Monday, December 22, 2014

Fabric Christmas Tree

This is great for small spaces like a dorm, or to put on a table as a centerpiece or on the mantle. And if you happen to have cats that stalk and nom on any and all plant life in their general area, this is a good way to have a tree without having it tipped over and ravaged.

This is an easy project - should take you no more than an hour!

Step 1: What you'll need!

  • a foam cone (any size you want!)
  • green felt (1/4 - 1/2 yard max)
  • a straight stick that is an appropriate size for your cone
  • glue OR straight pins for attaching fabric - I used pins
  • flower pot
  • bit of cardboard
  • beans or rocks to fill pot
  • scissors
  • tape
  • fabric for making a small tree skirt
  • something to make a star from
  • lights for around the base
I think pins are easier to use with the foam - no waiting for drying, and you could reuse the cone with another fabric later. Felt is the best fabric to because it has more body and is heavier, but it's good to experiment. You might find something that works better for you. I also considered using wide green lace!

Step 2: Prep the pot!

Trace the top and bottom of your pot. Cut inside the drawn lines, especially the one for the bottom of the pot so it will fit down inside. You're just waiting to cover the drainage hole so no beans fall out.

Step 3: Insert stick into cone

I did this using a a human drill kinda motion - push up into the cone while twisting hard. Make sure the stick is secure - at least a few inches into the cone

Step 4: Final pot prep

Insert the smaller cardboard disc into the bottom of the pot and then fill with beans.

Cut a hole in the middle of the larger cardboard disc just big enough to insert the stick.

Assemble everything to make sure it's a good fit. It the stick is a big too long, cut a little off. :)

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