Making miniature trees for school projects, crafts or for models of any kind is a fun activity for adults and children alike. Whether you want to use preformed paper cones, like the ones used for snow cones, or you want to make your own, the trees will come out beautifully. Try making your own miniature trees for decor, projects or just for fun. You will need to know how to add a tree trunk and decorate your paper cone to get started.
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Things you need
- Paper cone or heavy card stock
- Green construction paper
- White glue
- Several brown pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun
Purchase paper cones, or use heavy card stock to make your own. To do this, cut a semicircle from the card stock with your scissors and pull the two corners together. The straight edges will form a seam. Glue it in place with white glue.
Cut tiny strips (about 1/16 inch wide) out of green construction paper. Use an entire sheet of the green paper to make strips to ensure that you have enough to cover the tree.
Apply a layer of white glue over the outside surface of the cone and place the tiny green strips over the entire surface. Do not worry about positioning them a certain way, just cover the entire cone with them. The tree will look more natural with strips pointing in every direction.
Twist about six brown pipe cleaners together in a bunch to create a trunk for the tree. Spread the pipe cleaners away from each other at one end of the bunch so they will fan out, like tree roots do. This will also serve as a way to let the tree stand on its own. Leave the other end twisted together.
Turn your cone upside down and squeeze some hot glue into the cone's tip.
Insert the twisted end of the pipe cleaners into the tip of the cone and set it right-side up so that it can dry in place.
Tips and warnings
- Add little decorations like small balls and use glitter glue for garland to turn your tree into a Christmas tree for the holidays.