Easy Ideas for Decorating Styrofoam Christmas Trees

by Tonya Staab
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Did you know that you can use styrofoam cones to make styrofoam Christmas trees to decorate your home this holiday season? We show you how.

Note: This craft project was originally created for the holiday craft, sew, and bake along at According to Kelly, however, that website is currently offline.

Styrofoam cones make fabulous Christmas tree decorations for the holiday season and there are endless possibilities on what you can attach to them. Here are six ideas to get you started.

Styrofoam Christmas trees

Styrofoam Christmas trees wrapped in yarn and with buttons attached to them with pins.
Styrofoam Christmas trees wrapped in yarn and with buttons attached.

1st tree

Using Red Heart boutique Doodle Yarn in Aqua and Lime attach an end to the styrofoam cone with a small sequin pin and then wrap tightly around, securing the end with a sequin pin too. Repeat for the next color.

2nd tree

Attach an assortment of buttons to the styrofoam cone with pins.

Styrofoam cones wrapped in fur and yarn for Christmas decor.
Styrofoam cones wrapped with fur and yarn for Christmas.

3rd tree

Choose an assortment of yarn colors, as many or as few as you like, and wind them very tightly around the tree securing the ends of each color with pins. For this tree, I used Impeccable Loops & Thread yarn in True Gray, Rouge, Aqua, and Grass.

4th tree

Feathers, feathers, and more feathers.  Packets of plain feathers at Michael’s craft stores are $1.99 a pack.  It took two packets to fill this cone.  Secure feathers using pins.

It doesn’t get more sparkly than sequins and glitter.

Styrofoam cones decorated with glitter and sequins for Christmas.
Styrofoam Christmas trees sprinkled with glitter and sequins to make them sparkle.

5th tree

Secure an assortment of sequins in different sizes and colors with sequin pins.

6th tree

Using a brush and Elmer’s school glue, brush glue over the styrofoam cone in sections and pour glitter over the top. Once dry spray on a sealant.

Kids will have a great time coming up with ideas on how to decorate their styrofoam cones. 

More styrofoam Christmas tree ideas

Here are more ideas for decorating your styrofoam cone for Christmas:

  • Attach paper leaves.
  • Attach beautiful scrapbook paper using mod podge.
  • Pom Poms – try using green with the occasional red one
  • Tinsel – wrap it around similar to the Doodle Yarn
  • Scrunched tissue paper
  • Felt – either cut out felt leaves, or wrap a sheet of felt around the cone and attach felt balls

Tip: Put your finished trees on top of candlesticks or small pots.

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Melanie Flinn September 15, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Those are super cute and I don’t think it’s too early to think about the Holidays. It is such a busy and rushed time and we have 4 birthdays to celebrate over the next 3 months so I am all about starting early! Miss you!

Tonya Staab September 17, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Honey, I hear ya, can you believe it's only about 14 weeks away.  Crazy, right.  We've got the 3 kids and Randy's too all before Thanksgiving.    We miss you too.  Hug the kids and give the belly a rub from me

Christmas is Cool November 3, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Don’t panic its never too early! My job ensures Christmas is always being discussed. We have to order all the decorations at the end of January, then there is alot of planning goes on through the year before deliveries start to arrive at the end of June.. Good job we love it! Love your button tree.. its real cute.

seo solution December 6, 2011 - 4:58 am

It was fantastic. A great idea of making Christmas tree from those west material we often find at our home.


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