There's just something about Fall that gives me a burst of creative energy! I sat down and wrote out a list of all the projects that I would like to do for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall in general and at last count, I had 35 on the list. Will I get to them all? Probably not -especially since B-man has decided that he no longer wants to take naps and I am working part time now - but I will give it a shot!
The first project was the free Halloween Printable that you can download here
And now, without further adieau, I present project #2 in the official Spooky Tree Life Halloween Extravaganza!
This is such an easy project to do. All you need are a few cones - you can use foam, paper mache, or make your own - a fabric or covering of some sort, a pair of scissors and glue.
I decided to make triangular shaped leaves so I cut a whole mess of felt triangles in various fall colors. If you want your tree really neat and uniform, I suggest cutting all of your triangles (or whatever shape you decide on) to the exact same size. I wanted a sort of messy tree so I just cut mine haphazardly. Oh, and excuse the poor lighting in these photographs - these trees were made at about 5:30 AM...
Once you've cut your leaves, it's time to break out the old glue gun and get to work. For this pattern, I recommend starting at the bottom of your cone for the first layer of leaves.
To hide the cone, I overlapped a a second layer of the same color leaves over the first layer.
Then just repeat the process a few more times until you end up with something like this:
What's so great about this project is that the possibilities are endless. You could do your tree all the same color, you could limit it to just two alternating colors, you could glue your leaves randomly for a more natural look, you could have round leaves, square leaves - I think you get the point. And the colors that I used on this tree will work throughout the Fall season.
I made a couple more trees using a different method for each. The orange and black Halloween tree was made with strips of felt glued around the cone - easy. Again, if you want your tree to be more polished than mine use a ruler to measure your stripes and glue it on a bit neater than I did. I don't like things to be too perfect because then it's just that much more obvious if B-man modifies things in his own 2 year old way. For the orange tree, I just wound yarn around the cone starting from the top and ending at the bottom - so easy anyone can do it.
And here is a glimpse of the trees alongside Project #1. Makes me wish we had a mantle...
So that's that! Stay tuned for our next project in the Spooky Tree Life Halloween Extravaganza!!
And coming in October, the official Spooky Tree Life Halloween Extravaganza Linky Party...
I'm linking up at a few other sites - go and check them out!