Glittery, sparkly colorful Christmas tree cones are a stunning mantle centerpiece! Easily made with poster board, craft paint, sequins and GLITTER!
This year, for the first time in my adult life, I have a fireplace mantle to decorate!
I knew exactly what I wanted to do… rainbow Christmas tree cones, inspired by the colorful A Kailo Chic Life. Surprisingly, she doesn’t have a similar tutorial for this. But I know she’d love it!
Rainbow Christmas Tree Cones
I already had a few of these glittery cones that I had picked up at Hobby Lobby or Joanns a few years ago, probably. But I wanted the full rainbow!
I filled in my rainbow with orange, gold, purple and a lighter shade of green and blue. I love the pastel rainbows, so I didn’t use red. But if your decor is more traditional, red would look great!
All of our Christmas decorations are wild colors, and I love it. You can see some more of my “merry and bright” holiday crafts on my round up of colorful DIY Christmas Decorations. The bright colors are so fun, especially when they’re in rainbow order!
Check out my tutorial for how to make this Ornament Wreath.
How to Make Glittery Christmas Tree Cones
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These trees are easy peasy, but messy messy! Such is life with glitter. They are made with a posterboard cone, with acrylic craft paint base, and topped with sequins and glitter!
I am no rocket scientist, so cutting and shaping cones was hard for my brain! So I google how to make cones, and saw a few techniques. I wanted the very skinny cones, so I had to modify things a bit.
I had the best success with using a quarter of a circle. Basically from the corner of the poster, hold a piece of string. On the other end of the string, wrap around a pencil and then draw an arc from edge to edge. Like a homemade compass.
Most of mine are kinda mangled, but they work! I just twisted them together as best I could, and then used clear tape to secure them. They’re fiiiiine. The sequins and glitter compensate for any imperfections.
If you are making a bunch of them and don’t want to bother with the poster board, you can also buy cones from Amazon or paper mache cones in bulk from Michaels. You won’t have quite the variation in sizes like you would with hand made cones, but whatever floats your boat!
This would be such a fun project for a girls night!
Tips for Using Glitter
To get a truly sparkly, chunky glitter effect on these trees, its best to use a few different sizes of glitter. I used small sequins, a chunky glitter and a fine glitter.
You need a nice thick layer of glue. I used Elmers School glue and then used a foam brush to spread it around evenly. While its still wet, sprinkle on the biggest sequins, then continue with the next largest size glitter, all the way down to the fine stuff.
Its like that time management object lesson, start with the big rocks in the jar, and then fill in with the rice and sand, and volia everything fits.
But glitter is more fun!
Where to find sequins and glitter
There’s not a “sequins” section in craft stores, typically they’re tucked into one or more other sections. I’ve found them in the scrapbook stuff, sewing section, jewelry section and also the glitter/kids craft area.
You do not want a mixed bag of sequins (can you imagine sorting them out? Hard pass.), but you do need multiple colors, so look for a variety pack, where the colors are separated into their own baggies like this set from Michaels, or this box of sequins from Amazon with compartments.
My favorite fine glitter is the sets of 12 or 24. We use glitter a lot in this house! We put it in our homemade playdough, and of course the girls use it when they make slime. This 24 pack of extra fine glitter from Michaels is awesome. This set of fine glitter from Amazon looks great too!
2019 Update:I found the most amazing pots of chunky glitter at Michaels! It already contains a variety of shapes/sizes in each of the rainbow colors, so it is PERFECT for this project! Plus, the bigger container makes it easier to pour excess glitter back in. I am adding them all to my glitter collection for sure.
Instructions on how to make glittery Christmas tree cones
Poster board or card stock, tape (or pre-made paper mache cones)
Acrylic craft paint (I like this variety pack)
Foam Brushes (heres a cheap pack of 25 foam brushes on Amazon)
Elmers glue or Mod Podge
fine glitter (or these awesome pots of various sized glitter)
1. Shape the cones.
Try this method for making cones. Or whatever you can google or figure out. I made a large scale compass and used quarter circles to make cones (see above). They’re slightly wobbly, but whatever. Precision is not my strong suit.
Or you can buy paper mache cones ready to go.
2. Paint the cones with acrylic craft paint and let dry. Foam brushes make it easy!
4. While wet, sprinkle on sequins. You may have to spread them around a bit with the tip of your finger.
5. Next quickly sprinkle on chunky glitter while glue is still wet.
6. Finish with fine glitter and let it dry completely. Tap off any extra glitter or sequins.
That’s it! They’ll continue to shed glitter and sequins for a bit, but you can brush off any loose bits to minimize the mess on your mantle.
I sure love the rainbow effect! But it would be stunning in a muted metallic ombre, with champagne, silver, white gold, gold and rose gold. Or just a fun combination of red, bright green and emerald green. Or just shades of green. Gosh that would be be pretty!
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