The Tree Cone Templates are Finally Ready!

Fabric covered poster board tree cones for the holidays.  Link to template that has 5 sizes of cones on it. {The Creativity Exchange}


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Poster Board Tree Cone Covered with Sheet Moss {Tree Cone Template from The Creativity Exchange}


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:


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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:


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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:


Poster Board Tree Cone Covered with Sheet Moss {Tree Cone Template from The Creativity Exchange}

or you can simple hot glue natural items like pine cones:


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or do something fun and whimsical like covering the tallest cone with kid’s foam sticker letters and spray painting it any color imaginable:


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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!


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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:


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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 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!!


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32 Responses to The Tree Cone Templates are Finally Ready!

  1. Mona S says:

    Yay!!! Off to purchase right now – I didn’t even think of using them at other times of the year!! Love the moss tree for Easter!

    • Cyndy says:

      Yay!! Thank you Mona!! Oh yes girl, you can use them all year!! Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Birthdays (make them look like a birthday hat)? Halloween (a witches hat!!). In the fall you can glue pine cones.. So many possibilities!! Thank you so much Mona! I would love to see pictures of your finished cones!!

  2. Patty says:

    Love the aqua/brown/gold trees. Are they paper or material? I’ve enjoyed making these since I discovered your post a couple weeks ago!

    • Cyndy says:

      Oh I am so glad that you have enjoyed making them! They are addicting to make! The aqua and brown ones are fabric. They feel like silk but they are poly. The fabric came from Hobby Lobby! Thanks again Patty for your note!!

  3. Tandra Boyer says:

    Hi!! I just bought the tutorial today and messed up the download somehow! It said I needed to convert to pdf or something , so i clicked it and I didnt really know what I was doing (dork!) and so I closed it thinking I would reopen and try again..but it wont let me download again.
    I emailed you too.
    Help please!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Hi Tandra!

      No problem, we will reactivate the download for you. I have forwarded your note on to my webmaster to get it reactivated (I’m technically challenged). Thanks so much for purchasing the templates and we will get you back in tree cone action shortly! You will receive an email when its ready.


  4. Tandra Boyer says:

    Thankyou so much! got it downloaded!

  5. Deanna says:

    This is an excellent pattern and easy to understand instructions. Quick, easy and fun!!!! Endless creative possibilities. Having a girlfriend tree decorating party mid-Dec. Great party favor.

    I’ll be making cones with hearts, shamrocks, easter eggs, red-white and blue, sea shells . . .

    Download was glitch free. Thanks Cyndy!! Great job and keep patterns coming.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Deanna!! I’am thrilled that you are pleased with template and tutorial!! I love all of your ideas for year round tree cones and especially love the idea of covering with colored Easter eggs! I never thought of that! I appreciate your kind words Deanna! Happy cone making and remember to send me your pictures for the tree cone gallery!

  6. Lynn says:

    I’m about to be “Tree Happy” and make a whole forest of these covered in all kinds of things! Thanks so much for sharing your GREAT idea!!!

  7. Cathy Finley says:

    I just purchased the patterns 10 minutes ago. When I went to download, I got the message that the link had expired. Help…I need this pattern ASAP!!

  8. Sherry Hart says:

    Those are so dang cute!!! I know I won’t make them cause I’m not a crafter…:)….but I wish you were my neighbor cause I would do something nice for you and you might make me a few!!! Love!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Sherry! This is so easy! Knowing you, I’m sure you have some amazing fabric remnants laying around! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  9. Carole says:

    Love the sheet moss cone! Thanks for sharing the templates. I never considered making my own (not sure why), but have stopped making things with styrofoam and/or papier mache because they’re too expensive to buy.

  10. Just posted our 3 Sister Craft Day Project (Your Tree Cones) and a link to your website here … on Pinterest!!!

    Thanks for the wonderful idea, pattern and instructions! We had tons of fun!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you ladies so much for sharing your awesome pictures! Wow!! You guys really outdid yourselves, they are so fabulous! The best part is you ladies had fun and you made my day!! This is the funnest project to make in a group!! Great job and thank you so much for your note!

  11. stephanie says:

    How brilliant! You better bet that Im returning the ones that I just spend $20+ last night!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Stephanie! Yes, once you make all 5 sizes on the template, you never have to buy a craft cone again or a pre-made one! You can do whatever you want, year after year! Have fun making them Stephanie!

  12. Anna says:

    These look so great! Thank you for getting them together. I have a question – what diameter is the base of the biggest one? I have a couple of urn shaped bases that would make great topiary stands, if the bases would fit over the edge at the top. Inspired by your topiary cones! Thanks for any info.

  13. Susan King says:

    Turn upside down, add ribbon to hang it with and put silk flowers in them. Really cute, I use scrapbook paper for the cone.

  14. Kari says:

    Hi There!
    I absolutely love your pattern! I purchased it but I lost it in a computer crash… is it possible to get it sent to me again? I don’t remember which email I used… either or

  15. I purchased your templates several months ago. I thought I saved the file when I got a new computer, but now I can’t find it. Is there anyway you can send a new set? I would be forever grateful. Thank you so much.

    • Cyndy says:

      Absolutely Dianne! I have forwarded your note and email address to my webmaster and he can go back and re-activate your link. He’ll be in touch shortly via your email on your message here. Thank you so much!! Cheers!

  16. Donna Lewis says:

    I am on an IPad, and also technically challenged. Is there any other way to get your patterns for templates ? Help, I was off to the craft store tomorrow(Sunday), but of course would rather get your templates if possible. Just cannot figure out how to do it on an IPad.

  17. Donna Lewis says:

    Jan 3 left you a message, never received a reply. So am trying again. I really, really, really want to purchase your templates but, I am on a IPad and not connected to a copier. Is there any other way for me to purchase your templates. Will pay for the shipping. Harges if it’s possible to receive them that way. Mahalo

  18. Laurie Morrow says:

    Love these Christmas tree cones…. Can’t believe I didn’t see them sooner.

  19. Angela says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for the cone templates and taking all the hard work out of doing these for me. I wanted to post a picture of the one I did but it wouldn’t let me. Again thanks for sharing…

  20. Lynn Ellis says:

    Could you show a picture of the candlesticks you use without the tree on them?

  21. Janice Ross says:

    Hi Cyndy

    Absolutely love these cone trees and want to make them with my family on our October holiday. How do I go about paying from UK?



  22. Dominique says:

    The trees are lovely, and I purchased your template to make the cones, but after I printed the templates I read that I needed to select “none” for the print settings. So I went back and did that and printed the template again, but the second one that I chose “none” for the print setting doesn’t look right. It’s about 1/3 smaller scale than the one I did with “Print to Fit” Please, I purchased this template to make trees for my granddaughters baby shower next Sunday, and I’m at a loss as to how to proceed. I don’t want to make templates that will not work and then have to spend more money to do them correctly. Please advise me as soon as you are able.

    Dominique Scalia

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks for your note Dominique. Each printer is different and it sounds like if the “none” selection was about 1/3 smaller, your selection of print to fit/default was probably the right size. Let me know if you have any more questions and you can always email me at Thanks!

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