I love candlesticks. Different. Vintage, Christmas, romantic, lanterns and chandeliers, with candles and without them. Well, who said that candlesticks should not be used as a decorative stands or even shelves for flowers, fruit, cones..... There are all kinds of candle holders. So this time I mounted cones on them instead of Christmas candles.
Now they adorn a chest and create a festive atmosphere, later they will decorate the table.
And now the tutorial.
To make a cone, you need
- foam blank in the shape of an egg (mine was about 10 cm in height - rather big)
- cloth, hold on, girls, approximately, half a meter. Yes, right, that much. I used American cotton of two colours from a very popular collection Stonehenge White Christmas by Northcott
- pins (around 120-130 pcs)
- scissors or cutting knife, ruler
Perhaps, that's all. It took me two hours to make one cone, but I was wandered off it by taking photos.
Initially one needs to cut the fabric into squares. I got 32 squares of 9 x 9 cm and 12 squares of 10 x 10 cm.
Take the first 9 x 9 cm square, find the middle (to do it, fold it in half, then in half again, and the cross edgeis the middle), take the square by its middle to meet the top of the blank and fix its two opposite corners with pins, gently pulling the fabric.
Smooth out the two remaining corners and gently crease one side of the fabric to tighten it, fix.
Next, take the second square of the same size and fold as shown in the photo.
Folds can be ironed. I like it when a cone has a soft form, so I pressed the creases with nails, and that was enough for the fabric to keep the shape. Take the squama to meet it with the center of the blank and fix the position with pins at two points, as shown in the photo.
Do the same from the opposite side.
Next, fasten two more squamas opposite each other. In total, four squamas - this is the first row. All four top corner should meet in the center. It's ok that the corners stick out in different directions. When you assemble the cone, they are tucked in and hidden under the next row. Just don't forget to pin them to set straight.
Right below, start collecting the second row, slightly shifting the squamas and evenly superimposing one on other. In the second row, you have six squamas.
Row 3 has also six squamas.
For row 4, take 12 bigger squares of 10 x 10 cm. The widest part of the workpiece starts here, so the little squares will not do. Lay out rows 4 and 5 with larger squamas of 6 pieces. Take smaller squamas for row 6.
When reaching the bottom of the cone, reduce the number of squamas in rows; and the corners that you have not previously fixed should be slightly bent, otherwise it would be difficult to hide them.
Continue making the rows until the blank is completely hidden
Everyone wants to be elegant and eye-catching at Christmas night — so, the cone has dressed flashily, too))
I never expected it. But that's ok, I fixed it - one shouldn't be so indiscreet. I pinned all naughty petals to the cone between the folds (seen in the photo).
I had to fix practically every squama in the cone. This excessive fluffiness was provided by the fabric - a little different from ordinary cotton. Well, our gorgeous cone was combed and almost ready for the fest. The last thing to do is to decorate the bottom and put it onto the pedestal.
You can fixx a thread to to hang it on the Christmas tree or come up with something different. PS: If your workpiece is different in size from mine, then calculate the size of the squares yourself. Take a paper square, fold it the way we folded the fabric and apply to the blank. Four of them should completely cover the top of the blank, without spaces. If there are some - cut a bigger square. Good luck! Have wonderful holidays!
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