A few weeks ago I was browsing around Pinterest (one of my favorite things to do) when I came across these adorable cork Christmas trees. (Find the original here.) Not only were they festive and cute, but they also looked relatively cheap and super easy to make.
In other words, for a beginner just venturing out into the crafting world, they were perfect!
So I got out the Hot Glue Gun and decided to make a few of my own. Here’s how you can make some, too!
These little guys are perfect to add a bit of personal flair around the house, to hand out as last-minute Christmas gifts, or even to make with your kids to give as gifts to their teachers.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- For 1 tree, 2 bags of Cork Bottle Stoppers, all the same size (I got mine from Michaels)
- Several sheets of decorative paper, one sparkly for star
- Hot Glue Gun
- 1 sheet of card stock or cardboard
- Base of some kind (cut piece of wood, bottle cap, more corks glued together)
Start by gluing your cork bottle stoppers in the pattern shown in the picture above. Three for the bottom, four for the next row, three, two, and then one. For the second row of four, it helps to start in the middle and then work your way out.
While it dries, you can begin cutting out your paper circles for the ends of the stoppers. I just grabbed an extra stopper and traced around it with a pencil on a piece of card stock to form a template. Using the template, I then traced and cut out my 13 different paper circles. I used 8 different kinds of decorative paper, but you can use as many or as little as you like. The original cork tree I saw also left some of the stopper ends without anything glued onto them and let the cork show through instead, which is also a neat look. So definitely let yourself be creative here! Go with what looks good to you.
Once they’re cut, go ahead and begin gluing to the ends of the stoppers. I chose to go with a more simple look, but you can also glue some buttons or ribbon onto your tree as decorations. Once you’ve decorated to your satisfaction, it’s time for the topper!
I created another template by drawing a star onto a piece of card stock, cutting it out, and then tracing the outline with pencil onto my gold sparkly paper. (Silver would look pretty, too!)
There’s two basic ways you can attach the star to your tree. The one I saw online looked as though they just hot glued it to the top. I wanted mine to be a little sturdier, so I chose to attach it to a toothpick instead. After I’d pressed it into the very top cork, I glued the star on and then just cut off the remainder of the toothpick. You can still see some of the toothpick doing it this way, but I personally liked that look. Kind of gives it a cute “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” feel, I think! 🙂
The final step for me was the base. This time of year we have lots of firewood around for the stove, so I just asked my dad to find me a few good looking branches to form into a base. Using a Miter Saw, we just cut it and used a piece of sand paper to make it a little bit more level.
Once you’ve glued your base, hand out and spread the merriment! 🙂