60 Days of No Craft Stores Challenge: 1st Project

January 1st, 2009 in member junk     
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Quick and easy Christmas Decor
Bottom: Styrofoam base
Held together by push pins
Quick and easy Christmas Decor

Quick and easy Christmas Decor

Photo: www.redesignsource.com

OK, so I was supposed to be cleaning my workshop, not crafting.  Oops!  Anyway, as I was putting away some holiday decor/supplies, I came across two unused styrofoam christmas tree shapes.  In honor of my New Year, New Challenge & 60 Days of No Craft Stores, I decided to create my first "Use What You Have" project.  I came up with these two festive trees.  The project took me no more than 25 minutes for both.  It is very easy!  Here's how I did it.

Items used: Two of the green styrofoam Christmas Tree shapes, scraps of wrapping paper, push pins and funky yarn.

How to:  Wrap and roll a scrap of wrapping paper around the styrofoam so it ends up being in a cone shape with a point at the top.  Make sure the piece is larger than the styrofoam.  Holding it in place, trace around the bottom styrofoam circle on the paper  (you will cut the access paper off).  Cut off the extra paper and set cut to size paper aside for a second.  Grab your funky thread. Take one push pin and stick the funky thread at the very tip of the styrofoam shape.  (It is easier to do this now vs. when you put the paper on).   Just let the thread hang out.  Now take your cut paper and wrap it around the styrofoam.  Funky thread will peak out the top (see photo).  Use a few colorful push pins to secure paper.  Now, grab the funky thread and wrap it around the papered tree and work your way down to the bottom.  Place random pins along the way to hold it in place.  Weave it all the way down and secure it along the bottom (see photo).  Voila, instant holiday decor.  And...I didn't use any glue!  (I am trying to conserve my glue since I can't go buy any for 60 days!)

Other options, you could use wallpaper, fabric, etc. instead of wrapping paper.  And instead of the funky yarn, you could use something like beaded wire, etc.

This was plain ole easy and provided a little down home fun instead of cleaning!

Happy Crafting,


Pattern or design used: My own design - Funky Fun and Festive Chrismtas Decor
posted in: member junk, seasonal, funky, fun, textile, re;design, down home diy, new year new challenge, trash to treasure

Comments (5)

MimiToria writes: I like what you did here. Simple, but statement making. Thanks for sharing.
Gretchen Posted: 11:22 am on January 3rd
SnowmanHill writes: I hear ya, use what you have before you buy more! Great project- love the jewels as well- Krista Posted: 6:44 pm on January 1st
LuAnn writes: Great first project. It should be real interesting to see what all can come up with, with what you have on hand. Good job.


PS I'll try and post this weekend. I'm kind of a (or per my daughgter--definitely) college football bowl junkie and can't seem to tear myself away from the TV. Bowls slow down this weekend so I'll have time to get my juices running. Posted: 5:31 pm on January 1st
Meadowview_Farm writes: Thanks for all the careful directions to this project --- and good luck on your mission to stay out of craft stores for 60 days!

I especially enjoy the polka dots...I am very partial to them. When we restored our 150 year old farm, we added stripes, polka dots or checkerboard to every room - it really freshened up the vintage character of the house.

Anyway - I will have to make a forest of trees - I am thinking about going small and using scrapbook paper - will have to run to the craft store for some....sorry, couldn't resist.
Kari Posted: 4:20 pm on January 1st
suewhitney writes: Good for you for crafting instead of cleaning...Ha! I'm with you on that one. The trees are adorable and love the fact that you were working with what you had. Way to go!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 4:18 pm on January 1st
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