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String Cone Christmas Tree

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Bring a warm look to your Christmas decorations with these tall but lightweight trees. Wrapped string gives them a light, airy feeling.

Cone-shaped string trees

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Waxed paper
  • Transparent tape
  • Paint roller tray or wide, shallow bowl
  • Disposable latex gloves

Materials

  • 5/32-in x 420-ft white twisted cotton rope, #349224
  • 28-in plumber’s cone, #807 (18-in cone, #799; 12-in cone, #795)
  • Minwax Polycrylic semigloss finish, half-pint, #290321

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Instructions

Step 1

Wrap waxed paper around a cone
Wrap pieces of waxed paper around a cone with no gaps.

Select a cone to suit the tree size you want. Wrap the cone with pieces of waxed paper and transparent tape. Trim the paper for an even edge at the bottom and tape it to the base of the cone to hold it in place.

Step 2

Soak string in finish
Don’t squeeze all of the finish from the string -- just enough to keep it from dripping.

Pour the Polycrylic into a tray or bowl, and soak about 3 feet of string in the finish without cutting it from the spool. While wearing disposable latex gloves, pinch the string, and pull it through your fingers to remove the excess finish.

Step 3

Wrap string around the cone
Wrap string up and down the cone, always keeping it on the waxed paper.

Wrap the string around the covered cone at random angles with even overlaps. Soak and wrap more string as needed until you have the look you want.

Step 4

After the finish dries, carefully lift the string tree free of the cone. You can carefully tear off pieces of the loose paper not covered with string or leave it in place. Keep an even ring of paper at the bottom so the tree stands straight.