There is something about the holiday season that makes my heart go boom. The twinkling lights and the love of friends and family just turns me into a giddy little girl all over again. Now that my daughter is turning 3 and we have a beautiful new home, this holiday season is about to get turned up– watch out now!
As I pulled out my Christmas decorations from the garage, the whole BOX, I realized I had my work cut out for me. As much as I would love to go splurge and buy out Target, I will not let myself succumb to the money pit of the holidays, nor will my budget let me… hide the credit cards!
After, perusing around the stores, I found multiple DIY projects that I can accomplish at home for much less using things around the house and a couple of trips to the dollar store. The first project on my list, Christmas Cone Trees.
Using cardboard from cereal boxes, snack boxes, etc. gave me the base for the tree. Cut the ends off and roll the cardboard around into a spiral to form your cone. Then glue the edges down with a glue gun.
I have seen a lot of different materials used to make these trees– paper, beans, and coffee filters to name a few. After a trip to the Dollar Tree, I found these white rocks and epsom salt. Perfect for an icy snowy wintry wonderland theme I want to achieve this year.
Glueing the Rocks
I laid the cone flat and worked vertically, I found if I stood it up, the rocks just slid right off. Coat the cone with a layer of glue, next, add the rocks by fitting them into each other as close as possible. You will need to work in stages to let the glue dry. I left the tree in a sunny spot, did some things around the house, and by the time I came back, I was ready to rock. (Pun totally intended).
Once all rocks were in place, I went back and filled in any holes with Elmer’s glue and sprinkled with Epsom Salt.
This tree took a day to make, only for the drying process. The rocks were a bit tedious and time-consuming, but I really loved the look they gave me.
Recipe: Icy Christmas Cone Tree
1 cereal box: Free
1/2 bag of white rocks: $.50
1 bottle of Elmer’s glue: $.50
Epsom Salt: $.10 (used a very small amount of a $1 bag)
Grand total: $1.10