Monday, December 02, 2013

Crafty Secrets Dec 2013 Design Team Challenge/Linky Party Retro Cone trees

**  First of all the winner of my giveaway is Shirley Sendgraff! Congrats Shirley!

Saying goodbye to November and jumping head on into December right?  Did you all get plenty of good things to eat over Thanksgiving?  We enjoyed spending the day with family and of course.. yes, plenty of yummy things to eat for us also, as always.
Now it's time for Crafty Secrets DT challenge and Dec Linky Party.   I'll add all the links below to the rest of the Design Team so you can pop over and see what they've created for today. Also the link to the Heartwarming Vintage Blog, where you can find out how to play along!!
Today I thought I'd share with you how to make these cone trees, using papers, images and ephemera from the "Creating with Retro Christmas" CD from Crafty Secrets".

Once I printed of the patterns of paper that I wanted to used from the CD ( on Cardstock), it's as simple as rolling them into a cone shape.  You can make them as fat or skinny as you like then, making sure that they connect all the way to the bottom in the back, using your scissors, just trim around the bottom to make a straight edge.   Of course if your printing on 8.5x11 paper you can only make your cone as big as they allows, but keep in mind you can always make multicolored trees by added pieces of other papers to the bottom :)

I used a dowel and a wooden spool and  to make my tree more stable I hot glued a large  wooden round bead to the top of the dowel. ( the round wood bead has a hold in it so the dowel fits right in.   I used hot glue to hold all these together securely.
NOTE:  I found it was easier to decorate my paper cone tree before hot gluing it to the stand.   Once you have it all decorated and ready to go, then just put some hot glue around the edges of the round bead and slide the tree on .. holding it until it is secure.

Now it's time to have fun decorating. The sky is the limit! There are many cute images and pieces of ephemera on the CD that would work great for this.  I created a scallop around the bottom of a couple of my trees using a circle punch.
Punching out the circles and then just tucking half of them up inside the bottom of the tree with adhesive on them.

As always, I have to mention that one of my favorite parts of using the CD for printing and creating , is that I can choose the size I want for the elements I plan to use. As you can see below I thought I knew what size I wanted the "25" for the front of my tree, but it was a bit smaller then I liked when I actually held it up and looked at it on the tree, so.... I just printed out another one .. a bit larger.

I also had fun making a little banner for my largest tree.
These were simple and a lot of fun to make.  I think they would make a great centerpiece for a table or look awesome on a mantle.  What about some small ones on a cake?   So many ideas running through my head now :)
Well, I hope that you are inspired to put your Creating with Retro Christmas CD in , and start creating!

Now... be sure to pop over and see what the other girls have created to share with you today

  • Michele Kovack - See 295+ Gallery!
  • Darlene Pavlick
  • Rebekah Faries
  • Sheila Rumney
  • Kathy Clement
  • Elizabeth (I love rubber) on Splitcoast
  • Cherry Nelson

  • and get all the detail here on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog!

    Thanks for stopping by!



    LeAnne said...

    These are adorable! I JUST asked my daughter for these CDs for Christmas!!!

    Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

    These are just darling, Vic! I will have to make some of these to decorate this year, as we are going to forgo a real tree...too much other stuff going on. But I could manage these! Thanks!

    Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

    Love your retro tree cones Vicki with the cute mini decorations and just pinned them to our Pintrest Tutorial Board.

    Thanks for sharing

    harrahx2 said...

    Love this Vicki. Who would think to use the darling fence like that? You are amazing!

    cjgusloff57 said...

    These trees are so cute! I NEED this CD now! Thanks for all the great inspiration! Corrine Ann

    Michele said...

    I love your sweet Christmas trees!

    Michele said...

    I love your sweet Christmas trees!

    Debbie K. said...

    Congrats to the winner! Love your adorable trees Ms. Vicki and thanks for the tutorial. This looks like a great project to do with kids:)

    Jill Norwood said...

    Vicki I just love your trees! And the way you decorated them! So festive and fun! :)

    Shirley Sendgraff said...

    Thank you so very much for picking me, Vicki!!! I am so excited to get these goodies in the mail and try and make some of the beautiful things you have shown us (I know mine will pale in comparison to yours)!!! Thank you for showing us the beautiful products that are out there and for inspiring us to create art!!!
    You are such a special person!!!

    Thanks again!!!

    Cherry's Jubilee said...

    adorable! THese are my fve type of projects...I must make some

    Jean said...

    How cute!! LOVE these!!

    Jane Wetzel said...

    hi there Vicki- popping in to say these trees are absolutely adorable :) Merry Christmas!

    the primitive country bug said...

    These are super sweet! Very retro and chic!

    Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

    You always come up with the most adorable ideas Vic! LOVE these trees ... very clever and so festive! Sorry I'm late commenting, I've been sick in bed with a stomach virus since Saturday but thankfully, I'm on my way back to 'normal' now. Thanks for another wonderful holiday decorating idea!

    Cammie said...

    These trees are adorable and the vignette you made is so darn creative! Thanks for the inspiration.

    lizlincoln said...

    These are fabulous Vicki. What a great idea, I think I'll make some for placecards with the guest names strung on strings like the banners you made. Sorry I'm a bit late,life got in the way this week.
    Cheers, Elizabeth

    Sheila Rumney said...

    These trees are super cute! Thanks for sharing.

    lizlincoln said...

    I can just see a whole forest of these beautiful trees parading down the middle of the Christmas table. Great idea which I will have to borrow.
    Cheers, Elizabeth