Craft With a Styrofoam Tree

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Craft With a Styrofoam Tree
Attach nuts over a styrofoam tree to create a topiary. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Styrofoam trees are cone-shaped forms made completely of styrofoam. They are used as a base shape for many crafts and floral arrangements. Use them to make paper holiday trees, Christmas trees, floral cones and nut shell topiaries.

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Scrapbook Paper Tree

Create a decorative paper tree for your favourite holiday using a styrofoam tree as a base. Cut a tack of 2-inch wide by 5-inch long strips from sheets of printed scrapbook paper. Fold the strips in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Do not crease the fold. Glue the ends together to create paper loops. Glue the straight ends of the loops, side by side, around the styrofoam tree starting at the bottom and working upward. Glue the ends of 12-inch long ribbons to the top of the tree to create streamers around its sides. Attach a paper star, heart or other shape at the top of the tree.

Christmas Tree

Make glittering green Christmas trees out of styrofoam trees for display around the holidays. Cut the top 1/3 off two styrofoam trees of equal size and discard the bottom portions. Paint the styrofoam surfaces with green acrylic paint and let dry. Apply a layer of spray adhesive over the painted styrofoam and sprinkle green, red and silver glitter over its surface. Shake off any excess glitter once the adhesive dries. Hollow out a small hole in the bottom of one of the pieces and pour a few drops of glue inside. Insert the point of the second piece inside the hole of the first and hold together until dry.

Floral Cones

Turn styrofoam trees into vases for holding a silk flower arrangement. Cover the surface of a styrofoam tree with craft glue. Wrap sheets of printed scrapbook paper around the surface of the styrofoam. Trim any excess paper from along the bottom and top of the cone. Cut the tip of the cone off. Arrange a group of silk flower stems into a small bunch. Wrap floral tape around the stems to join them together. Insert the bouquet's stem into the top of the tree and push downward until the flowers are at the desired height. Hot glue moss over the top of the styrofoam to mask its surface from view.

Nut Shell Topiary

Craft a natural looking nut topiary for display in your home. Paint the surface of the styrofoam tree brown. Glue rows of various nut shells such as chestnuts, walnuts and almonds in rows or groups over the surface of the tree. Position the nuts as close together as possible to cover the surface. Spray a coat of shellac over the finished topiary to add a shiny finish. Make different -ize nut topiaries to display in groups on a coffee table or mantle.

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