These fun and whimsical string Christmas trees will add some cheer to your holidays and make festive decorations for your table or shelf.
Cone (Styrofoam, Paper Mache, or Homemade)(see note below)
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.
The smaller trees in this blog post were made using a 6" styrofoam cone and green crochet thread. The larger tree was made using a 12" paper mache cone and metallic silver crochet thread.Some styrofoam cones can have flat tops so you may need to add a small piece of light cardboard rolled into a cone shape at the top to make it pointy. I cut a small piece from an index card to do this and held it in place with a couple of straight pins.