By Kathleen Neafsey
Can you believe it’s December already? How is it possible for the year to have passed so quickly? I’m going to show you a fun, easy craft that doesn’t take much time at all. You can have several ready for holiday decorations—or gift-giving—in one short afternoon. I did a similar Halloween craft last year, and thought I’d give it a Christmas whirl!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Green or white styrofoam cones
- Green yarn
- Ribbons and decorations of your choosing
- Straight pins
Begin by wrapping the cone with the yarn. I put a thin stripe of clear tacky glue along the bottom edge of the cone, and began to wrap the yarn around it. As you progress up the cone, after every inch or so, add another thin stripe of glue to keep the yarn in place.
Once the ribbon is in place you can begin to hang your decorations on the tree using glue, a hot glue gun, or pins—whichever works best for you. Of course, no tree would be complete without the star on top. My girls used to take turns putting the star on top of our actual Christmas tree, and because I would forget who did it the year before, I had to write the year and their name on the box so there wouldn’t be any bickering over it the following year!
There are so many fun ways to this, and to make your own twist on it. While I’m typing this, I’m thinking, “Oh, I could have done one with red and white yarn — like a candy cane. Or I could have turned the cone upside down, wrapped it in red yarn and put a black belt across the middle to resemble Santa.” Unfortunately, my brain sometimes works faster than my hands allow, and all the ideas in my head never actually travel down to the tips of my fingers.
This would be a fun way to pass the time with some friends on a weekend afternoon, and to take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle. Put on some music, mix up some eggnog, relax, and create!
There won’t be another Fabri-Kate post in time for the holidays, so let me take this opportunity to wish you all the happiest of holidays. May the days ahead be filled with joy and peace.
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time