Today I’m sharing a little holiday DIY project I did last week. I warn you, it might be the least helpful DIY post I’ve ever shared on the blog in terms of instructions. I didn’t get enough pictures. But because it took some time and the result was decent I thought it was worth sharing anyway. This DIY is called “Glowy Trees”. (Sometimes naming a DIY is half the fun….). I came up with this idea because I wanted something to add to my outdoor decor this year.
STEP 1: Cut bristol board and make them into 3 cone-shapes; a small, medium and large. I’ll be honest I struggled with this part, and I really just used trial and error to get 3 cones that fit properly on top of each other. I went online to try to figure it out and people were talking about the Pythagorean Theory to calculate cone shapes, and I thought, forget that. I’m crafting, I don’t want to do math. So I just winged it. Just be warned, if you are going to go this route buy a couple of extra sheets of bristol board.
STEP 2: Cut the bottoms of the cones to look like tree branches.
STEP 3: Around the bottom cut out circles using the hole-punch.
STEP 4: Use the large needle to poke small holes everywhere else on the cones (the more you have the glowier your trees will be).
STEP 5: Create 3 bunches of lights with your strand and assemble your cones into trees and place them on top of the lights.
Not too bad, right? You can see the largest one is the least tree-like as that one was done before I got the hang of the cone shaping. But the effect is what I wanted. You can put these anywhere but the glow is most effective outside. Mine are under a covered area so they don’t get ruined by rain or snow. What I didn’t think of…WIND. As a result since I took this picture I think the top of the small guy may be lost forever. Ah well, what can you do.