It’s not hard to turn a Styrofoam cone into a gorgeous Christmas decoration. In fact, there are many different holiday projects you can do by using a simple and inexpensive Styrofoam cone. You’ll find them in different sizes at any craft store.
Make a cone decoration that’s edible by using ball-type suckers. Push the sticks of the suckers into the cone and fill it from top to bottom. Start at the top and go around, make another row under that one, and continue in this manner until finished. At the top, it can be helpful to angle the sucker sticks so that they don’t run into each other. After the suckers are in place you’ll still be able to see parts of the cone, here and there, between the suckers. To remedy this, curl pieces of Christmas-theme ribbon, then glue or tape them to toothpicks. Insert the toothpicks between the suckers, where needed.
Make a different edible Christmas tree by arranging fruit or vegetables on the cone. First, cover the cone with plastic wrap. Use toothpicks to skewer pieces of red and green apples then secure them to the cone with the toothpicks. Fill in blanks with cubes of white cheese. Make a different tree by using vegetables. Alternate rows of cucumber slices (with the peel on) and cherry tomatoes. Again, fill in empty areas with cubes of cheese. A star can be made by stacking a few cheese slices then cutting a star shape. Use a toothpick to secure it to the top of the tree.
Make centerpieces, mantle decorations, porch décor and other Christmas pieces by using Styrofoam cones. Each one can look different depending upon what you do to it. Use assorted things to make rows and rows of flashy décor on the cone. Start at the bottom and make a row, all the way around the cone, of something like buttons. For the next row, just wrap a piece of narrow ribbon around the cone. The next row can be tiny, satin bows. The next row can be made of beads. Continue making rows until the cone is covered. Some things you can use to make the rows include narrow, flat lace, small-diameter roping, sequin, fake jewels, tiny pom-poms or even foil balls.
Rather than align objects in rows around the cone you can use a different technique to make another decoration. Choose small items, like gift ornaments, and glue them randomly on the cone. The foil-wrapped presents are small and square and work well to create a lovely tree centerpiece or décor piece for another room. You don’t necessarily have to glue all the same things to the tree; use a collection of miniatures, found at dollar-theme stores, to make the Christmas decoration you want. Some of these include bells, whistles, tiny doll clothes, miniature babies, plastic pets, Barbie doll shoes or even thimbles. Look around an “everything is a buck” store to find dozens of tiny things you can use.
Give holiday decorating a new look this year by using something not so typical as the décor for the Styrofoam cone. Take a length of feather boa – often found at dollar-theme stores – and wrap it around the cone. This makes a lovely and unusual centerpiece.
Styrofoam cones are not expensive, but after decorating them, they sure are gorgeous! Make a single, large Christmas tree to decorating the dining table or make assorted sizes and group them together. Use them to decorate bedrooms, kitchen, living room and even the front porch or deck!