Styrofoam cones don't look terribly interesting as they come, but with a little time and effort you can make the ordinary extraordinary. Cover them with paper or cloth and decorative objects to transform them into beautiful miniature trees. Even if it isn't the holidays, you can make a styrofoam tree to reflect your personality or as a conversation piece--the only limit is your imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Felt cone tree
Coat a styrofoam cone with glue or spray mount. Roll it in a piece of green felt and fold any extra material under to cover the circular bottom. Roll the covered cone on a hard surface to make sure the felt adheres, then trim away the excess. Make a garland by gluing glitter chenille around the tree. Cut red and white chenille into 2.5 cm (1-inch) pieces. Take one piece of white and one piece of red and twist them together to form miniature candy canes. Glue the candy canes onto the tree. If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can attach tiny silver bells to the felt using a simple stitch and knot.
Cover a tree with green or white paper, then grab your hot glue gun and add starlight mints, marshmallows and gummy sweets.
If you are a teacher or parent, have each of your children decorate their own miniature tree. Cover the trees with white or green construction paper, then let the kids go wild and personalise them with markers, crayons, pipe cleaners, star-shaped stickers and glitter glue. Cut two stars out of seasonal gold tin foil and sandwich them around a green wooden toothpick with craft glue. Make one for each child. Once the glue dries, have the kids write their names on the stars with a permanent marker. Press the exposed end of a star-on-a-toothpick into the top of each tree, then place them all around your full size family or classroom tree to make a childrens' holiday forest. You could even run a toy train through it.
Staple the end of a feather boa to the bottom rim of a styrofoam cone. Place the bottom of the cone in the palm of the your hand and spray the rest of it with spray mount. Wrap the boa around the cone in tight rings that allow the feathers to overlap and cover up all of the styrofoam. When you reach the top of the tree, snip off the extra length of boa. Hot glue plastic rhinestones onto your fabulous feather tree. Lay out some newspaper in a well ventilated area and spray paint an angel tree topper the same colour as your feathers.
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