A Very Swedish Christmas DIY

Thursday, November 21, 2013


A few weeks ago I ran across this amazing picture (below) in the November/December issue of 


Immediately I was struck by the beautiful oversized white trees on the dining table.  Desperately I searched the resource listing to see, if by chance, they would tell me where I could purchase them.  Of course they weren't listed!  Desperate times called for desperate measures, so I headed straight to my local crafts store to see if there was someway of creating something similar.

Here's What I Came Up With.....


 Here's What You'll Need...


1 Floral Foam Cone
1-2 packs of Dressmaker Pins
7-8 (9"x12") Sheets of Felt in Antique White
A Good Pair of Scissors
Hot Glue gun to finish top



Take a sheet of your felt and fold in 1/2 twice.  Cut along folded seems to get your four even strips.  Use
your strips to cut your individual leaves.  Note *You get more leaves by cutting them across the strip not lengthwise.  I cut my leaves in small batches as needed.



I chose a simple leaf style, but you can make them as fancy as you like.  Just be sure that there is enough felt on one end to attach to the foam cone.



With your scissors make small incisions at a downward angle on both sides of your leaf.  This helps it look a little more natural. 



Using your dressmaker pins attach the leaves starting at the base of the cone.  Fully circle the bottom making sure to leave a drape at the end and fully cover the foam.



For your second row you will want to off set your leaves. The above picture is an example of this stack.  When you get close to the top you will want to take a scrap piece of felt and pin it directly to the top of the foam.  Use your remaining leaves to pin down the sides of the top felt. 



When you get to the top you will want to cut a few of your leaves to have points at both ends.  Make your small incisions on a downward angle and attach to the top with your glue gun. Once the glue is dry your tree is ready for display.

This is my finished tree!



What's great about this project is that you can use any color felt to create a simple and chic Christmas tree!  Bonus..... This project cost less than $10!! (if you already own a hot glue gun)  That's right!  Less than $10!  There was no time this year, but next year I'll be making a massive tree.  This smaller version will make me happy for now.

Happy Crafting!


See more great ideas at the link party over at Rain on a Tin Roof


7 comments:

  1. Your trees were one of my favorite projects from the link up party - so simple and lovely! I actually featured them today on my blog :-)

    xo
    Becky
    http://cuphalffull-sf.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank You so much for the feature!!! It was a fun project. P.S. I love your Christmas tree! It's beautiful! I'm a traditionalist as well. Look forward to following your blog!

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  2. These are gorgeous and I think I will try it!

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    1. Thank You! They are a breeze to make. Hope you enjoy!

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  3. LOVE! Thank you- can't wait to make one!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope it helps deck your halls!

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  4. Thanks for linking up with us. I love the tree tutorial...I think i'll be making some for next year! Audra @ keepinupwiththejahns.blogspot.com

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