|my finished tree|
My version #1: Instead of using brads or straight pins to adhere the first layer of paper on the foam cone, I just used some masking tape (since it was about the same color as the book pages I was using).
My version #2: I DID use straight pins to attach the rolled strips. However, I didn't want to have to place the strips so tightly together to cover the pins. Instead, I used straight pins with ball tips, dipped the ball ends in white glue then glitter, and allowed the glue/glitter to dry.
I kinda think that the glitter balls look like sparkly old mercury glass ornaments.
Especially on the few where the color peeks out a bit.
My version #3: I didn't cover the top the same way she did. Since I let my straight pins show, I just needed to cover the circle of foam that was still exposed. Masking tape came in handy once again to just cover that area.
With my star glittered and sunk into the top, you'd never notice that there's tape below it. Of course, that's all you can see now isn't it? Hmmmm.
As far as how I made the star. . .
It was a paper mache ornament on clearance at Michael's. I clipped of the gold hanging thread that was attached to it and used an awl to punch a hole in one of the angles. Then, it was just a matter of decoupaging bits of sheet music to it. I used E6000 to glue a small wood skewer into the hole and then some more white glue and some glitter (probably more than I should have) to give it some sparkle. Easy peasy!
I think it's just the bit of vintage whimsy my foyer needed.