You can see details for my entire Christmas mantel HERE
I wanted to decorate my mantel this year, but (as you have all figured out by now) I'm a cheap-o. As in, I won't pay the $2.50 for a styrofoam tree form kind of cheap-o. I mean, all my money is going toward Rapunzel and Disney princess merchandise, so I can't really afford styrofoam tree forms.
At least that's what I tell myself. It sounds way better than "cheap-o." (Husband if you're reading this, you can thank me later for saving us $2.50. You're welcome.)
So I decided to make my own tree form because I have lots of these:
Here's what you need to make your own cardboard garland trees and be a cheap-o too!
- Cardboard cereal box (for the biggest tree template, you'll need a large cereal box (think Frosted Mini Wheats)
- Hot glue
- 9+ feet of gift wrap garland
- Free downloadable tree forms with 3 sizes HERE
First, cut out one side of your cereal box. If you're making the large tree form, make sure you don't cut the sides of your cereal box out (found that out the hard way :)
Next, print out and trace my tree form template onto the unprinted side of your cardboard and cut out.
To make the form, you'll need to gently ease your cardboard into a tree shape. Start on one side and gently roll your cardboard (don't fold or bend) until it's all curvy-like.
Pinch the tip of your tree form and secure with hot glue (make sure the tab portion of your tree form is on the inside.) Continue gluing along the tab until the tree is secure.
Now make a forest of them.
Now that you have your tree form, there are a ton of decorative Christmas trees that you could make with your tree form, but I included a tutorial for a simple garland tree below.
Step 2: Attach garland.
I found some cute garland used for wrapping gifts in the Christmas section and decided to make some festive garland trees with my new tree forms. First, put a dab of hot glue on the bottom of your tree form and attach the end of your gift wrap garland.
Continue twisting your garland around the tree, adding dabs of hot glue as you go to secure your garland.
When you reach the tip of your tree form, leave an extra 1/2 inch of garland and tuck the end into the hole of your tree form.
Merry Christmas, enjoy your $2.50 savings ;)
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