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.
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?
Here's what you need for this project:
- my cone trees large + small printable templates (get the large one here and the small one here)
- cardstock (I used cereal boxes and scrapbook paper)
- glue gun
- silver leaf
- metal leaf adhesive
- foam brush
- wax paper
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.
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.
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.
From the top left, they are:
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