No, I didn’t take them from the road! We have a fantastic maintenance team at our College and when I asked them if I could borrow some spare cones for a couple of weeks, they brought some over. (securing for themselves a block of chocolate). I ripped an old Chris Ryan book to pieces because the yellowing pages coloured beautifully around the edges. Even withdrawn books have their value.
On the photos they look a bit bare but in reality they were very stylish. I made 8 of them to be placed in the middle of the round tables used for a Christmas party of 40 people. Guests could place their glasses and finger food around the base of the tree. The Pohutukawa flower on top gave it a real NZ feel. I could have put some on the base but I didn’t want to get caught pruning the Pohutukawa (with old scissors in hand) so I had to be quick…….
What you need:
- A couple of roadside cones – legally obtained!
- Old withdrawn book with yellowing pages
- Green from conifers and flowers from Pohutukawa
Of course you can decorate it in all kinds of ways. This is just a basic example. Christmas balls, fairy lights, more green or flowers, tinsel. An angel on top or a bird. You name it. Let your imagination grow wild and have fun.
What to do:
- Cut or tear the pages from the book(s) Wrinkle the bottom pages a bit to shape them so they fit around the cone
- Attach them to the cone with tape
- Rip a tear in the layer that covers the lowest part of the vertical side of the cone. That makes it easier to shape it so it follows the circular form
- Now you can start folding the pages around the cone, taping it to the underlaying pages. This makes it easier to remove the paper when Christmas is over
- When you have reached the top you need to make sure the pages are at least 5 cm or more higher than the top of the cone, so you can put a ball, flower or angel in the paper cone without it falling out. I didn’t secure it but if you have a heavier object you might need to
- Put green branches or Christmas decoration around the bottom. I secured the conifer twigs with tape but hid the tape under the overlapping page