Its time to start decorating for Christmas!!! Finally. I actually managed to wait until after Thanksgiving this year. When I first moved to Tennessee a few years ago, I didn’t have much of a collection of Christmas decorations of my own so I decided I would make some! I was bored one Saturday night and home alone so I went to JoAnn’s and set out to buy stuff to make some Christmas crafts. I didn’t know what I was going to make but I knew I’d come up with some ideas once I got there, and I did. 🙂 I saw the most adorable burlap Christmas tree for sale. It was like $25, but I knew I could easily make something just as cute! It was also incredibly cheap! I found this white burlap in the scrap pile. You know, the one with random sized remnants left over that are always really cheap, and then marked 50% off on top of that? This nice big sheet of white burlap was in there for less than $2! So if you already have a hot glue gun, you only need to buy the foam and burlap! (Check the remnant/scrap pile before buying it from the roll!) This craft is so affordable, and fun to do while watching Christmas movies! When you’re done it looks like an adorable decoration you could find at Home Goods or Target. The hot glue and solid foam cone make it very durable too. I could throw it around without much worry of it smashing or pieces falling off. This makes me super comfortable storing it away and using it again and again for years without worrying about ruining it. 🙂
-A foam cone
-Scrap burlap (can also use burlap ribbon which is probably way less messy, but its also usually more pricey. I also kinda like the shabby look of the tattered burlap edges after they’re cut!)
-Hot glue gun + glue sticks
-Glitter/glitter spray! (Optional)
There are lots of ways you could make a burlap tree, but I made mine by cutting my burlap sheet into strips about 1″ in width and then into pieces about 2″ in length. After this I folded them into a loop and hot-glued them all the way around the tree starting from the bottom and working my way up. Its a little time consuming, but easy. Once I got to the top I wasn’t quite sure how to top the tree so I just cut a circle out of the burlap and hot glued it right over the top of the cone, and then did my last layer of loops over the circle and it looks awesome! When I was all finished, I sprayed some clear glittery spray paint all over it to give it that snowy shimmery look. I love it!
You could change it up by making the loops fatter or skinnier, longer or shorter! You could also use Christmas fabrics for a different look.
Check out some other amazing Christmas crafts from these lovely ladies participating in the Creative Christmas blog hop!