Winter without Christmas- A Décor Dilemma

Winter without Christmas- A Décor Dilemma

Creating a winter-ish mantlescape (or really any sort of winter decor) is no easy feat. Too much greenery, or shimmer, or even pops of certain colors (say, red) and it just looks like leftover Christmas décor that you forgot to pack up before shoving everything in the attic. The winter landscape can be beautiful in its barrenness- but incorporating it as décor, well…let’s just say it is challenging.

I had wanted to try the fabric-covered-cone thing that I’ve seen on Pinterest, but not as a Christmas craft. I decided to re-create that winter landscape on my mantle, with just a few materials for the trees. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

For my base cones, I had lucked out at a local antique shop and purchased some vintage serger thread spools (short, paperboard cones), and found a new, papier-mâché angel kit that included a large cone.

Vintage serger thread cones and new paperboard cardboard craft cones to be repurposed as winter trees by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Collection o’ Cones

I thrifted four cast-off shirts in winter landscape colors and with varying textures (linen, ribbed sweaters, etc.). Two of them also had fantastic mother-of-pearl buttons that I’ll snip off and save for another project.

Thrift store shirts and sweaters to be repurposed as winter trees with vintage serger thread cones by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

‘Twas a bright, cold winter’s day…

I used one of the vintage thread spools first and laid it down on the linen shirt and rolled it to get an idea of how much fabric I’d need.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cone tree creation begins.

Then I cut a rough shape (rhombus?) to begin gluing to the cone.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfection is NOT required for this project.

Using fabric glue, I attached the seams/edges to the cone.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Glue on the fingers, but that’s ok.

Then I tucked and glued the fabric to the cone’s underside. As you can see, the thread spools have a narrow opening at the top, and I did the same thing up there- but tucked with no need for glue. I used a pen cap to help shove it in quasi-neatly.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Shove, tuck, glue- repeat.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cone tree completion!

And without further ado, my first fabric tree! Complete with wrinkles because I didn’t iron my fabric swatch first- whoops!

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Don’t focus on the wrinkles, please.

And with a little more ado, the rest of them! A winter decor collection of fabric-wrapped trees.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A fabric forest. Some textile trees. Clothing cones? Ok, I’ll stop.

For the actual mantlescape, I also included some old jars and bottles filled with dried beans and naked twigs to fill in gaps, add height, and reinforce the calming winter theme.

DIY winter decor using repurposed vintage serger thread cones and thrift store shirts and sweaters for fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Best enjoyed with a fire cracking below.

I would LOVE to see how you celebrate winter in your décor. If you are looking for more winter decorating inspiration, check out this round-up of ideas.

Craft on!

S

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