Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Glitter Foam Christmas Tree Ornament


 Eva Foam sheets is one of my favorite craft mediums. I love using it because you can twist, pull and even heat it to form amazing craft items. Just take a look at a couple of  Christmas decorations I made several years ago here and here. And I love making flowers of eva foam, too! 

There are lots and lots of diy glitter foam ornaments on Pinterest. I love using glitter foam sheets, as seen here and here. It's such a versatile and easy material to work with, that's why I chose it to make a darling eva foam tree ornament similar to one I first saw on Pinterest for this month's Christmas Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Julie @Sum of Their StoriesThe purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all of us to create a project that a) is inspired by a pin on one of our Pinterest boards and b) have some sort of a sustainable element to it. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc.



Did you know that eva foam is used in a range of everyday products, "from the soles of your athletic shoes to your flip-flops." It can also be found in certain adhesives, packaging, medical equipment, and plastics. And a "diverse range of industries uses EVA-based materials in their products, including: athletics, automobile manufacturers, construction, electronics, footwear, healthcare, leisure and recreation." It's basically everywhere.

Eva foam is recyclable but it takes special equipment to recycle it. Recycling of EVA foam is not only environmentally friendly, but also help businesses to control and reduce production costs. Which is a good thing! 

So let's get started with this fun and easy to make glitter foam Christmas tree ornament! 

Materials:
  • Glitter eva foam sheets
  • Compass or circle punches
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bowdabra bow wire/twine (hanger)
  • Embellishments

How To:
To begin, I actually had circle punches to punch out two of each size starting at one inch, and increasing in half inch increments - 1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5 inches. And if you don't have circle punches, you can use a compass to draw two of each size and cut out. If you don't have a compass, look online for free circle templates in those sizes or just improvise using graduated round containers. 

Once the circles are cut out, fold each one in half.

Then take the two smallest circles and place a dab of hot glue in the upper right corner of one of the circles and .  .  .

place the left hand side of the second circle on top of the dab of glue to secure, making sure the circles are evenly placed. Fold a 9" strip of bow wire or twine in half, placing the ends in the center of the circles. Place a dab of hot glue on top and .  .  .            
close the left side of the circle. Then place a dab of glue along the top right side of the circle .  .  .
and close to form a cone shape.

Repeat gluing the circles together to form a cone shape for each of the three remaining sets of circles.  






Once all the circle cone shapes are formed .  .  .

begin adding glue to the top of the next smaller size cone .  .  .
and insert into the smallest cone shape (with hanger).

Glue the other cones on the top tip, one inside of the other, in ascending order of size to make the Glitter Foam Christmas Tree Ornament.

And finally, glue on embellishments like tiny rhinestone stars to decorate the glitter foam tree ornament.
Wouldn't it look pretty with a tree filled with these!
The fun thing about making this glitter foam Christmas tree, the size can vary just by using different size circles - from a small ornament to a decorative centerpiece! Imagine how cool that would be! 

Now, it's time to meet the other Sustainable Pinterest Challenge participants and their awesome Christmas projects:

Julie | Sum of their Stories - How to Make Festive Gift Tags from Old Business Cards 
Gail | Purple Hues and Me -  Glitter Foam Christmas Tree Ornament
Julie | Treasures Made From Yarn - Knitted Gift Bag
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet - Easy Upcycled Crochet Christmas
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife - Christmas Card Holder
Mel | Decor Craft Design - DIY Christmas Can Holder
Christine | Christine’s Crafts - Easy Kids Crafts Christmas Tree Decoration
Vicky | Vicky Myers Creations - DIY Candy Christmas Decoration
Donna | Modern on Monticello - DIY Toilet Roll Gnomes
Allyson | Southern Sunflowers - Christmas Burlap and Denim Wreath
Ann | The Apple Street Cottage - Vintage Satin Ornament
Jo | A Rose Tinted World - 
How to Make a Toilet Roll DIY Advent Calendar

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10 comments:

  1. These look so good. No-one would ever guess that you had made them from circles!

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  2. Your tree is really pretty, I love seeing how it is assembled.
    I'm wondering if I could use the kind of thin foam sheet that comes as packaging sometimes, wrapped round electrical items or sometimes flatpack furniture. It's usually white but maybe I could paint it? Or at least glitter it after making a tree. Next time we get some I'll have to give it a go.

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  3. This is such a pretty ornament, Gail. Thanks for the information about eva foam - I did not know about it!

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  4. How adorable! They would be perfect to fill a tree with in kids' rooms or a classroom. Such a great idea. Pinned!

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  5. Your Christmas ornament is so cute and from your tutorial it looks easy and quick to make! Your Eva foam wreath and cone tree also look wonderful.

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  6. I had no idea you can heat eva foam! The tree looks great and looks so easy to make too.

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  7. Your sparkly green tree ornament is so cute! And your tutorial makes it look so quick and easy to make.

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  8. Such an easy DIY and it looks amazing when finished. Pinned and I need to find some of that glitter foam now!

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  9. What a clever idea using circles to construct a tree. Love this!

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  10. Using glitters foam sheet on Christmas is a amazing idea but making a green tree of these glitters foam sheet is so awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us. I really appreciate that. Now it's time to avail vacuum storage bags for more information.

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