Monday, December 20, 2010

My Yarn Christmas Trees

OK. So I figured maybe I should hurry up and post this since MAYBE someone might want to make this BEFORE Christmas this year. I still have the supplies to make 3 MORE trees, but honestly I'm not sure if I will be able to finish this year. We're leaving for New Orleans on Wednesday and there is no room in my suitcase for Styrofoam trees. I know its no excuse, but I've been a little intimidated by the stockpile of posts I've had lining up- including recipes from Thanksgiving still! Hey, I'm sure some of you are still waiting for a post with England pictures, but I can't promise that will happen anytime soon....

Last year I made these cuties.

This year I added the adorable cupcake ornament for me and the London bus for G (each less than $5 from Marshalls).

I wanted to make some more! This year I was inspired to make a "Land of Sweets" tree by these sweet mini ornaments from Target.

I picked up all of the other supplies at Joanne's, but I have since found that Hobby Lobby is a lot cheaper. I'm not sure if they have all the same little "toppers" though...

Here's what you will need:
  • Different size Styrofoam trees, I recommend 3 (You can use the green floral trees, but they tend to crumble more and are harder to cover)
  • small pins with heads
  • 1-2 skeins fuzzy yarn (you can layer the colors if you want to go for a different look)
  • variety of little holly/berry bunches
  • variety of "toppers" that you can insert into the top of the tree
  • anything else you want to decorate with

Starting at the bottom of your tree, use several pins to secure the yarn around the base.

Continue wrapping around, keeping the lines as close together as possible, securing where needed. I just pinned at the bottom and the top though.

I had a hard time seeing where the Styrofoam was peeking through since I was using white yarn this time, but do your best!

Carefully wrap around the top and secure with as many pins as needed to cover the top before wrapping the yarn back down again to the bottom- making sure to cover any Styrofoam patches you missed before.

Secure at the bottom with several pins and cut the yarn. You're almost done!

Cut the" berries" you want to use off of the little bunches. I got these bunches for like $0.50 each and each one has more than enough ornaments" for one tree.

Carefully poke in where desired.

I was able to use them to secure my ornaments too! :)

Place your topper in the top and TADA!

Now you're ready to impress! :)

If you make these, please send me some photos/let me know how they turned out! :)



  1. I whipped one of these up for my co-workers with leftover yarn from my yarn wreath. I don't have a craft store within 70 miles so I couldn't use the Styrofoam trees (which looks WAY easier!) - I cut a pizza box and rolled it into a conical shape, trimmed the bottom, and starting my yarn with hot glue at the bottom. But they didn't stick as well as yours to the "tree" because the cardboard is so smooth. And I have an awesome hot glue burn to prove it.

  2. Sara- So sorry about your burn! Love your creativity with the pizza box though, did it end up turning out OK? I think you can order the "trees" online from Amazon for next year! haha



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