November 23, 2011

Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree Topiaries

Are you dying to know how I turned my wrapping paper into, what I like to call, Christmas Tree Topiaries?? Well, you've come to the right place, because I'm about to show you! 

But first...

Does anyone else pick out their wrapping paper first, before you even take the Christmas boxes out of the attic?? Then you may be my soul sister, because wrapping paper is one of my great loves.

Last year my Christmas themed was called A Holly Jolly Christmas** and I used red/white houndstooth and green/white polka dot plus a red, green and white floraly-stripey print. I loved it for it's unabashed festivity. 

(**Is it weird that I name my Christmas themes? Are you kind of embarrassed for me?)

(Well, look away, then, because I'm about to unload a bit more Christmas dork over here)

This year's theme is called Mod Lodge.  And, it'll be heavy on red plaid, natural textures and woodgrain. Because, I'm kind of into wood grain right now. 

Whew, that was a (needlessly?) long intro to this craft. 

Basically, I wanted to make some simple, low-cost decor for my front entry table. And, probably a future mantel. 

I came up with the idea to make wrapping paper Christmas tree cones and that evolved into the topiaries.

The hardest part of this project was making a good cone template. I googled this and looked at several dozen templates before finally free-handing my own. It's kind of like a large piece of pie with an added "love tag", which is what I call the flap that holds the ends together. It's a little trial and error, but once you get a good template cut from a sturdy paper (I chose poster board), keep it! 

I wanted my cones to be slightly different sizes, so I simply cut two of the cones a bit larger than my template. Just wing it. That's my motto.

Once you have your wrapping paper cut into a pie with a love tag, roll it into a cone and close it up using glue or double sided tape. Ta-da. SO simple!

Now, for the topiary stands.

Are you ready for this?

They started as:

Various candle sticks and a vase. I placed the cones on top of these items.That's it! No glueing, welding, sewing or sweating. Just placing. And, walking away.

EASY. Dontcha just love easy?

Did you notice my framed Christmas tree art? Well, I'm so glad you did because that tutorial is coming tomorrow. Here's a teaser: It's also easy. In fact, I did BOTH of these projects in one (short!) nap by lil' punkin. 

See you tomorrow! 




  1. These turned out so pretty and love that you were able to use the vase and candle holders as the bases.

  2. I am so thrilled you posted this! I have just made my list of Christmas crafts to work on this weekend, and tree topiaries is #2. Plus I've already bought this season's wrapping paper. I may have to get all weird like you and name my theme this year...

  3. Nice Information I really enjoyed reading your blog Keep up the good work!

  4. Love it and love your long intro - I don't necessarily name my themes but there is always a theme and color scheme to the paper I buy each year. ;)

  5. Very clever.

    I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

  6. I so love your Christmas tree topiaries!! You crack me up that you didn't need to weld them. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Love this idea. I've never thought to make cones from my wrapping paper! I featured them yesterday on Sew Woodsy!

  8. what a great idea, I love how these turned out. I'd love you to add this to my link party over at

  9. what a great idea! I may have to sit down and make a tree tonight. A great way to save a little piece of my favorite papers!

  10. If you haven’t joined Creative Crafts Thursday yet, please share your projects at each and every week!


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