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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Twinkle Ornament Tree

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 3, 2015 4:33:14 PM

Twinkle Ornament TreeThe Christmas tree is the focal point of any holiday decorating. It doesn’t matter if you have a 12-foot blue spruce, or an artificial table top tree; how you decorate it says a lot about your personality and style. I personally think you can never have too many trees, but that’s just me. But, if you need a small scale tree, or if you just want an extra one, this twinkle ornament tree is so easy, and the kids can help!

Since it’s a small tree, make it bright and colorful. I choose untypical holiday colors: turquoise, orange, lime-green, and fuchsia. Who says everything Christmas has to be traditional red and green?

The base is an eight-inch Styrofoam cone. Amazingly, I have found several of these at Goodwill. The secret is to buy things like this when you see them. I spotted this in June and saved it for December.

You’ll also need plastic ball ornaments. Choose two-to-three inch diameter ornaments. Smaller is okay too, but you will need more. This tree is covered in about 55 ornaments. Doesn’t seem like that many does it?

The only other supplies you need are craft glue and small pieces of faux evergreen.

Remove the hanger hook from the top of each ball. Holding the ornament “stem” perpendicular to the table, push it into the cone to make an indentation hole. Pull it out, cover the stem with glue and push it back into the same hole. Repeat until you’ve covered the entire tree. Easy!

There will always be gaps when you use round balls. Fill in the spaces with small stems of faux evergreen. You don’t want to see any of the Styrofoam when you’re finished.

Disclaimer: In order to cover the entire cone, I had to use a few smaller balls to make sure all the gaps are filled in.

I love the bright non-traditional colors, but it would be very pretty in red and white or gorgeous in silver and gold. Choose a color scheme that goes with your decorating theme.

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  • Twinkle Ornament Tree
    If you need a small scale tree, or if you just want an extra one, this twinkle ornament tree is so easy, and the kids can help!
  • Twinkle Ornament Tree

    The base is an eight-inch Styrofoam cone. Amazingly, I have found several of these at Goodwill. The secret is to buy things like this when you see them. I spotted this in June and saved it for December.

  • Twinkle Ornament Tree
    You’ll also need plastic ball ornaments. Choose two-to-three inch diameter ornaments. Smaller is okay too, but you will need more. This tree is covered in about 55 ornaments. Doesn’t seem like that many does it?
  • Twinkle Ornament Tree

    Remove the hanger hook from the top of each ball. Holding the ornament “stem” perpendicular to the table, push it into the cone to make an indentation hole. Pull it out, cover the stem with glue and push it back into the same hole. Repeat until you’ve covered the entire tree. Easy!

  • Twinkle Ornament Tree

    Remove the hanger hook from the top of each ball. Holding the ornament “stem” perpendicular to the table, push it into the cone to make an indentation hole. Pull it out, cover the stem with glue and push it back into the same hole. Repeat until you’ve covered the entire tree. Easy!

  • Twinkle Ornament Tree

    There will always be gaps when you use round balls. Fill in the spaces with small stems of faux evergreen. You don’t want to see any of the Styrofoam when you’re finished.

  • Twinkle Ornament Tree
    I love the bright non-traditional colors, but it would be very pretty in red and white or gorgeous in silver and gold. Choose a color scheme that goes with your decorating theme.