Cone, 15" x 5"
Other Materials
  • Brown paper grocery bags, three
  • White stone-look spray paint


  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 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.