Every year around this time we try to find ways of making Christmas trees that are cat-friendly. You see we have four purr babies and they love
playing destroying traditional trees. We’ve made pom-pom trees and broom trees, but I think we outdid ourselves this year with these wine glass Christmas trees.
I love how budget-friendly they were to make, and they look so elegantly gorgeous too. But they really sparkle when the lights are turned down low.
Sooooooo pretty, right?!!! 😀
What you need
- Any type of glass with a stem. We used wine glasses and a small sherry glass
- Superglue and tape
- Ruler and pencil
- Fairy lights
- Sparkly tulle fabric
I used one of those fluffy tutu skirts you can pick up for a few bucks at the dollar store to make these wine glass Christmas trees. There’s more than enough fabric in each skirt to make a whole bunch.
How to turn a wine glass into a Christmas tree
The first thing we need to do is make a paper cone template using the wine glass as a base. Position the wine glass on some cardstock and estimate how high you want the top of the cone to be. I roughly doubled the height of the goblet to make our wine glass Christmas trees.
Use the cone height measurement to quickly make a paper cone template using a ruler. The video below will show you how.
If you prefer reading the step-by-step instructions, then here you go 😉
How to make a paper cone template using a ruler
Place a ruler on the edge of a sheet of a piece of paper or cardstock and make a mark on the bottom left corner, about 2cm (1”) from the left edge.
Place the bottom edge of the ruler on the mark and draw a line straight up. Mark off the height of your finished cone.
Move the ruler slightly right, keeping the bottom edge aligned with the sheet of cardboard. Make a mark.
Repeat all the way around until your ruler meets the bottom edge of the sheet of cardboard.
Join the marks up.
Cut your template out with a pair of scissors.
Tape the two straight edges together to form a cone.
Place the cone over the wine glass and adapt the shape if necessary.
Using the cone template to cut the tulle
Once you’re happy with your cone, remove the tape and use the flat template or cone pattern to cut the tulle. Make sure to add 1 cm (1/2″) to one straight edge to use as an overlap later.
You’ll need 4 layers of tulle for each wine glass Christmas tree.
Cut a small section off the overlap, as shown below. It makes for a neater join when you form the cone.
Roll the cone template up again to form a cone and tape the two straight edges together.
Put extra sticky tape on the join and fold the tulle pieces you cut earlier over the cone shape.
Use clear-drying superglue or instant glue to glue the tulle into a cone shape. When gluing the tulle together, make sure to place the overlap over the sticky taped area. The sticky tape acts as an “anti-glue barrier” between the cardboard cone and the tulle.
Once the glue dries, remove the cone template. Put the Christmas tree shade over the wine glass to test if it fits and make adjustments as needed. Add some battery-operated fairy lights inside the wine glass ………….
……… and pop the tulle cones over the wine glass.
It’s that easy.
The cone template works for most wine glasses. And if you don’t have any wine glasses, you can just use the tulle cones. And if you don’t have any tulle, you can use the cardstock cone templates to make this beautiful faux concrete ring light.
I did adapt the template a tiny bit for the little sherry glass on the left. Instead of roughly doubling the height of the glass, I made it taller and thinner to add visual interest to the display.
I would love to do the whole Winter Tree Decorating thing with all the bells and whistles but purr babies come first 😉 In the meantime these little guys will suffice. What do you think?
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More little Christmas tree crafts
If you don’t have a lot of space and want to add a little festive cheer to your decor, these charming DIY Christmas trees are perfect. Each tree comes with a full tutorial that will guide you through the process:
- Boho Macrame Trees with a wire star
- Tulle and Lace Pom-Pom Trees
- Handmade paper trees with built in lights
- Whoville-Inspired Feathered Christmas Tree
- Geometric Trees to suit any decor style
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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.