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DIY Color Block Glitter Christmas Trees

Easy DIY Color Block Glitter Christmas Trees are a fun, modern take on classic glitter tree decor! Just a few supplies are needed that you can find at your local craft store to make this festive Christmas DIY!
Three glitter styrofoam christmas trees in red, gold and green on a light blue table.

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These DIY color block glitter Christmas trees are such a fun DIY project you can make this holiday season! Made with simple supplies, anyone can make this easy Christmas craft to spruce up their home for the holidays. Color blocking gives this craft such a modern twist!

Three glitter styrofoam christmas trees in red, gold and green on a light blue table.

Why this project works

This is such an easy project, but it packs a lot of holiday punch with some simple supplies you probably already have in your house. I mean, what’s better than glitter for a festive craft?!

The color blocking just makes this project so modern and fun. If you haven’t tried color blocking before, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Use one color while blocking off a portion of your project and repeating with the other color to create two or more distinct colors on your object. It’s best to use contrasting colors for a really bold, modern look.

Supplies

Supplies for making glitter christmas tree cones.

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  • 3 craft styrofoam cones – you can use different sizes or all the same size
  • glitter (I used red, green and gold)
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • aluminum foil or painters tape – or anything that will block off half of the cone while you attach the glitter
  • 3 birch rounds – make sure the diameter is about an inch smaller than the diameter of your styrofoam cones
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks – for attaching the base to the cone

FAQs

How do you keep glitter from falling off the Christmas tree?

If you notice that the glitter is falling off the tree, you can protect the tree by spraying it with hairspray!

I don’t have Mod Podge. Can I use something else?

You can use Elmer’s glue with a foam brush or even spray adhesive.

Does my tree need a birch round?

You don’t have to use a birch round as the base of the tree. You could have your styrofoam trees sit on whatever surface you are displaying them on. I just think the birch round gives the tree a more finished look.

Expert Tips

  • Line your workspace with a drop cloth or newspapers so you don’t make a mess and for easy clean up. Remember, glitter is one of those things that you will find months later if you don’t take care to keep it all contained!
  • I found it helpful to have two separate stations. One was my gluing station and one was my glitter station so that I could reuse any glitter that fell off the tree. I used a drop cloth for the gluing station. For the glitter station, I lined a baking sheet with foil and placed a sheet of paper on the baking sheet for the glitter to catch it a bit easier so I could reuse the leftovers as much as I wanted.

Step-by-Step Process

collage showing the process of making diy glitter color block christmas tree cones.

These DIY color block Christmas trees are so easy to do with just a few simple steps. Use whatever color glitter you want and mix and match for some festive DIY Christmas decor!

  1. Line your workspace with a drop cloth or newspaper.
  2. Tape off or form foil over the part of the foam cone that you do not want to glitter first. I used foil which worked quite well and then trimmed off any excess with my x-acto knife for a straight edge.
  3. Brush mod podge on the portion of the cone that you want to glitter. Then pour the desired glitter color over the cone until completely covered. Set aside to dry completely. Repeat with remaining cones.
  4. Once each cone has dried, take off the tape or foil.
  5. Brush the remaining part of each cone with the mod podge and pour a different color glitter over the cone to contrast the other half of the cone. I did not really measure where I wanted my two colors to start/end. I just basically wanted then to be 1/3 one color, 2/3 another color. However, you can use a ruler if you would like.
  6. Set the cones aside to dry completely. Once the cones have dried, cover the birch rounds with hot glue and attach to the bottom immediately. You want to make sure you have at least half inch around the birch rounds to the edge of the Christmas tree to have enough contrast in size.
  7. Allow the hot glue to dry for a few minutes.

Cost

This is a fairly inexpensive Christmas craft. With a total of 3 christmas cone trees, I spent roughly $20 for this project. The largest expense comes from the styrofoam cones and the birch rounds.

I was able to find the cones in a 3 pack and the birch rounds I purchased in bulk to use in other projects. The glitter and glue were something I already had on hand, but I prorated the cost into the total. I used aluminum foil to block off my trees because I had that on hand.

Always try to use what you have on hand to keep the costs down on your projects and prevent waste. Get creative!

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Three glitter styrofoam christmas trees in red, gold and green on a light blue table.

DIY Color Block Glitter Christmas Trees

Easy DIY Color Block Glitter Christmas Trees are a fun, modern take on classic glitter tree decor! Just a few supplies are needed that you can find at your local craft store to make this festive Christmas DIY!
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Keyword: christmas, craft, DIY
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 3 trees
Cost: $20

Equipment

  • foam brush
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks

Ingredients

  • 3 craft styrofoam cones
  • red glitter
  • green glitter
  • gold glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • painters tape or aluminum foil
  • 3 birch rounds

Instructions

  • Line your workspace with a drop cloth or newspaper.
  • Tape off or form foil over the part of the styrofoam cone that you do not want to glitter first. I used foil which worked quite well and then trimmed off any excess with my x-acto knife for a straight edge.
  • Brush mod podge on the portion of the cone that you want to glitter. Then pour the desired glitter color over the cone until completely covered. Set aside to dry completely. Repeat with remaining cones. Once each cone has dried, take off the tape or foil.
  • Brush the remaining part of each cone with the mod podge and pour a different color glitter over the cone to contrast the other half of the cone. I did not really measure where I wanted my two colors to start/end. I just basically wanted then to be 1/3 one color, 2/3 another color. However, you can use a ruler if you would like.
  • Set the cones aside to dry completely. Once the cones have dried, cover the birch rounds with hot glue and attach to the bottom immediately. You want to make sure you have at least half inch around the birch rounds to the edge of the Christmas tree to have enough contrast in size.
  • Allow the hot glue to dry for a few minutes.

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