This holiday season, I have REALLY amped up my previously non-existent crafting game. I LOVE this Christmas tree paint swatch craft! It doesn’t require many supplies, and it’s inexpensive to make. Today, we’ll show you how.
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VIDEO: how to make a DIY Christmas tree paint swatch craft
DIY Christmas tree paint swatch craft supplies
pencil/string (to make cone)
how to make a DIY Christmas tree paint swatch craft
*This is a simple project, but it does take a little time. Mine is about 12″ tall, and took about 1.5 hours to complete.*
1.) Make cone from poster board.
If you haven’t made a cone before, watch the video above. The easiest method I’ve found uses a string and a pencil to draw an arc onto your poster board. You hold one end of the string in a corner of the poster board, and wrap the other end of the string around your pencil. Then you’ll trace the arc shape onto the poster board and cut out with scissors.
Bend poster board into the cone shape and hot glue to secure.
2.) Make paint swatch loops.
I used about 2 dozen paint swatches for this project. If you’re like me, you probably have a fair amount just sitting around your house already 😉 You certainly do not have to use green. Use any and all colors you would like!
First, I cut my paint swatches in half, long-wise. You could even cut into thirds if you want to stretch your supply or make thinner “branches”. Once cut, form a loop with your section of paint swatch and hot glue the ends together so they look like the ones in the image above.
3.) Starting at base of cone, glue paint swatch loops.
You will start at the base of your cone, and secure the loops moving in a full circle around the base of the tree.
Continue this technique row by row, in a circular motion from the base toward the top of the tree.
4.) Use skinny loops to fill in bare spots.
Toward the top of the tree, you’ll have to use skinnier loops (1/3 to 1/4 of the paint swatch width) to attach to tree, as you see in the image below. Wider loops won’t adhere well in this small, narrow section. To help the top row adhere, I used a rubber band and wrapped it around those top-most swatches. I just kept it on there until the glue had set (a few minutes).
You can also use some skinnier loops toward the end to “patch” any holes or gaps in the tree.
I ended up using a fair number of these skinnier pieces of swatch to make the tree really full looking.
I love how it turned out, and sure hope you will love yours, too!
Before you go, we’d love to share this free printable with you as a little holiday gift for joining our flock!! Happy holidays!!