Like you, I have 24 bazillion things to get done before this crazy season comes to a close. And because of that fact, I love low brow crafts. Not alot of tedious planning and execution time is needed.
I am sure someone out there in the universe has already done this craft (but probably not quite like this). I have seen folks gather crepe paper on the sewing machine.......too much labor for me and put it around carefully cut out heavy paper or card stock and then begin to make a tree. But I'm a lazy quick crafter and used what I already had on hand....at Linda's everything that has ever been on sale at Michael's, Hobby Lobby or JoAnne's craft crap stash. I found these cones after spring, the cupcake liners are always on sale after the holidays and are fun to use, and doilies are readily available. I have buttons and pom poms and I'm sure you do as well. The only tools you need is scissors and a hot glue gun or extra tacky quick set glue.
Begin by either constructing a cone or if you luck out like me (cheat) use what you have on hand. The cones I used are about 8" tall. I used large cupcake liners on the white trees, but regular liners on the blue, red, pink leopard and Mary Englebreit from Michael's green one.
I cut the bottom out of the cupcake liners and begin hot gluing them to the cone. The first round should extend over the bottom edge of the cones so you can't see the cone itself. When you run out of one liner just overlap the next liner about three frills so that it looks seamless. Do the same to end of the round. With the lacey tree, I just ran a row of the doily slightly higher than the first round of the cupcake liner. The next row should hand over the first round by about a 1/4", obscuring the cone from sight. Contine with the rounds until you reach the top of the cone. I simply took my scissors and poked a hole in the pom pom that I used on the top and secured it with hot glue. Use buttons, embellishments, candy, pom poms, whatever you choose to decorate the tree. I even used some wire as garland on the red polka dot tree.
We are using the green ME trees as boxes for the earrings that Ry is giving his teachers for the Holiday. Small gifts would fit into these nicely as will the time certificates that we give to each other. Time certificates are when you give someone your time, doing an activity that is suited to that person. We do that instead of presents for each other because it is the most personal thing we can give.....ourselves for a specific activity. Like Ry and I will go to the aquarium, GK and I will go to the fabric expo in January for tatting lessons, Joe and I have an adventure planned to AZ in the spring and Shel and I are going on a spa weekend to Ojo Caliente. And I have made trees for each of them to tuck the time certificate into.
This is a low brow craft that might come in handy.....hope so. Enjoy.