I first saw these frilly little trees from hgtv (Pinterest) and knew I had to have one (or three). They are super simple to make and have such a delicate presence sitting there on my little china cabinet.
Speaking of my china cabinet – I gave the top a new look this year. It started when I saw this old window frame with the mirrors in the panes. I was casually shopping around at The Country Pumpkin for little ornaments when I turned around and saw it. I was smitten . . . I felt dizzy . . . I needed air . . . When I came around I made the decision to leave the store for an hour or so to think about it – how responsible is that! Anyway, you can see here that the rest is history. It’s home with me where it belongs, sigh . . .
To make the trees, I started with 3 styrofoam cone bases.
I wanted to vary the heights of my trees (two styrofoam bases are the same size and one is smaller) so I bought three little vintage books for one to sit on – is it not a.ma.zing that they match the runner to perfection? Oh my . . .
I swear, I did not see that word Kindle when I was making these trees – honest! Is that not ironic?
Love the layering going on here…
I placed a little bowl full of antique ornaments into my vignette. They came to me after we lost our sister (many years ago).
Lovin’ this window!
OK, so back to reality! Here’s a mini tutorial.
Start with styrofoam cones. Take pages from dictionary, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces then cut lots of little frills into them, careful not to go straight to the edge.
I used a thick skewer to curl them.
I found the shorter ones easier to roll.
Starting at the bottom of the cone, glue the curled pieces around it until you get to the top. I put the glue on the styrofoam base first and stuck the paper to it – it just seemed easier to handle.
These little gems are light as a feather and so, so delicate. Find a special spot for them, sit back, and enjoy! Happy decorating!