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How to make decorative christmas tree cones

Make Decorative Christmas Tree Cones

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This guide is fairly long because it shows how I made all three of them. Just a fair warning 🙊

Basic cone shape: This is the large cone which used a 24 can soda box. The medium and small cones were both made from cereal boxes (one value/family size, and one regular sized)

Cut box open to lay flat and cut off all tabs

Cut box open to lay flat and cut off all tabs

Begin rolling the cardboard at an angle from the top corner

Begin rolling the cardboard at an angle from the top corner

Wrap the cardboard around so you have the cone shape

Wrap the cardboard around so you have the cone shape

When you have a circumference to your liking tape the cardboard together

When you have a circumference to your liking tape the cardboard together

Trim the excess around the bottom

Trim the excess around the bottom

It won't be perfect the first time

It won't be perfect the first time

Keep trimming until it sits straight and level

Keep trimming until it sits straight and level

Like this

Like this

All three cones constructed

All three cones constructed

Large cone:

Cut a trapezoid shaped piece of ribbon (measured by wrapping around the next section of the cone)

Cut a trapezoid shaped piece of ribbon (measured by wrapping around the next section of the cone)

Keep gluing down bigger and bigger trapezoid shaped pieces of ribbon keeping a fairly straight line down the back

Keep gluing down bigger and bigger trapezoid shaped pieces of ribbon keeping a fairly straight line down the back

Fear not: just add one final piece of ribbon

Fear not: just add one final piece of ribbon

So it will look like this

So it will look like this

Fold the ribbon to the inside of the cone and hot glue it down

Fold the ribbon to the inside of the cone and hot glue it down

It doesn't have to be perfect, you won't see it. Just make sure the ribbon is pulled tight enough so that it still stands straight when upright.

It doesn't have to be perfect, you won't see it. Just make sure the ribbon is pulled tight enough so that it still stands straight when upright.

I primed my other two cones so the cardboard couldn't be seen through the decoration.

I primed my other two cones so the cardboard couldn't be seen through the decoration.

Medium cone:

Glue the end piece of the garland at an angle at the tip of the cone

Glue the end piece of the garland at an angle at the tip of the cone

Wrap the first piece of garland around the cone and glue down the end

Wrap the first piece of garland around the cone and glue down the end

Line up the next piece of garland with the first and glue down an end piece.

Line up the next piece of garland with the first and glue down an end piece.

Wrap it all the way around and glue down the end at the bottom of the cone

Wrap it all the way around and glue down the end at the bottom of the cone

Fluff the garland, and you're done.

Fluff the garland, and you're done.

Small cone: You will need at least 2 different colors of pipe cleaners for a striped look.

Glue the end of a pipe cleaner at the bottom

Glue the end of a pipe cleaner at the bottom

Place dots of glue all the way around the bottom. This part is extremely important so that the entire pipe cleaner is secured at the bottom (otherwise it would slip off at parts)

Place dots of glue all the way around the bottom. This part is extremely important so that the entire pipe cleaner is secured at the bottom (otherwise it would slip off at parts)

Repeat with the second and third pipe cleaner

Repeat with the second and third pipe cleaner

Again placing dots of glue all the way around

Again placing dots of glue all the way around

Make sure the pipe cleaners are right up next to each other all the way around or you might get angled stripes or open spaces.

Make sure the pipe cleaners are right up next to each other all the way around or you might get angled stripes or open spaces.

After five pipe cleaners switch colors

After five pipe cleaners switch colors

You'll get to a point where the pipe cleaners are longer than the cone simply cut off the ends

You'll get to a point where the pipe cleaners are longer than the cone simply cut off the ends

After five, switch colors again.  Remember to put those glue dots all the way around!

After five, switch colors again. Remember to put those glue dots all the way around!

This was the most time consuming one. P.s. The top stripes were mostly made from the trimmed ones from near the middle

This was the most time consuming one. P.s. The top stripes were mostly made from the trimmed ones from near the middle

Display as you like!

Thanks for looking! Feel free to comment and or ask questions 😺

  • 3.0 Thin cardboard boxes
  • Hot glue
  • 1.0 Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Ribbon
  • 2.0 Pieces of garland
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush