Madigan made… simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees.
They say once you have kids, your life will change. Whoever “they” are… “they” weren’t kidding!
I’m surprised how many aspects of our lives need a little rethinking. Even though our baby is just now attempting to learn to roll over, my approach to holiday decorating and crafting has shifted with her around. As I make things for the season… especially things that may sit less than three feet off the ground … I’m attempting to consider what would happen if that item got in the hands of a curious toddler next year. Kid friendly décor is at the top of my priorities as I craft.
I wanted to make something to decorate the bench in our foyer for Christmas. I figured that simple, fabric wrapped foam trees would be fairly sturdy around a toddler old next season. Plus, these trees were super simple and fast to make! Let me show you.
Easy Fabric Covered Foam Trees
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Foam cone shapes in three sizes (like these here )
Fabric of your choice
Foam cutting tools or a strong plastic knife
Cut out your fabric in a triangular shape that will fully cover your cone, with several inches extra allowance. Using a cutting tool/knife, score a deep line down the length of the cone. Tuck one edge of your fabric into the crevice. Wrap your fabric around the cone and tuck the other side of the fabric into the scored line. (You may need to trim the fabric down to fit as needed.)
Fold the top of the fabric over and tuck into the scored line, too. Apply glue down the seam to hold the fabric in place.
Cut/score a circle around the bottom of the cone. Apply glue around the outside of this circle and then tuck the loose edges of the fabric into the cut line to secure the fabric in place. Allow the glue to dry and display.
I love the red, white and black plaid fabrics that I used for these trees. They look great on top of our red bench and down the road will hopefully withstand the abuse of a 16 month old!