Natural Cone Christmas Tree (tutorial)

It’s nearly two weeks to Christmas, and Mr. Charmer and I haven’t put up a tree yet? It’s not because we don’t want one, it’s just our focus as been on our beloved Laid Back Bo.  Spending as much time as we can with each other, short walks of 3 houses up and back, walking in circles around and around in the house.  Playing and just plain loving the heck out of him.  Time is not on our side.

When I woke up this morning I knew I didn’t want to put up a large tree – I’ve been doing several holiday projects using Evergreen cuttings from our yard and decided to make our own small  Natural Cone Christmas Tree that I will use on our Christmas Buffet Vignette.

Let me show you how I made it…excuse photo quality…it’s been very cloudy and overcast the last 5 days.

Supplies you’ll need

a small rattan basket
15 1/2″ Styrofoam cone
sphagnum moss
evergreen clippings, cedar, boxwood and spruce (or whatever you have)
small pine cones
red berries
glue gun

1) Hot glue the cone to bottom (now top) of your basket..

2) Start hot gluing sphagnum to the cone, doesn’t need to be thick, just enough to cover.

You can still see some green showing through.

3) Start adding the cedar greenery to the cone, I used and awl to punch the holes (you want your clippings to be put in at an upward angle, so ends are heading downward) and then stick in the cuttings.  NOTE: After two rows, and patience not my strong suit, I started hot gluing the cuttings on, and worked just fine!

The cone completely covered with the cedar clipping.

4) Next I filled in with some Boxwood and spruce cuttings and hot glued a pine cone to the top..

5) Then I hot glued small pine cones, and red berries to the tree..

I also added a Dollar Tree star to the top, and a candy cane ornament..

I am really tickled with how it came out, it’s sitting pretty on my Holiday Buffet I’ll be sharing soon.

Have you made any holiday decorating using your yard clippings?

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  1. says

    Don’t feel bad… I don’t have my tree up yet or any decorations as a matter of fact!
    Love how your tree turned out… it looks perfect on your buffet :-)

  2. says

    What a gorgeous tree with the cedar, boxwood and pinecones, Cathy–I just love it! I am going to pin this to remember for next year. I did a tabletop tree this year, too, because we only have room for a small one. And I love the little star on top–I picked up a package of those at Dollar Tree, too, and used them to decorate a container by our front door! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. says

    I have no idea how I came across you on pinterest, but the northern Illinois caught my eye. I too, am from northern Illinois! Then I logged on to your blog. What a wonderful eye you have for design. Your house is amazing. Great story behind it! There seem to be a lot of Sears home in my area. I have toured a few that have been redone. Would love to find one that needs TLC. Anyways, I am Liz glad I ran across you!!

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