Sunday, December 16, 2012

How I Decorated for Christmas with $30 [Part Two - Mini Christmas Trees]

Welcome back!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine was filled with rain, rain, lovely winter rain :)  Seriously, I really enjoyed the colder weather and the clouds.  It finally feels kind of Christmas-y down here in Phoenix.

Okay, part two! I have run across about a bazillion mini christmas tree diy projects on pinterest over the last month [as I am sure you have as well, if you're a pinterest lover like me].  The one that particular caught my eye was from this website.  The blogger had made her trees using cereal boxes instead of styrofoam - being that those styrofoam cones run you about $5 a pop, I was intruiged.

total cost: $17 [but you can sooo do it for less]

  • green button tree: buttons, hot glue gun, gree glitter, mod podge, and a styrofoam cone
  • boa tree: mini boa, cereal box, hot glue gun
  • "twine" tree: macrame [left over from junior high!], mod podge, cereal box, hot glue gun
  • felt tree: white felt, fabric pins, styrofoam cone.
Inspiration: All these lovely blogs :) Click on the links below the pictures to head over to their blogs and the original tutorials.
scissor variations
beautiful matters
a-muse studios
You'll notice that I caved in and bought a couple styrofoam cones.  I really wish I hadn't.  I had bought two because I wanted to make a couple of trees that involved using fabric and pins.  But by the time I was done, I realized that I would have been better off to have glued my fabric instead of pinning.  This makes the styrofoam cones more or less obsolete.

In case you totally just skipped over that last paragraph, here's my summary on styrofoam cones: you don't need them.  Just use cereal boxes.

Here's a better way to do the felt and fabric pin trees - glue the felt circles with a hot glue gun, then, if you really want the pin-in-the-center look, pin them through.  From there you can either leave them as is [and have a ready-made torture machine on the inside of your cone] or else cut them short or even just bend them to the side.  Regardless, your tree will cost you more like $1.30 than $6. Score.

Same thing goes with the gree button tree.  My original inspiration was this tree.  I really liked the pearl pins in the buttons, but again, the styrofoam was completely unnecessary by the end because I wound up just gluing the buttons anyway.

I don't have any pictures of the process of making these trees because I want to make sure that the original creators get their dues for their hard work.  Please head over to their blogs to get the details and step by step processes if you want to make some for yourself.

So here's the grand total!  I did end up spending $30 at the craft store when I bought these supplies, but I did buy more supplies than I actually needed, plus I bought a couple things [styrofoam cones!] that I found out I really didn't need.  If I re-did this project, accounting for these changes, the total cost would be this:

garlands x2: $6
tissue paper: $2
bag of pom poms: $2
green glitter: $2
1 sheet of white felt: $0.30
fabric pins: $2
hot glue gun: $5
mini boa: $2

Total: $21.30. Eh, not bad :)

To end, here are a few more links of cheap Christmas decorating projects that I was really hoping to do this year.  Sigh, maybe next Christmas :)
pom pom garland@ noodlehead
hot glue gun snowflake ornament @ pitter and glink
snowflake curtain @ bugs and fishes
Looking for even more inspiration?  Check out my Pinterest holiday board for more!

1 comment:

  1. Connie Vader-LindholmDecember 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Fun stuff, Shelby. Wish I had more time to play around with some of these ideas!