Wednesday

'vintage' cone...

This is a project that was SOOOOO easy- it was finished in less than an hour and that included 'drying' time!

I wanted to make something to hang on my front door. I had a styrofoam cone kicking around. And old books. Lots and lots of old books (anyone that knows me, knows I use book pages on just about every single thing I make).

Here's what you need:
styrofoam cone, cut in half
Mod Podge
foam brush
pages torn from an old book
clip art- I used my favorite bird and French advertisement (both from The Graphics Fairy)
ribbon
heart charm
adhesive
pipe cleaner
silk flowers (I used ivy and some tiny white flowers)
18-gauge florist wire
wire cutters or old pair of scissors
chandelier crystals (mine is actually a clearance Christmas ornament!)

Step 1: Using Mod Podge and a foam brush, cover front and back of the cone with old book pages. Don't worry about torn edges or discoloration- this is what gives it charm! The top of the cone will not show once you put your silk greenery in it, so it doesn't have to be beautiful. Mine surely wasn't. Let everything dry- it doesn't take long at all.

Step 2: Tie a ribbon around the entire cone, making sure to glue it onto the back, otherwise it will keep slipping off. Attach heart charm to the bow in front.

Step 3: Glue/decoupage clip art onto front. I used a second image of the bird, aligning their beaks and gluing this image just at their heads. It will create dimension by the top layer 'flying' away from the bottom layer. I thought so anyway.

Step 4: Make a hanging loop with the pipe cleaner. Squirt a little glue down into the hole where each pipe cleaner meets the styrofoam. Your cone will hang flat against the wall if you put your loop about an inch from the flat edge of the cone. The silk greenery will cover your loop so don't worry if all you could find was the glittery purple one left over from your last Halloween project!

Step 5: Poke a hole into the bottom of the cone and squirt a bit of glue into it before inserting the chandelier drop.

Step 6: Cut individual stems from the bunch of greenery and begin inserting them into the top of the cone. I bought mine at the Dollar Store and only used one bunch of ivy and one bunch of flowers.

Step 7: Now you're going to make the little wire 'holders' by wrapping the florist wire around something round (I used my glue bottle) a few times. I tried to make my loops as tight as possible so that whatever I insert into them won't fall out. You can make as many holders as you want to, depending on what you'd like to stick into them. Go ahead and poke them into the top of the cone.

Step 8: Put your love notes, children's drawings or reminders to pick up the dry cleaning into the wire loops. I had none of those things, so I used some vintage Easter images instead. I'm planning to change things out with the season so that I can leave the cone up (at least until I'm sick of looking at it!).

27 comments:

RosesMarijke said...

Wooowww...how beautiful and gorgous is this!!

Morgane said...

it looks great! the 3d bird is cool! and the directions are so easy to follow, thank you!
It seems very doable....I might have to copy you!

JeanFB said...

Wow, wow, and more wow! What a fabulous piece, and THANK YOU for the step-by-step directions! I will be making this - I love that it's so vintage, so beautiful, and so not a wreath (like everyone else has)! Just gorgeous!

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

I love it! That definitely fits into my time and budget :)

ClassyChassy said...

So adorable!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Gorgeous! I tried to make some cones around Xmas time and let's just say none of them made it.
=( I'm going to follow your tips!

Jeanine

Jacqueline said...

I LOVE this, especially the little bird on the front. Somehow I didn't notice this on your blog before. Keep up the stunning work!

EnchantedBella said...

That is a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing. So many different ways this can be done. I love it!

Rebecca

EnchantedBella said...

That is a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing. So many different ways this can be done. I love it!

Rebecca

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a lovely project. It looks so great. Thank you for sharing!

Kim @ Forget-Me-Never said...

So beautiful. I love it.

Dayhomemama said...

How perfect is that, I love the way you covered it with the paper, I think it's awesome!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Oh, you are just so clever!!! This is gorgeous!! I would never have thought to use Styrofoam for this, but it's the perfect base for this project! I want to make this!! Thanks so much for linking it up for "Brag Monday".

Jane said...

Love this! I have been wracking my brain trying to think of a wreath that would compliment my MIL's country French house. This is *perfect* and so easy! Love it!

Suzy said...

Really neat! Love what you've done.

Briarwood Miniatures said...

What a lovely project. I'm beginning to think I need to make something with old book pages. :)

Cia

PetraB said...

this is so amazing, thank you for sharing

AES said...

Very pretty! I really love how you made the bird three dimensional.

Diana Meade said...

Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for the great idea and splendid directions. Yours is lovely.

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

nancy Ward
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

Lorena Digital Designs said...

Thank you for the terrific tutorial. This is absolutely amazing and do-able.

Paper Squirrel said...

Oh I absolutely LOVE this! How beautiful...how simple...how great that you can change it with the seasons! The front of my armoire is begging for a vintage cone.
Thanks for sharing,
Vicki
http://papersquirrel.blogspot.com

Diana said...

Just back from Michael's Crafts and ready to start in on making one of these - thanks for the tutorial!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh how beautiful!!!! Happy Easter! I am your newest follower.
XO

Olga said...

Just found your blog. Love It! I'm going to have to make a couple of these. Thanks for the tutorial!

Barbara said...

Love your blog and your cute floral craft!
How clever, Barb

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love this! Came over from Pinterest. laurie

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