Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Paper Cone Tree **Susan K. Weckesser**

Every year Susan K Weckesser hosts the Christmas Love Campaign (CLC)
This is her mission:

When: November 1, 2013 - January 7, 2014

The Mission: Create something (anything crafty), cards, sewing, editable art, beads, you name it, and then give it to someone. ANYONE....even a TOTAL STRANGER!

Instructions on HOW to Enter:

TAKE a picture of what you have created.

Upload your picture. 

SHARE your Christmas Love Story.

Invite a friend to join in and Grab a Christmas Love Campaign Blinkie. Your name will then be entered into win one of several random draws that will be happening during the duration of the Christmas Love Campaign. If you have problems please email susiebeestudios@gmail.com

Here is my project to share with you – coming from our wonderful sponsors (Ranger, Fancy Pants Designs, MayArts Ribbon, Canvas Corp, Core’dinations, and more).

I wanted to create something that would stand out, something that could be a center piece, rest on a mantle, or a hall table, and not just another ornament.   So I searched around and found this cute idea of rolling paper into cones and making a tree out of them.

I used a paper towel roll as the center of the tree, it is about 11 inches long, but you could create taller ones with wrapping paper tubes, cutting them down to any length you want.  I then took the Black Magic and Brights cardstockfrom Core’dinaions (along with their sanding tool and dust collector to create the distressed papers) and patterned paper from Fancy Pants Designs and Canvas Corps to create the cones for the “leaves” of the tree.  

  I used both adhesive and tape to hold the cones together.  First you use a square size paper (the bottom row is a 6x6 size, then 2 layers of 5x5, then one layer each of 4x4, 3x3, then lastly 2x2), then roll them into each other to create the cone seen above.  You then tape each cone to the paper towel roll (start about 2 inches up from the bottom of the roll).  Start taping all the way around the tube (took me about 8-11 cones per row – smaller cones take more), to create layers for your tree.

After the entire tree was covered with cones I sprayed some Tattered Angels Chalkboard mist in Ferrari Red to cover up the insides of the cones that were not red or green and to give it more of a shabby chic look.  I used a Susan K. Weckesser Stamp to create the little balls hanging from the tree.  I stamped on green paper, punched out the circles with ornament shaped punch, inked the edges with black ink, and attached them to the edged of the tree with little jingle bell brads.

 For the tree topper I created a pom-pom by winding the fibers in red and green (from Canvas Corps and May Arts Ribbons) around a U shaped tool (seen below) many times around, about 100. 

You then tie it around the center in a knot to hold it together, and then cut the loops at the end to create a pom-pom.  I tied a bow on the front for a bit more fun!!

 I hope you enjoyed my little tree - now to decided who is getting it :)


Supplies Used
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Patterned paper -  Fancy Pants and Canvas Corps
Sanding Tool and Dust Collector - Core'dinations
Ribbons - May Arts and Canvas Corps
Mist - Tattered Angels
Stamp - Susan K. Weckesser
Ink - Ranger
Brads - Recollections


  1. Love it! Totally love the little ornaments - and the jingle bells! Great details on this project.

  2. I know a mother-in-law who would live it! :) That being said, I love the idea even more and probably will try it as well. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  3. Your tree is adorable! Love the idea of making a taller one also. Would you just add larger squares, up to 12 x 12? I think I'll start with a paper towel size first! Have tons of old Christmas papers from years past!


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