Well, here is the first craft idea I came up with! Remember these cute ornaments? I got to thinking - why couldn't I do this on a cone shaped piece of styrofoam and make it look like a Christmas tree?
So, I tried it. It was MUCH simpler than this, which was simpler than another tree Grace and I made one year (remember those trees, Grace?!).
Anyway, I'd love to know what you think - does it need a star? I thought about making a star out of felt - but somehow I can't decide, I almost like it simple the way it is. Should I put it in a pot and use cinnamon sticks for the trunk or do you like it just the way it is?
cone (tree) shaped piece of styrofoam
1/8 yd. each of three coordinating fabrics
small straight pins
Here is what I did:
Cut three strips (about 1 - 1 1/2 inches wide) of each fabric. Tie each set of three strips together to make one long strip of each fabric.
Either stitch the ends together or pin securely and braid the entire thing into one long piece of braid. Braid it on the tighter side so that no foam will show through when you are finished.
Then, beginning at the point of the cone, wrap braid around and secure with pins as you go. Work all the way to the bottom moving in a circular shape around the cone.
Cost to make: about $2.50 depending on the fabrics you choose - if you already have scraps you can use, it will be even cheaper!
I know, I know - it is only the beginning of August, but I LOVE Christmas and never need an excuse to work on something crafty for Christmas!