If you're looking for a quick project for holiday decorations, try making these Christmas tree-shaped faux fur ornaments.
The holiday season is all about crafting, and my favorite type of craft this time is year is handmade ornaments!
They make great Christmas decor keepsakes that you can hang on your Christmas tree year after year.
DIY ornaments also make great handmade gifts!
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Supplies You'll Need to Make This Craft:
- Styrofoam Cone - 4 inches tall
- Faux Fur Fabric
- Gold Wire - 16 gauge
- Plastic Star Beads
- Foam Hot Glue
- Jewelry Needle Nose Pliers - 2 pairs
- Piece of Paper
Make a Template:
To begin, start with the styrofoam cone, a piece of paper, and a pencil or pen.
In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, lay the cone about ½ inch from the top but line it up with the left edge of the paper.
Place the pencil near the base of the cone, and then carefully roll the cone and pencil to the top edge of your paper.
Use a pair of scissors to cut out the template.
Wrap the template around the cone to test your sizing. You can trim from here as needed.
Also, cut the top of the template off where the styrofoam cone ends.
Cutting the Faux Fur:
On the back of the pieces of faux fur, trace the template with a marker.
Make sure the top of the tree template is at the top back of the faux fur piece.
Before you cut, turn the faux fur right side up and brush all of the hair down to make sure it is all going in the same direction.
Then cut the two sides.
Turn the piece over again and this time brush all of the hair up.
Then you can turn the piece over and cut the arch of the traced template.
Gluing the Fur:
Make sure your glue gun is nice and hot, and that you are using foam hot glue.
Use a hot glue gun to apply a line of foam hot glue on the back edge of the faux fur.
Line up the curve of the faux fur piece with the base of the cone.
Press the cone into the hot glue.
Apply more glue in the middle of the back of the faux fur piece, and roll the cone into the glue, wrapping the cone with the faux fur.
Apply a line of glue, this time to the styrofoam cone, where the two ends will come together.
Brush the hair with your fingers to make the seam less noticeable.
Cut a piece of wire about 12- 18 inches long. This seems long but it is nice to have plenty of wire to work with.
From the top point of the tree, slowly push the wire into the styrofoam cone.
A pair of pliers is helpful in grabbing the wire just a bit from the top of the cone and pushing it down.
Repeat until the wire starts to poke out the bottom of the cone.
Grab the wire from the bottom of the ornament and pull it through so the tree is at the center of the wire.
Bend the wire at the base of the styrofoam and create a couple loops with the wire.
Cut off any excess.
Top the wire with hot glue and then press the wire and hot glue to the base of the ornament.
Adding the star:
Select your star bead, and run it through with the wire at the top of the tree.
If you would like you can put a dot of glue at the base of the star to secure it into place, but you don't have to do this.
Creating the Loop at the Top of the Ornament:
This part can be a little difficult to explain, so for a more in-depth description watch the video tutorial below.
This is where you are going to use both pairs of jewelry pliers.
Grab the wire as close to that star bead as close as you can with a pair of pliers.
Using the other pliers, bend the wire 90°.
Let go of the wire with your pliers and re-grab again on top of that bend.
With a finger and a thumb, wrap the wire around the plier tips.
Pull out the pliers and you will have a loop like this.
Next, grab and hold the loop with a pair of pliers. (Don't put a side of the pliers in the loop, you want the loop flat and held by each side of the pliers.)
Grab the long end of the wire with a pair of pliers and wrap the wire three or four times below the loop.
Cut off the excess, and pinch that leftover piece into the wire wraps.
There you have it, your pretty ornament is all done. You did it!
String an ornament hook through that top loop and the faux fur Christmas tree ornament is ready to hang.
Our Crafting Essentials:
- The Cricut Cutting Machine is easily our favorite crafting tool. We use it in so many of our tutorials!
- These MakerX Crafting Tools are perfect for keeping in the craft room and are always ready when needed!
- This Fiskars Paper Trimmer is easy to use and cuts nicely without frayed edges.
- These Scotch Precision Scissors cut like a dream, and you get multiple pairs in a pack!
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