Tuesday, December 15

Shiny Trees-Tutorial

Here is project my friend and I came up with for our dining room centerpiece. She did hers with gold beads and mine is with silver to match the decor. You could really use any color or mix it all up. It was lots of fun to do but oh so messy. I am still finding glitter in my hair and around the house!

First select the types of beads you would like to use. I have 4 different kinds, from silver to iredescent round and long for texture and dimension.
For the cones we picked up doll forms which are clear plastic and come in various sizes. Where we live the stores are limited on what they carry but online we found 6 different sizes. They are also not expensive, the large size I used is 1.79.
Pour you beads out on a tray to mix them together good.
Put a generous layer of modge podge on your cone.
Then cover with beads. This is the first layer. We let that dry and then added a second layer. We started out rolling the cones in the beads but it seemed to work better to pour them over the cone to get more dimension and a thicker layer. On the second layer we sprinkled generously with glitter. When that dried we covered them in modge podge again to seal it so the beads and glitter wouldn't fall off.
Here they are all dry.
We then placed them on a door mirror. The cheap 5.00 ones from Target. It works well because you can pick up the whole centerpiece if you need to change the tablecloth. I added two mirrored cones I found at the dollar store and some greens and ornament balls I had leftover.
We added battery tea lights under the cones so they shimmer at night.


  1. It looks like a project that I would like to do. Maybe next year.

  2. These are gorgeous! I love them. I featured this post at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.

  3. What a great craft! How pretty it is with the battery tea lights! Thank you!

  4. These are so pretty! I never thought to use doll forms, they looks great with the candles underneath.

  5. Hello and Season's Greetings...

    I'm coming over from the Some Day Crafts blog! I just had to see how you crafted these fabulous, glittery trees!!! At first, I thought that it was glitter that was used on the trees but I really like the idea of using the pretty beads even better!!! What a great idea!!! Ohhh...I just love how they turned out and the table centerpiece that you made with them is simply gorgeous!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful Christmas trees and your creativity with us!!! I would love to make some of these!

    Warmest wishes and Christmas blessings to you and your family, my friend!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Gorgeous, genious and fairly frugal, AWESOME

  7. This is fabulous! I followed the link from Someday Crafts ... and boy, I was not disappointed! Thank you so much for sharing how these are made. I have bags and bags of those beads - and never used them.

  8. WOW!! That is great! I am loving them with the tea lights underneath!

  9. I love them! I have been wanting to make something like this, but never could figure out how!

  10. What a GREAT idea! Plus you make it look so simple too :D

  11. what a great project. I see these trees all the time in stores and won't pay the $. Now I have to try this. I really must stop visiting all these fun blogs - too many ideas, too little time!

  12. Stunning! Just love how the light casts their glow through those beads. Very creative!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS #10!

    FJ Donna

  13. Oh I am so excited!! I have all these glittery beads and I knew I wanted to make some kind of cone trees with them, but wasn't sure how. Now I know! Thanks you for the great idea and tutorial!!!

  14. Those are so cute, thanks for sharing the idea

  15. What a great idea and sooo cute! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.


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