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Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Christmas Pin Cushion Tree

diy christmas candy tree
Happy holidays. I felt like I couldn't let the season go by without at least one DIY Christmas craft tutorial. I spent the week making these gifts on behalf of designer Byron Lars for his favorite stylists, editor and designer colleagues.

I used fabric from is recent collections to make a functional tall pin cushion tree. I covered it with indulgent Godiva chocolate truffles for a treat.  You can make  your own version of this with the tutorial below:

You will need: 
Decorative Fabric
Colored Quilting Pins
Styrofoam Cones 6"X3"
Godiva Chocolatier Assorted Truffles
Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Decorative Hat Pins

make a pattern for cone

Start with making a pattern to cover the Styrofoam cone. Draw a line down one side next to the cone on paper. Add 1/4" allowance at the top and bottom of the cone and mark it on the pattern. Start rolling the cone and continue marking the top and bottom. Once you have rotated the cone all the way around once, mark the side of that edge with an additional 1/4" allowance. Trace the bottom and top of the cone and add 3/16" allowances around the outside of the circles.Cut out the pieces of the pattern from the fabric. Notch the circles.

Cover the bottom of the foam cones with the fabric circles using the glue gun (make sure to add the glue to the fabric side, the heat of the glue might melt the Styrofoam if applied to cone directly). Wrap the main piece of fabric around the cone and seal with glue gun.

Top the fabric covered tree with a decorative hat pin as the "star". Using the pearl topped pins, attach the chocolate truffles all over the tree in a pretty pattern.

That's all it is! This is a great DIY Christmas gift for the crafters, designers, stylists, chocolate lovers in your life. Tis the season!
photos by Mariana Leung

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