Have you seen these West Elm Scalloped Trees? Pretty awesome, if you ask me. They're constructed out of seagrass and styrofoam. So, I thought popsicle sticks would be a great substitute and I picked up a couple styrofoam cones @ Joann Fabrics, which were surprisingly expensive for what they are. And by expensive I mean $6 for the 15" cone. Still less expensive than the West Elm version, but c'mon $6?
|West Elm Scalloped Trees - $39-$79|
- styrofoam cones (15" and 12")
- popsicle sticks
- hot glue gun
Total project cost for two cones: $12
When I first started on this project I was like, Oh hells yeah! This is easy as pie. Well, my pie turned into a soufflé or whatever that crazy beef thing that Julia Childs made. Point is, well, actually that was the whole issue. My tree just wouldn't come to a point. The thickness of the popsicle sticks was hindering all of my attempts to make it more pointy & tree-like. My mistake? I started at the bottom and worked my way up to the top. I pried off the layer at the top and tried again, only to end up with another blunt top and a lumpy looking tree.
Step 1: Heat up your glue gun. Bring the sticks to a point about an inch above the styrofoam and then work your way down with the first layer, gluing one by one.
Step 2: With the first layer in place, start back at the top and adhere the second layer, making sure to overlap and cover up any spots where you can see the styrofoam underneath. (Don't worry about covering up all the spots. The third layer will take care of any open spaces left over.)
Step 3: After the second layer is in place, start breaking the sticks in half and cut the broken edge so that it is straight. (Or you could purchase shorter sized sticks that have rounded edges on both sides.)
Step 4: Start gluing the shorter sticks, overlapping as you go. This process is a little more time consuming, but pretty soon...you're all done. And you have a beautiful scalloped tree with a semi-pointy top!
So, there you have it. Two scalloped trees, similar to West Elm's version, but at a fraction of the cost. Now that's my kind of decoration.