I’ve always thought that Christmas is a season that can bring out our inner craftiness. Even if you’re not willing to be crafty at other times of the year, you might just give it a go for the holidays. And there’s not much else to do during the cold months anyway so hey . . . let’s get crafty and Make Our Own!
This year as the Christmas season approached, I decided to indulge my crafty side by seeing what holiday goodies I could make using my homemade Mod Podge. One of the fun little crafts I tried were the homemade string Christmas trees that I’m sharing here today (and yes, the homemade Mod Podge worked perfectly for this project!)
Supplies To Make A String Christmas Tree
Only a few supplies are needed for these little trees. You need some kind of a cone shaped form covered in plastic wrap, crochet thread, Mod Podge, and a foam applicator brush. If you want to dress things up a little bit, you might also like to have some small adhesive gems for decorating your trees.
As mentioned above, I used my inexpensive homemade Mod Podge for this project and it worked great. It’s a simple mixture of glue and water and you can get the complete details for that here: How To Make Homemade Mod Podge
For the cone shaped form, I liked using a 6″ Styrofoam cone that I already had in my craft supply stash. This was a nice manageable size to work with and resulted in just the right sized little tree I wanted for my shelf. However if you use a Styrofoam cone, they often have flat tops so you may have to improvise and attach a little piece of paper rolled into a cone shape to make a pointy top (I used a piece of an index card attached to the cone with a couple straight pins).
I also made a slightly larger tree using a 12″ paper mache cone from the craft store. You could also make your own cone in any size you wish using a piece of lightweight cardboard (in a circle shape with a “pie sliced” piece cut out of it) that you roll into a cone.
You should be able to find crochet thread in the craft stores too. They usually come in spools of at least 100 yards which gives you plenty of thread so you can keep winding around and around the cone as you make these trees. You can also use metallic crochet thread (which I used in a silver color for the larger tree I made).
How To Make a Tabletop String Christmas Tree
Once all your supplies are gathered, here are the steps. (Printable instructions are at the end of this post too).
Step 1: Cover your cone with plastic wrap
Step 2: Make a small slip knot at the end of the crochet thread and slip it over the tip of you cone.
Step 3: Start winding some of your crochet thread around the top of the cone. After you’ve done a little bit, dip your applicator brush in the Mod Podge, and dab some on the string you have wrapped so far to help hold it in place. Keep wrapping the thread, and dabbing it with Mod Podge as you work along.
Step 4: Go up and down the cone several times, winding the thread around in random patterns, and dabbing with Mod Podge as needed to hold things in place, until you are happy with the amount of coverage of string on the cone. Be sure to do a couple of good wraps of string around the bottom of the cone to give the tree a bit of a base for standing.
Step 5: Cut the string and give it a dab of Mod Podge to hold it in place. Then do a final dabbing with Mod Podge over all of the cone.
Step 6: Let the tree dry for several hours. I always let mine dry over night to assure it is completely dry and stiff.
Removing The Tree From The Cone
Now this last part of the process may take just a bit of patience, especially if you have used a Styrofoam cone. If you use a paper cone of some sort, it’s easier to just kind of fold the cone a bit, which let’s you then slide your plastic off the cone, and then slide the tree off of the plastic.
However for a Styrofoam cone, you just sort of have to keep twisting and wiggling for a bit, until the tree starts coming loose from the plastic and then you can slip it off the cone. Don’t worry and keep calm. It’s not stuck on there forever!
Once the tree is off the cone, you can decorate it with some small adhesive gems. These type of gems are usually sold in the scrapbooking area of craft stores.
And then your trees are complete! Set them out for display wherever you need a little extra Christmas cheer.
And finally, remember to enjoy that each of these trees is a one-of-a-kind creation and don’t stress too much about absolute perfection. Part of their charm is that these string trees have some homemade whimsy to them, so have fun and enjoy making your own!
DIY String Christmas Trees
- Cone (Styrofoam, Paper Mache, or Homemade) (see note below)
- Plastic Wrap
- Crochet Thread
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Applicator Brush
- Adhesive gem rhinestones (optional)
- Wrap your cone in plastic wrap.
- Make a small slipknot in your crochet thread and slip it over the top of your cone.
- Begin winding your crochet thread around the cone. After you have done a bit, dip your applicator sponge brush in the mod podge, and dab some on what you have wrapped so far to help hold it in place.
- Continue wrapping, going up and down the cone in random patterns, dabbing it with mod podge as you go to help hold it in place. Be sure to do several good wraps around the bottom of the cone to help create a base for your tree.
- When you are satisfied with the amount of string coverage on the cone for your tree, cut the crochet thread and dab it with some mod podge to hold it in place. Then do a final dabbing with the mod podge all over the cone.
- Let the cone dry for several hours, and preferably overnight, to make sure everything has dried and is stiff.
- Remove the tree from the cone. This might take a little wiggling and twisting to release it from the plastic wrap.
- Add some adhesive rhinestones to the tree if you wish to give it some decoration.