Colorful Holiday Trees

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

sizes: sweater cones, 12" tall; t-shirt cones, 12", 9" tall

  • Colorful Holiday Trees


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Cones: 12”, three; 9”
  • Repurposed sweaters, two
  • Repurposed t-shirts: green, three; red
  • Pom-pom trim
  • Paper flowers: pink, red
  • Pearl-head pins: pink, red
  • White buttons


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Low-temp glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, straight pins
  • Sweater Trees
  • 1. Cut sweaters along side seams so they lay flat.
  • 2. Place cone on sweater and test fit, wrapping sweater fabric around cone. Make sure cables and other design elements are positioned way you like. Temporarily pin sweater fabric in place. Cut away excess fabric. Un-pin fabric and remove from cone.
  • 3. Fold cut fabric in half with right sides together. Machine-sew along fabric edges using 3/8" seam, leaving bottom edge open. Turn right side out through bottom.
  • 4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for second cone.
  • 5. Pull sweater covers over cones, lining seam line up along back of cones.
  • 6. Stretch sweater fabric down and around to bottom of cone, securing using pins and glue gun.
  • 7. Embellish by adhering pom-pom trim around cones. Attach paper flowers to cones using pink pearl-head pins.
  • T-shirt Trees
  • 1. Cut or tear t-shirts into long strips, creating "yarn".
  • 2. Pin yarn to top of cone and randomly wrap around cone until cone is completely covered. Pin end to cone and pull wrapped strand over pin to cover it.
  • 3. Accent both cones with buttons secured by red pearl-head pins.
  • 4. Use red yarn to make bows on top of cones. Make continuous loops, pinning bottom of each loop to top of cone, creating full bow.
  • 5. Pin four red yarn lengths on large cone. Wrap red yarn around small cone like garland. Secure garland at top and bottom using pins.
  • Tip
  • 1. Put a spin on your "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party this year by having guests transform a holiday sweater into a tree to take home as a party gift.