Christmas Trees made with Mod Podge and Recycled Book Pages

recycled book mod podge christmas trees


Paper-Mache cone trees get a royal makeover with recycled book pages, Mod Podge, yarn and Mod Melts.  For the complete instructions, visit our project page at Plaid. 

Vintage Style Cone Trees with Burlap and Crackle Paint

Sugar sweet with a touch of rustic.  Super easy to make!  I heart pink so that was the color of choice for this project….but I think this would be awesome in green or gold as well.  I used FolkArt paints and Crackle Medium.

Here are some ideas:
Really Sexy Tree…try black for the base-coat with a gold top-coat.
Traditional Tree…try dark brown for the base-coat with an evergreen top-coat.
Seaside Tree…try baby blue for the base-coat with an ivory top-coat.
Modern Tree…try white for the base-coat with a lime green top-coat.

The color combinations are endless!  BTW so are the embellishments….you can use feather trim, ribbons, pompom trim, etc.

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Craft: Easy Tree Craft for Kids

tissue paper trees Tissue Paper & Yarn Christmas Trees
Designed for Plaid!

This project is perfect for kids of all ages and a great way to use up scraps of yarn and tissue paper. I used a combination of Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Hologram Glitter to get the ultra shiny and glittery look.

For teachers or anyone wanting to make this in bulk, check out places like create for less for larger quantities of cones. If you have a local floral supply shop – try them too. I have also seen a few goodies at the dollar store that could be altered to do this technique. Use the instructions as a spring board for your imagination.

Materials Used:
Mod Podge Gloss
Mod Podge Glitter – Hologram Gold
3 Styrofoam cones – different sizes
Tissue paper – pink; pale green and turquoise
Yarn – raspberry, olive, dark turquoise
Wax paper

1. Cut the tissue paper into small random shaped squares. Apply the squares to the Styrofoam tree with Mod Podge. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Add additional layers of tissue. Allow for dry time between layers.

2. Cut the yarn into 3 to 5 feet long pieces. (Use more yarn for a fuller wrap and less yarn for an open look.) Pool some Mod Podge Glitter onto a piece of wax paper. Saturate the yarn in the Mod Podge Glitter. Wrap the wet yarn around the cones. Allow to dry.

Make it: Tomato Cage Christmas Trees (with Video)

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

Create a small-scale Christmas tree with style. The secret? Start with a tomato cage as a frame, and add embellishments to create one of the themed trees below. Tomato cage trees are prefect for anyone who wants a holiday tree for a small space. They look great clustered in a group of 3 by a front door or single on a table top. The trees can be made in a variety of fashions, natural, folk, feather and spacey tinsel.

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Happy Holidays!
Cathie and Steve

Feather Tree

Wire tomato cage
4 – 6 feather boas
3 Zip ties
Sheer ribbon- 1/4″ wide and matching the color of the boas
35-Bulb length of white twinkle lights
Wire cutters


1. Gather together the three vertical wires of the cage and secure them tightly together with a zip tie (figure A). Crisscross a second zip tie over the first zip tie, so that a 1-2″ loop extends down into the cavity of the cage. Secure the second zip tie.

2. Use wire cutters to trim away any excess wire (figure B).

3. Thread the third zip tie through a strand of twinkle lights approximately 2/3 of the way from the plug end of the strand (figure C).

4. Loop the third zip tie through the loop formed by the second zip tie so the strand hangs in the center of the cage (figure D).

5. Tie the end of one of the boas to the top point of the tree, using a small piece of ribbon. The ribbon ties will be camouflaged by the fluffiness of the boas. Wrap the boas around the outside cone of the tomato cage, securing with small ribbon ties as necessary. When you reach the end of one boa, tie another one on and continue until the entire tree is covered.