It’s Christmas time! Time to deck the halls, toss some tinsel, bake some cookies, wrap some gifts, do some shopping, bless some strangers, drink some wassel (or eggnog 😀 ), eat some candy, enjoy family, and whatever else your holiday traditions include!
Today I’m bringing you a super easy and cheap craft as part of a blog hop that is being hosted by Hometalk.com and Country Living.com There are a lot of great bloggers involved in this and I know you are going to find some amazing Christmas goodness here!
This craft was inspired by these trees I created for my kitchen window sill this year. Underneath that tinsel is some vintage funnels that came from my Grandpa’s workshop. I love their vintage industrial look, and I’ve used them on my kitchen window sill for awhile. This year while decorating I cleared this sill and started with the red plaid thermoses. The funnels remind me of trees at Christmas time and I happened to have this tinsel laying around so I grabbed it and wrapped it around the funnel – and I LOVED it!
And I wanted to share with you how to make trees out of funnels and tinsel. But I got to thinking that not everyone was going to have vintage funnels like I did. And not everyone was going to have the time or the money to go hunting down vintage funnels. Furthermore, there had to be a way to create these inexpensively with items from the dollar store!
So I did just that. Just for you! To show you how to create these without breaking your wallet and without scouring antique shops.
My Dollar Tree loot:
Set of 3 funnels for $1
50 yards of tinsel for $1
Jingle Bell ornaments 2 for $1
You will also need a hot glue gun to put it all together, or if you don’t have glue gun I bet you could make double sided tape work instead 🙂
Step 1. Put a bit of hot glue on the tip of the funnel.
Step 2. Tuck the end of the tinsel into the hole in the tip of the funnel and secure to the hot glue.
Step 3. Start wrapping the tinsel around the funnel, securing with hot glue as needed. Wrap a bit loosely around the smaller top part of the funnel and wrap a few extra times if needed to create a more gradual transition from the skinny part to the fat part of the funnel.
Step 4. Continue wrapping and securing with hot glue till the whole funnel is covered. Last row should be hot glued to the very bottom edge of the funnel.
Step 5. Cut the tinsel and tuck end to the inside of the funnel and secure with hot glue.
Add a detail to the top of the tree if desired. I purchased these at the Dollar Tree to show you that you can create these completely with things found there.
The Dollar Tree had other colors of tinsel, you could create these in red or green or silver. I would have picked silver but the silver tinsel wasn’t quite what I had in mind so I went with the gold.
You could use vintage tinsel or find thicker tinsel at another store. The tinsel I used for my vintage funnels came from Target. I’ve had it a few years and love it. I’ll show you how I did those in another post coming up soon! (I didn’t use hot glue on them)
Add the tinsel trees you created to your holiday decor and you will smile each time you see them, knowing you created them yourself and with inexpensive items!
You could make a whole forest of these trees for your mantel or the top of a hutch. Detail them each differently, add some ribbon or felt circles for ornaments. The possibilities are many and it’s a really fun, quick craft.
As I was picking the trees up after the photo shoot I stacked them together biggest to smallest – and guess what?! Wrap them all in tinsel and stack them to create different sized trees! I may just be headed back to Dollar Tree for more funnels and tinsel! These could even be given as gifts to the person on your list who needs holiday decor.
Now go see what everyone else came up with! With this group you should find all the inspiration you need to create a handmade, home-for-Christmas holiday!