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I have been in full Christmas decorating mode. Eek! So many crafts I want to make, but priority numero uno is getting the mantle properly outfitted to go with the Merry and Bright Christmas sign I made last year. I knew I needed something with some height and maybe some sparkle so I thought Christmas trees would be the perfect complement. Last week, I told you how in love I am with washi tape so I thought it would be great to make these tailored Christmas trees with Scotch® Expressions Tapes.
Ok, so first, we are gonna need some supplies. Don’t worry, nothing fancy.
- Ruler (I prefer a flat metal ruler)
- 1 Foam Cone (your choice of size but mine are 12 inches and 9 inches tall)
- Paper or Cardstock
- Scotch® Create Double Sided Tape
- 2 rolls Scotch® Expressions Tapes
- Pins with a ball head (optional, only useful for the metallic or glitter tapes)
- Something to decorate the top of the tree with (I used a small ornament ball)
I found the Scotch® Expressions Tapes at Walmart in the Scrapbooking and Crafts section. I don’t know about you, but I go through a ton of photo safe, double-sided tape. When I stopped over in the office supplies section for the tape, I noticed even more beautiful decorative tapes from the Scotch® Create line. I love my Christmas tree cones, and I made them in the colors that best suited my decor choices but there are so many to choose from! Those glitter tapes are calling my names on some great projects like covering notebooks or wrapping presents.
- The tape is removable and doesn’t adhere really well to the cone itself. Thus, wrap the cone in paper with Scotch® Create Double Sided Tape and then tape edges flat. The wrapping doesn’t have to be pretty because it won’t show. Trim off any excess on the top or bottom of the cone.
- Cut 4in strips of decorative tape and fold about 1 inch back on itself. The best way I found to do this was to use a metal ruler to wrap the tape back on itself, but you could use anything flat and thin, like a metal spatula.
3. Stick the tape with the non-sticky end downward. Continue all around the cone in an even row before moving up to the next row. To move up the next row, stick the tape so that the sticky side overlaps with the row below it (i.e. you see none of the paper).
4. When you put the last row on top, trim any extra tape beyond 1/2in overhang. Fold the overhang in and press an ornament ball or decoration of your choice into the top of the cone. Lastly, using a pencil or your fingers, roll the bottom tips of the tape up to flare them out. The red metallic washi tape worked better if I used pins just below the flap to push it out from the cone.
I think they are awesome! What kinds of crafts are you making this holiday season?
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