It’s getting close to Christmas, and I just love super colourful decorations. So I delved into my fabric scrap collection (I can never throw out small pretty pieces of fabric- the always have a use!) and came up with these christmas tree decorations. I then accentuated them with glitter, because it’s the perfect time of the year for an excuse to use the sparkly stuff!
Assorted fabric scraps
Baking paper or sheet of plastic
Tiny amount of stuffing
First, we’ll make the cone out of the card.
Start by making a centre point (top anchor point) at the top of your card and measure 27cm (10.5”) straight down (bottom middle point), then mark again.
Then, using your top anchor point, swivel your ruler to the sides and mark with dots using the same length. Join the dots up and you will have created a curve for the bottom of the cone.
From the centre bottom point, measure an equal distance straight out to both edges. I chose 16cm (6”).
Draw lines from your top anchor point down to those side marks for the outline of the cone shape, adding a flap to the side that will be used to glue the cone together.
You can see using this method of creating a cone that you could make play around with different sizes.
Curl the card around so the flap lines up to the other side, glue, and use masking tape to hold in place.
Make a template out of some card for the scollops using the diagram as a guide. Place onto the wrong side of the fabric, outline and cut out. You can keep placing the template side by side to get longer lengths. As you go, check by wrapping your fabric strips around the cone to make sure you have enough lengths.
Lay fabric strips out over baking paper or plastic. Mix some PVA glue and water with a ratio of 1:1. Paint it on to the back and front of the fabric strips and leave to dry.
Once they are dry and stiffened, use your fingers to curl up the edges of the fabric.
Start by gluing a strip of fabric along the bottom of the cone before you start with your scolloped pieces. Run glue along the top edges of the scolloped fabric strips and start wrapping them around the cone.
Make sure when you go up a layer that the cone is covered by the fabric so that you can’t see the card underneath. Continue until the cone is completely covered.
Using 2 small scraps of fabric, place wrong sides together and lightly draw a star shape.
Sew all around the star leaving the bottom two edges open. Lightly fill the star with some stuffing, and then sew the two remaining edges closed, leaving a small gap in the bottom middle.
Trim around the star close to the stitching.
Pop some glue onto the end of a tooth pick and insert it into the base of the star, and then place some more glue onto the other end of the toothpick and poke it into the top of the tree. (If there’s no hole there use your scissors to snip off the very tip of the cone so that there is.)
Using a brush, paint PVA glue onto the very edges of the scolloped fabric and the edges of the star and sprinkle silver glitter all over, tapping off the excess.
Then enjoy your colourful christmas tree decoration! I’d love to see yours if you make one!
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