Colorfully Lit Christmas Tree Cone Craft
I’m really excited because today I’m sharing a fun and colorful little craft that is fun for both kids and adults. While simple enough to do, this craft can be finessed with an adult’s attention to detail and desire to achieve a specific color scheme. And whether these fun lit Christmas tree cones are made by big or little hands, they’re all stunning and gorgeous when lit.
You might have seen Christmas tree cones similar to these but I bet you’ve never seen ones that light up from the inside! Our choice of material to make our cones is what places our cone Christmas trees apart from all of the others!
Are you ready to see how we did it and add a little bit of color to your Christmas décor?
- Pacon Clear Plastic Poster Board (available at Michael’s and online)
- Rubber Cement
- 1.2″ Tissue Paper Squares
- Mod Podge Matte
- Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
- Gold Glitter Foam
In order to achieve a transparent cone that can be lit, we will be using Pacon Clear Plastic Poster Board. Though it is called “clear” it is more of a frosted finish. I purchase mine in-store at Michael’s Craft Stores or Dick Blick online.
You can purchase pre-cut tissue paper squares for crafting from Amazon. If you have a specific color scheme or would prefer to save a few dollars, you can purchase tissue paper from the gift wrapping section of your store and cut it to size yourself.
- Fine Point Marker
- Round Items to Trace (e.g. Bowls)
- Clothespin or Other Clip
- Stapler (optional)
- Smooth Bristled Paintbrush
- Battery Operated LED Lights or Battery Operated Tea Candles
For my smaller cone, I traced the largest of the lids for my pots from the kitchen. For my larger cone, I traced a trash can. Anything round can be used as a template.
HOW TO MAKE COLORFULLY LIT CHRISTMAS TREE CONES:
Trace your round item onto a piece of clear poster board with a fine tip marker. Find the center of the circle and draw a straight line from the center to the edge to remove 1/4 of the circle as you see above.
Cut the circle out of the poster board and then remove the quarter-slice wedge with a pair of sharp scissors.
If you wish, you can remove the marker from your poster board with a small amount of rubbing alcohol (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
Roll the poster board into a cone and use a clothespin to hold it in place. Brush a generous layer of rubber cement onto where the poster board folds over itself. Fold the cone back into place so that you spread the adhesive onto the area where the cone overlaps on itself. Unfold and allow the rubber cement to fully dry.
Once dry, overlap the poster board to form the cone and press firmly to adhere.
If you have a stapler, you can tack a staple into the overlap of the cone to help it stay shut.
Pour a small amount of Mod Podge onto a plate or palette. Apply a small amount of Mod Podge directly onto the cone. Place a piece of tissue paper into the adhesive and then brush a small amount on top of the piece.
Continue applying tissue paper to fully cover the cone. Any pieces at the bottom of the cone can be folded over to the inside and glued down.
Once fully covered allow time to dry completely.
Draw a star onto the back of a piece of glitter foam and cut out. Apply to the top of your tree and glue into place.