How to make a Hot Glue Tinfoil Christmas Tree
I am really loving the Silver and Gold holiday decorations this year, combined with some neutral burlap and jute! I also really love Christmas trees. I buy a decorative Christmas Tree every now and then when I just can’t resist, but they’re not always cheap. Since I love making my own decorations I decided to make a Christmas tree or two this year. I have this perfect 15″ styrofoam cone, but I wanted to be able to reuse it at least a few more times to get the best bang for those eight bucks. So this is the goal: An inexpensive, metallic Christmas tree, and the cone needed to be reusable.
Here’s what I came up with!
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What you’ll need to make your own Hot Glue Tinfoil Christmas Tree:
- A styrofoam cone (I used this one, and it was perfect!)
- Aluminum Foil
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue (lots of it!)
Since I wanted to be able to reuse my cone it was important to cover it with something that I could get off. The cone is just a mold in this instance. So the first step was to wrap the cone securely with tinfoil. I used a small dab of hot glue in some of the folds to make sure it was secure, but don’t hot glue the foil to the cone.
I used two decent size pieces of tinfoil to cover my cone completely. Once it was secure, I started covering it with hot glue. You can use any design you want. I made hot glue swirls.
Whatever design you use you will need to cover most of your Christmas tree with the hot glue. I used 14 hot glue sticks to cover the entire 15″ cone. With the amount of hot glue I go through regularly, I am very thankful that it isn’t expensive!
This part took about an hour. It was a little bit time consuming but not difficult at all. Just keep adding to your design until the entire cone is covered (except the bottom, don’t put any glue on the bottom of the cone).
Once all the glue was cool and hard I peeled the tinfoil back from the bottom of the cone, and just slid the cone right out! There was no resistance at all. Since I didn’t have to fight to get the cone out, there is zero damage to the cone and I can reuse it again for my next Christmas tree project!
I made two more trees, each one shorter than the one before. You don’t have to cover the whole cone. I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax in Gold Rush to paint this one.
You can poke holes through the foil if you want, and then you can put a light inside and it will shine out of your beautiful new tree!
A beautiful, metallic Christmas tree for a fraction of the price in the stores! If you don’t want a silver tree, you can paint the glue and tinfoil after you’re finished for a pretty textured tree in any color. I left the biggest tree without any paint. I like the silver foil through the opaque glue. I painted the second gold, and the third white. A nice metallic paint, like this dazzling metallic green paint, would look really neat too!
Three different trees with one cone mold, a little tinfoil, and hot glue. I used one 24 pack of glue sticks to make all three, for less than $5 in glue and I can still reuse the cone again!
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