How to Make Christmas Tree Cone Craft Forms for 10 Cents Apiece

Lately I have been crushing on all the gorgeous mini Christmas Tree decorations in stores and on-line.

I decided to create several of them to decorate our house for Christmas this year but wasn’t thrilled to discover the price tag of the Styrofoam tree forms.

So I came up with this easy way to make DIY Christmas Tree Cone Craft forms for a fraction of the cost- about 10 cents each to be exact!  DIY Christmas Tree Cones for ten cents apiece ready to decorate at thehappyhousie


To make these you need:

– Poster board (I got two pieces at the Dollar Tree for $1.25)

– Scissors, pen, glue gun and glue

-Optional: Cylinder shaped object to help you sketch your shape (I used a Styrofoam tree shape)

-Optional: Measuring tape

The process:

DIY Christmas Tree Cones for ten cents apiece collage tutorial at thehappyhousie


1) Use a cyclinder shaped object to trace a shape onto your poster board.  I used a Styrofoam tree form that I already had and then held it at the corner of the poster board and swung it along to trace the shape.   I simple started with the shape at different spots in order to create different heights of trees.


2) Cut out the shape that you traced (you can see below how I cut a few out of the same piece of poster board)



3) Form a point at the tip and roll the cone into a cylinder shape.



4) Cut off excess down the side if you need to- but you do want it to overlap enough to be able to glue it together.




5) Use your hot glue to attach it together…



6)  Trim the bottom of the cone to make it straight and level so the tree will sit flat (you could use a measuring tape from the top tip of the cone to the bottom, measure it in a few spots, and then cut along those spots to create a level surface).



Done! And ready for your ideas to finish it…

DIY Christmas Tree Cones for 10 cents apiece at thehappyhousie

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Want to know how I finished them off??

Check out my full tutorial here

Easy Thrifty DIY Yarn and Feather Mini Christmas Trees

Do you have any thrifty ideas for Christmas crafts and decorating?

I would love to hear them!


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  1. Joy says

    And have you looked at the price of Styrofoam balls? Incredible! I have seen a substitute for those is to make your own using rolled up wads of newspaper.

  2. KS says

    Hi Krista! This is really super cool idea. By any chance do u know any website contains free cone templates? Any idea if i want to make chocolate dipped strwaberries tree? (using Styrofoam is turning out little expensive) thinking of giving as a gift to my daughters class teacher.

  3. Kay says

    Krista, I love this! I saw on another blog they were selling templets for this for $9.99!! I am wondering what sizes your trees are? :) Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Hi Kay!! They are kind of random sizes to be honest…. the smallest ones are 4-5 inches tall, most of them are around 10-12 inches tall, and the tallest one is 18″. Does that help?? They are so much stronger then I expected and I am thrilled about how inexpensive they were!!

  4. says

    I love to mass quantities of simple decorations. It gives my home and parties that wow factor! Thanks for posting this. I’ll be using it for my bookcase or dining room!

    • says

      I love massing or grouping items together too – it makes such an effective display! Thank you for your visit and comments- so glad you found a little inspiration:)

    • says

      I love to mass or group similar items together too- I agree that it is such an effective decorating trick! Thanks so much for your visit and comments- glad you found a little inspiration:)

    • says

      That is a great idea Nicole! I should let me boys’ have their hand at one… or we could even make some in my Kindergarten class. So thrilled you came by!

  5. says

    I’m actually making some tree cones tomorrow and had picked up poster board too at the Dollar Store. Glad to see it works with poster board. I was afraid they would be too flimsy but figured I wouldn’t lose much $ if they didn’t. Now I’m excited to start mine after seeing yours!

    • says

      Great minds think alike Jennifer!! I was worried about the flimsy factor too- but I even made them with some really heavy embellishments (that I haven’t posted yet) and it has held up too!! Yay!!

  6. JaneEllen says

    I am so glad to find out I’m not only one aghast with price of styrofoam cones, I mean, come on, it’s styrofoam that used to be so cheap. It’s all us crafters faults for using them so much, lol. Saw on another blog this week about paper mache cones at Michaels. Don’t know how much they are if ours (Grand Junction, CO) even has them.
    Our 13 yr. old granddaughter is coming over tomorrow night so we can craft our brains out all day Saturday, She’s only one of 6 grand kids that likes to craft. I’m so looking forward to it. Your cones are fantastic, so budget friendly. With the price of so many craft supplies sky rocketing (at least it seemed that way to me) being able to make a great decoration I can afford is very welcome. I’d sure love to have one of those Silhouette machines but the cost of one of them is half our mtg. yikes.
    Onward and craftward, here we go. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    • says

      I hear ya! I haven’t been able to justify the purchase of a silhouette yet either. I really think I need to WIN one, that would be perfect!! Have a fabulous crafting weekend with your granddaughter- that sounds amazing!!

    • says

      after going to hobby lobby and micheals even walmart I was blown away with 4-8 a piece for a foam shaped cone what the heck so this is a wonderful alternative. same with the balls I bunch of round newspaper till its round enough to cover for my ornaments.

      • says

        Hi Ann! I checked out local Michaels the other day and the largest cones were $12, the next size down was $10 and the smaller ones were $8. Ahhh!!! I could have never afforded to make my eleven tree forest for that!! I love the newspaper idea- will have to give that a try as well!! Thanks for sharing and your visit:)

  7. justagirlabby says

    Well isn’t that brilliant?! I picked up a couple styrofoam trees at the dollar store, but I was thinking I’d like some bigger ones, and this method would be perfect. Thanks so much for sharing, Krista!

    ~Abby =)

    • says

      Thanks Abby!! Our dollar store doesn’t even have the styro cones, I would have had to get them at Walmart and they wanted like $5-7 dollars each! No way!! Not when you want a whole forest….

  8. says

    You had me at 10 cents Krista! I can’t wait to see what you do with these, I am definitely going to sell my styrofoam cone stock :) Thanks for sharing, I appreciate the budget friendly inspiration. Have a great week!

  9. says

    Krista, this is a fantastic post and people are going to LOVE it! :) Ok, I need to be the first in line to do it now! :) Thanks so much for sharing – pinning and sharing! Hope you have a fantastic day!


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