Instead of just winding single yarn strings around the cone, i went one step further and made one really long crochet chain (below) out of fuzzy white yarn to wrap around which I think will give it a thicker, more plush vibe.
Will post pics when done! I'm excited to work on these this week! ( p.s. the last thing the townhome needs is more Christmas decor.. I don't think I even have a spare flat surface...)