Saturday, November 27, 2021

DIY Christmas Appliques Cone Tree

Did you know that I am on the Bowdabra Design Team, and  create lots of bows using the Bowdabra, a bow making tool. So it's a given that I have lots and lots of ribbon. 

A couple of years ago I was sent  lovely four inch wide velvet  adorned with red and green stones set in a applique design from Katherine's Collection of luxury designer ribbon. I don't know if it's still available but I made a gorgeous  bow using the Bowdabra bow tool for a Christmas in July post. And the following December, I put it on my stair bannister. It's a beautiful bow, but the design colors just don't go with my decor, so I tucked it away. Until now.

I hope you won't be upset with what I did with the ribbon, but I cut it apart to make a Christmas Appliques Cone Tree for this month's Do It Over Designers Blog Hop! 'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!

Before the craft store ACMoore went out of business, I picked up several plastic cone trees for fifty cents apiece. They were in the doll section and was suppose to be a doll's body but I haven't a clue how. I love making all sorts of cone trees like herehere, here, hereherehere, here, here, and here, to name a few! Whew, I should have made a collage, lol!

Anyway, red and green stone appliques would look lovely on a clear plastic cone tree! And it's so easy to do, too!


  • Appliques
  • Clear plastic cone tree
  • Scissors
  • Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue
  • Clamps 

 Just cut out the appliques from the velvet and .  .  .

glue them on the plastic cone tree in a pretty design using fabric glue! Use clamps to hold in place while the glue dries. It only takes a minute or two for the glue to take hold.

How easy is this!

What a pretty Christmas design!

To light it up, add a remote control multi-color base light for colorful displays!

I love how the cone tree turned out and will probably donate it when we decorate our community clubhouse! PS: I still have ribbon left over for additional projects!

Be sure to check out all the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Southern Sunflowers 

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

Interior Frugalista

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable


  1. That is crazy good, Gail!! What a beautiful piece you created. I used to be a part of the Bowdabra team and have a lot of good ribbon leftover, too. Now you have me thinking!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. This is so pretty and clever. I am working on a cone project today (great minds think alike)

  3. You created a beautiful tree with your ribbon, Gail. I absolutely love it and now I have to keep an eye out for clear cone trees!

  4. I'm not upset that you cut this apart at all; your vision is stunning Gail! I have to wonder how that cone could possibly be turning into a doll too, but it's so much better with what you did :)

  5. Psssst, I think they look so much better on your pretty cone tree. Now they take center stage and shine! Very clever idea too.

  6. Tus lazos siempre han sido preciosos así que no me extraña que estés formando parte del equipo de diseño.
    Este árbol es artesana y belleza.

  7. Gail, the use of ribbon is a wonderful idea. And, I like that you were able to get two craft projects from it. The finished cone tree, lighted from underneath is like a little beacon - so pretty!

  8. What a great re use it looks stunning. I love the night time photos it look awesome.

  9. How pretty! So clever to cut the ribbon! Although I do love the bow on your newel post,gorgeous ribbon!

  10. What a beauty! Wonderful idea and vision to take the appliques to embellish your cone tree. Looks great lit, also.

  11. This tree is stunning! I would have been intimidated by the details of the ribbon but you not only made some beautiful bows but the idea of cutting up the ribbon for something different and unique is so very creative. Love it! Pinned.

  12. WOW, it looks amazing, Gail and in my humble opinion a brilliant way to use that appliqued ribbon. As a ribbon it was almost to over the top, but on the clear cone that gorgeous applique really pops.

  13. Oh my goodness, I love this Gail. Cutting up a ribbon that you are not suing to make it into something you will use is just good sense IMO :-) This will be a feature at Handmade Monday later today, congrats!

  14. So beautiful Gail. I love how elegant it looks. This is a lovely method of decorating that plain cone. I am happy to feature your lovely Christmas Appliques tree at Love Your Creativity.

  15. Wow, this project is really beautiful. The ribbon was so gorgeous to begin with and then to use it in another way that is truly wonderful. I love it..Happy Holidays..xxoJudy


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