It took me about two hours to make these, but it was really simple work. I did it while watching football games, so it didn't seem bad. I love how they came out!
My first step was to go to Michael's (armed with coupons, of course) to buy the supplies. I bought two styrofoam cones from the floral section, small brass pins from the sewing section and 10 sheets of off-white felt.
The first step was to cover the foam cone with felt. You can do this any number of ways, but I made little felt skirts and worked my way up.
Then I started cutting out the felt leaves. I traced it onto the felt sheet (folded in half) and then cut them out, two at a time.
I started the first layer at the base of the cone, pinning each leaf into the styrofoam with the small sewing pins. I think it's a big part of the look to leave them dangling below the bottom of the cone like the Wisteria version, so make sure to pin accordingly!
I continued up the cone, staggering the leaves so each small brass pin was covered with another leaf.
Pretty soon, I had the whole cone covered!
The Wisteria trees didn't have anything at the top, but I felt like mine needed something to look finished. I decided to make a little felt pom pom as the star on top of the tree.
Cut small strips of felt and then tie in the middle with fishing line. Then you just fluff it up and pin it to the top of the tree!
For the second tree, I decided to try a different technique for the leaves. This version looks more like feathers, but it still has great texture. I used the same process for the second, taller tree. It was much less time consuming because it took less time to cut out the feathers.
I placed each one on my wooden candlesticks and made a little vignette by our back doors, which is our main entrance. I think it looks really pretty with the DIY rope mirror since the textures and soft, neutral colors work so well together.
What do you think? Mine aren't quite as tall as the Wisteria ones, but I feel like we got the same effect for less than $20. Works for me!
* Winter Whites *