I love making decorative cone trees! And I love the effect you get using decorative fillers found at Michaels. I recently found a different type of decorative filler. One that is basically small pieces of broken mirrors. I was looking for the iced crystal type - you know, the kind that you use to get the iced branches look. The store I was in didn't have that, but they did have what looked like crushed mirrors. The checkout lady asked me what I plan on doing with it and all I could say was I plan on using it in a craft project. She said they looked dangerous. Well, yeah. They are broken pieces of glass. You have to be careful in using it. I was at a Christmas store in Myrtle Beach back in October and saw the neatest cone trees. The store didn't allow pictures, but I snapped some anyway. Sneaky me!
crushed crystals. And, I believe, the one in the picture was nearly thirty dollars.
I fell in love with the look and knew I would try to make something similar. I gathered crushed mirrors, purple metallic paint, purple glitter, white glitter, mod podge and paper mache cone trees.
Working over an old sheet pan, I painted mod podge on the lower half and sprinkled purple glitter and let dry. After the glitter dried I scooped up the excess glitter and put it back in the bottle.
After mixing the filler with mod podge in a little cup (a small amount at a time), I had to add it to the cone (laying on its' side) one area at a time in order for it to adhere without falling off. (area should dry in a few hours) I added more mixture after each area dried until the entire top portion was covered. *note - if you have any mixture left after placing on cone to dry, put in a ziploc bag to prevent drying out until needed.
For added sparkle, I sprinkled white glitter on the mod podge mix before it dried.I love the way the trees turned out!
I placed them on top of glass candle holders.
They really blend in beautifully with all of my holiday decor . . . .
A Winter Wonderland!
Take a little time to enjoy!