STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

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

Materials

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

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Compass or circle template, 1"
  • Craft pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Large cardboard box

Instructions

  • 1. Cut bottoms from paper bags. Cut a slit down one corner ofeach bag to create three large, flat sheets. Cut away anyprinted 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 sidefor 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. Keepstrips divided by width. Cut two small notches into bottom ofeach paper strip as shown in photo; curl strips by pullingpaper over side of pencil.
  • 4.Glue tops of paper strips around cone in rows, securingwith craft pins. Glue widest strips around bottom of cone,followed by 1"-wide strips; leave top portion of cone for 3/4"-widestrips. 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; glueedges to secure and let dry.
  • 6.Place cone tree inside large cardboard box inwell-ventilated area; box opening should be facing upward.Following manufacturer's instructions, very lightly spray amist of stone-finish paint over top of tree. Do not oversprayor paper will lose curl and begin to sag; a light spray maycause some sagging, but paper will return to its originalshape as it dries. Let tree dry completely. For heavier snowcoverage, spray very lightly a second time from the sides; let dry.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Faux Felted Holiday TreesRuffled Paper TreesRetro Holiday Houses