Another reason I {heart} Starbucks...

Have you been to your local Starbucks lately? I have! (about 2-3 times a day, lol) and when I was there the other day I was oogling one of their new Christmas decorations, do you know the one I'm talking about? It's a tree made of light blue paper, wire, and tiny mirrors. I picked it up, examined it, and thought, I CAN DO THIS! I went to M's looking for supplies that would work, and luckily found suitable substitutes for things I could not find (a metal base for the tree, for example).

I purchased some VERY expensive paper for this project (Heidi Grace glitter embossed paper at $3.25 a sheet), clear opalescent snowflakes, got my glue gun out, and started cutting, gluing, and consequently burning myself. OUCH!

I cut strips of 12x1.5 from my 12x12 paper, then cut those strips down to 1x1.5. I folded a little flap over, applied hot glue, and pressed it to the cone. I started at the bottom, and worked my way to the top, not worrying too much about it being symmetrical, but making sure to hide the styrofoam base.
The base is a tiny terra cotta pot that I painted with white acrylic paint, covered in glitter, and embossed with UTEE. It has this really cool frosted glass look. I then glued it to the bottom of the cone.

To finish of the tree I glued the plastic snowflakes on with the hot glue in random places.

All in all this was an expensive project ($6.50 for the cone, approx. $6 for the paper, $7 for the snowflakes), but I know where I can cut expenses if I will replicate this for gifts. I encourage you all to try this, it's an AWESOME look. THANK YOU STARBUCKS MERCHANDISING PEOPLE!!!!

Supplies: Paper: Heidi Grace; Snowflakes (Dress it Up); Styrofoam, terracotta pot, glue gun (Michaels).

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12 comments

  1. I was just admiring the tree's at Starbucks yesterday...I LOVE yours...much more then the one's at Starbucks. I definatley am going to try making one of these.

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  2. This is totally GORGEOUS Tobi! I wanna do one now!

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  3. Oooh! I've seen those cute trees at SB. Fabulous job creating your own! tfs!

    ~Sarah

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  4. So glad you listed what paper that you used cause I just love it! SOOO perfect and an adorable project too.

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  5. Tobi, this tree is darling. I especially love the colors and your great instructions. Hmmm....I wonder if I can do this. Looks fun!

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  6. Oh my gosh Tobi! this is GORGEOUS! I love how you did your paper! The top of the tree is great like that!! Oh my word! I will have to try one like this now. I did one with some inexpensive scraps laying around and some pins. I like the look of the paper layered like that! Awesome job!

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  7. this is so cute! I have seen some other trees like this w/ folded-in-half strips, but I like this look too. TFS

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  8. I absolutely love your tree. It is beautiful. I'm making one write now and managed to find the same paper, but I'm using straight pins instead of glue. I think I'm going to give out some as gifts. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. This is gorgeous!!! How creative and clever you are! I've been admiring the Starbuck's tree also, thanks for sharing your great idea!

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  10. This tree is really great. I love the wreaths they have at Starbucks too. Simple and a great way to transfer to smaller sizes.

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  11. I love it!
    I'm going to try it!!!!!!
    Thanks for the demo!

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  12. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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