Decorating my mantle for Christmas this year was so much fun. I usually do a red and silver theme with lots of merry touches. This year I went for something that will stay throughout winter; silver and white. It blends perfectly with my red tree. I have some Christmas elements I can easily switch out in January while still leaving the bulk of the items up.
I was inspired by The Happy Housie to make the paper cones in the middle. Such an easy project, and a great base for any type of decoration.
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I used one piece of white poster board, a little hot glue and some ribbon, twine, and yarn to wrap it.
To get the cones I used a piece of string and held down one end down on the corner. I tied the other end to a pencil and drew an arc. For the other two cones I adjusted the length of the string and repeated the arc.
Then I started rolling. This took a couple tries to get the point just right. Then I secured the cone with a line of hot glue all the way down. I trimmed the ends to create a flat bottom
To wrap the cones I secured an end of yarn to the tip with hot glue then wrapped it. I didn’t need any more glue until the very bottom. I did the same with the twine. For the silver ribbon I used dots of hot glue with every wrap to get the rippled effect I wanted.
The wrapping was trial and error with the materials I had on hand, experiment with what you have and see what works for you there are so many possibilities.
I love that I can keep these for next year or toss them and start over. Such an inexpensive DIY project.
What’s on your mantle this year?
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