Finally!! The Fabric Covered Poster Board Tree Cone Template and Tutorial is finished and is now available for sale and download in my new online store here. Yes, immediate download (you receive the download link immediately after purchase) Instant cone making gratification!!
After receiving so many emails over the last year from readers asking if I offered tree cone patterns/templates for sale, I finally decided to go ahead and create them. I have come up with an easy to follow template (with 5 cone sizes on it) and tutorial that makes it easy to create your own fabric covered tree cones.
On the pattern itself, I have cut dashes/marks and scissors to show you exactly where to cut, how to cut, where to roll and precisely where to place your fabric. I spent weeks designing the pattern so it would be as easy and user friendly as possible:
I am really excited that I was able to eliminate a big step by designing the template in a way that we can attach our fabric to the poster board first and then roll the cone using pattern lines that tell you exactly where to put the fabric and guide you to rolling a perfect cone:
I decided to go ahead and design the template not only for creating fabric covered tree cones, but I also wanted to the pattern to be used for basic craft cones for other (year-round) projects. If you’re a regular crafter, I don’t have to tell you that pre-made cardboard craft cones are ridiculously priced ($9.99 for an 18 inch cone) and you can’t find anything taller than a measly 18 inches (we like big cones and we cannot lie).
With my template, there are five (5) sizes of cones all on one pattern!! The sizes of the cones on the pattern range from the super tall 28 inch and the smallest being 8.5 x 11 inch that can be used for decorative cardstock/paper cones. You can use these patterns over and over and you will never have to buy a craft cone again! I have also perfectly spaced the cones so they will complement each other when displayed in a grouping.
Ok, so here are the sizes that are included in the template/pattern download:
The best part of all of this is that poster board is dirt cheap! You can pick up poster board for 3 for $1.00 at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. Because of the way I designed how you form the cones, the cone is basically doubled up, which makes them super sturdy and just as strong as the pre-made $9.99 cardboard craft cones! You can paint them, glue stuff too them or cover with any kind of fabric. The possibilities are endless!
Also, included with the template/pattern is a very detailed, step by step tutorial (with pictures) for not only making the craft cones but for creating these beautiful fabric covered poster board tree cones. By the way, because the cone itself is open at the base (unlike cardboard or styrofoam pre-made cones), all you have to do is slide the finished cone over a candlestick and you have an instant base/tree stem:
Of course you don’t have to cover them with fabric, you can cover them with almost anything! Because the tallest cone is more than 10 inches taller than store bought pre-made cones, these cones really look dramatic with not only fabric but you can use sheet moss to make year round topiaries:
or you can simple hot glue natural items like pine cones:
or do something fun and whimsical like covering the tallest cone with kid’s foam sticker letters and spray painting it any color imaginable:
You can cover these cones with anything if you do not necessarily want fabric covered trees.
The cones are also a perfect holiday centerpiece for luncheons or Christmas parties!
Lastly, one of my favorite things about making the tree cones over the last two years has been making them with my friends at our tree cone crafting parties! This is one of the best crafts to make with a group and if you’re looking for a holiday craft to do with the family or girlfriends, this is a really fun project to do with a group:
So here are the details on the PDF download for the templates and tutorial; the download is available in my shop for $9.95 (I know the image says $11.95 above but they are $9.95) and includes a step-by-step tutorial (with images) for making the fabric covered tree cones and the basic craft cones. The download also includes a pattern/template that you print out on standard 8.5 x 11 copy paper that you tape together (the pattern is only 9 pages). After you tape the pages (details are in the instructions), you will have a poster board size pattern that has five (5) different sizes of cones on it for you to cut and trace onto a poster board for your master template in each size.
In the tutorial, I walk you through every step of the way and I start by walking you through the simple process of tracing your master templates for each size.
Ok, so you will need to have Adobe Reader (most of us have it on our computers) to download and view. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can get it free at Adobe.com. With the download, you will receive instructions on how to download and save it to your computer.
You can buy the template by visiting my new online store here. I will be adding new items to the store over the next few months but wanted to get the store up today so you could make the cones for the holidays.
I will also be adding an online photo gallery in the next week on the website to show off finished tree cones from readers! I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with to inspire us all! The details for submitting pictures for the gallery are in the download.
Thank you so much to all of you who have sent emails and left comments requesting the cone templates. I would have never done this without you guys encouraging me and while it has been a lot of work, I am really proud of the finished product. Thank you so much to Shannon and Don with East Texas Scanning/Security Shredding for all their awesome help!!
I’ll be back to my regular projects shortly!
Cheers and happy tree cone making!!