Make Silver Leaf Paper Trees for Christmas Tabletop Decor #12MonthsofDIY

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Paper is one of my favourite craft mediums to work with. It’s such an inexpensive material, and if you use some creativity there are SO many beautiful things you can make with paper! Some of my favourite paper crafts for the holiday season are book page wreaths, Christmas tree ornaments, and Christmas tree cones. This year, I decided to take paper cone Christmas trees to a whole new level and cover them with some gorgeous, sparkling silver leaf. The result are some beautiful silver leafed paper trees that look lovely as Christmas tabletop decor. Let me show you how easy it is to make these, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see what my blogging friends have made with paper this month.

DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

I’m going to mix these DIY silver leaf trees in with some mercury glass trees I found at Costco for a glamourous table centerpiece this year. Don’t they make a pretty grouping?

DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

Here’s what you need for this project:



DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

Use my free cone Christmas tree templates, cut them out, and trace them onto the pieces of cardstock to make tree shapes. Roll the shapes into cones, fold one edge to make a tab, and put a strip of hot glue on the tab. Fasten the tab to the other side of the cone to create a cone tree shape. I made one large cone and two small cones.

Once the cones are dry, paint metal leaf adhesive over all of their surfaces with a foam brush. Let the adhesive set for 45 minutes.

DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

Tear a piece of wax paper into approximately the same size as a sheet of the silver leaf. Place the wax paper over a sheet of silver leaf, and the leaf should stick to the wax paper. Place the silver leaf + wax paper onto one of the cone trees (with the leaf against the cone) and brush it with a foam brush to adhere it to the cone.

DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

Once you’ve covered the entire surface of the cones with silver leaf, brush off any excess leaf with a foam brush.

DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

DIY silver leaf paper cone trees for Christmas tabletop decor

Silver Leaf Paper Trees for Christmas Tabletop

Yield: Several

This year, I decided to take paper cone Christmas trees to a whole new
level and cover them with some gorgeous, sparkling silver leaf.

Materials

  • My cone trees large + small printable templates
  • Cardstock (I used cereal boxes and scrapbook paper)
  • Silver leaf
  • Metal leaf adhesive
  • Foam brush
  • Wax paper

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

    1. Use my free cone Christmas tree templates, cut them out, and trace them onto the pieces of cardstock to make tree shapes.
    2. Roll the shapes into cones, fold one edge to make a tab, and put a strip of hot glue on the tab.
    3. Fasten the tab to the other side of the cone to create a cone tree shape.
    4. Let the cones dry.
    5. Then, paint metal leaf adhesive over all of their surfaces with a foam brush. Let the adhesive set for 45 minutes.
    6. Tear a piece of wax paper into approximately the same size as a sheet of
      the silver leaf. Place the wax paper over a sheet of silver leaf, and
      the leaf should stick to the wax paper.
    7. Place the silver leaf + wax paper onto one of the cone trees (with the leaf against the cone) and brush it with a foam brush to adhere it to the cone.
    8. Once you've covered the entire surface of the cones with silver leaf, brush off any excess leaf with a foam brush.

You’re all done and ready to enjoy your inexpensive but elegant silver leaf Christmas trees!

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY PAPER project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.

Holiday Christmas paper craft ideas

From the top left, they are:

Free Love Peace Joy Christmas Printable from Sustain My Craft Habit

Silver Leaf Paper Trees for Christmas Tabletop Decor from The DIY Mommy

Rustic Gift Wrap Ideas from Love Create Celebrate

Book Page Feather Garland from Life Is A Party

Deconstructed Plaid Wrapping Paper from PMQ for Two

Make 3D Paper Flower Christmas Wreaths from Time With Thea

How to Make a Paper Garland from Fresh Crush

Quilled Paper Snowflake from Lifeovereasy

Funny Printable Gift Tags from Brooklyn Berry Designs

DIY Linocut Print Kraft Paper Christmas Gift Wrap from Woman In Real Life

DIY Chalkboard Paper Christmas Art from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Floral & Paper Decoupage Girl Power Mirror from Heather in Heels

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20 Comments

  1. Great idea! For a second I thought it was one of those silvery cake liners, but the silver leaf looks so much more majestic and compliments your mercury glass trees perfectly! Well done friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love all the sparkle! The two styles of tree work so well together – it’s a great pairing!:) can’t wait to see the rest of your Christmas decor!:)

  3. So pretty! I love each of your projects. They are always so stylish. I love your detailed doable instructions and it was so clever to coordinate them with your purchased ones. They make a gorgeous table setting vignette!

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