December 1, 2009

Yarn Christmas trees tutorial

I love these Christmas trees! They are so soft and peaceful to the eyes. And very fast to make! I just may make a whole forest of these and set them on top of my hutch. Or at least give them away to friends =)

Here is my mom's version...

So cute!

Below is the tutorial on how to make these yarn Christmas trees.

Materials:
All of the materials should be available at your local craft store. I purchased mine from Joan fabrics.
  • 1 skein of a thick yarn. I used a Red Heart brand.
  • 1 skein of a fuzzy yarn.
  • 3 foam cones (usually found in the floral section) or however many trees you want to make.
  • Pins
  • Accessories of your choice for decorating the trees. I used fake red berries, bird, nest, and stars made of stem floral wire (directions for making the stars are below as well).
  • Christmas music (preferably something along the lines of Last Christmas by Wham).

Directions
  1. Beginning at the base of the cone, pin both yarns together to the base. Continue to wrap the strands around the base, pinning every 2" or so.

  2. Once you have wrapped the yarns around the base, continue to wrap the yarns around the cone working your way up to the top. There is no need to continue to pin the yarn. Just the base needs to be pinned for now.

  3. Once you have reached the top, pin the yarns around the top of the cone. Work your way around the top of the cone in a circular direction until the top is covered with yarn. Pin where needed at the top. Be sure to cover all of the cone (the pic doesn't show this).

  4. Now begin to wrap the yarn back down the cone.
  5. At the bottom of the cone, cut the strands and secure in place with a pin (pic doesn't show yarn cut...DANG!).

  6. You can leave your tree as is or you can accessorize. To add red berries, simply cut off the berries from the berry cluster. Be sure to leave the wire stem attached to the berry.

  7. Poke the berry into the tree. If the berry is not going into the tree foam easily, simply weave the stem into the yarn. Continue to poke as many berries as needed in the tree.

For my mom's tree, she pinned the ornaments to the tree.

* Star Topper *

Materials
  • Floral stem wire
  • wire cutters
  • glitter
  • craft glue
  • 3" of a 16 or 20 gauge wire (not shown in material pic... oops)
Instructions
1. Bend the wire like so...



2. Cut off the end and wrap it around the beginning point.
3. Lightly spray the star with craft glue.
4. Lightly sprinkle some glitter on the star.
5. Wrap the star with the end of the 3" wire. Leave the other end straight.

6. Poke the end through the top of the tree.

The bird and nest are from Joann fabrics. I pinned the nest to the tree top and nestled the bird into it's home.


Here are the trees without the stars and with a different bird.

I love handmade Christmas decorations!
Please feel free to share on the Pretty Ditty Show and Tell flickr group. There's plenty of eggnog to go around.

Peace and joy,

Jamie

77 comments:

http://milouson.canalblog.com said...

thanks to share! it's great

Isa said...

great tutorial! thanks!!

lucky knitter said...

You have the most wonderul ideas! Thank you for sharing them!

Tarrah said...

So stinkin' cute!! Gonna make some tomorrow. Thanks!

Snappy Di said...

How sweet and easy peasy breezy!

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Shannon said...

Hi! I love this project. I've included a link to it on my blog post today. Thank you for the great idea!

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Those are super cute! Found via the post at FasterCraft!

p.s. I'm going to post them on the Dollar Store Crafts facebook account.

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Okay, I commented before, but now I am going to link to your project on Dollar Store Crafts tomorrow! :O)

jacqueline said...

Dear Jamie, these are gorgeous and sooo pretty! I really love the idea...and thank you so much for making this tutorial for us! Yipee! :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to yoU!

Delicatelily said...

Love this tutorial, I'm supper tempted to go out and get some cones and yarn to have some down time with my kids after a painful semester.

marsupialia said...

Great and easy! Thanks for sharing this. Greets from winterly Berlin,
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Michelle said...

ooooooooooh these are totally totally gorgeous. I've posted a link to them on my blog - hope that's ok - just had to share the loveliness :o)

Ginger said...

I have to also put it on my Christmas link's very pretty! Can see it on my bookcase(love it!)

Jillian Rueter said...

These are very cute and look simple enough. Now I know what I can do with my cheap synthetic mohair. Thank you for being so creative. Great project! I am going to get my kids to help me too.

monicc said...

Hi
I'm Monica ti Milan Italy
5 december I will post on my blog that talks about this tutorial.
Come and see me if you want.
Bye
Moni

Chirley Maria. said...

Muito bom!
Vou fazer também!

heddomarie said...

How cute! I want to make some for sure!

java diva said...

Love these! Beautiful colors and yarn chosen. TFS!
(came over from Pat Sloan's blog)

Kati said...

If there wasn't a blizzard outside I would be on my way to the craft store to get everything to make these! They look so fun, and I bet you could leave them up past christmas as a winter decoration.

heddomarie said...

I was so excited the snow cleared here today so I could go out and buy the stuff for these. I loved the blue and red together.. so mine is looking very similar only I found a red bird. Thanks Again!

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Soooo adorable!! Thank you! I'm going to have to make these now. :)

Ylime said...

really cute! I've featured this in a holiday decorations tutorial roundup on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. http://wp.me/pkcUM-pE

Thanks!
Emily

giovanna said...

molto belli e facili da fare grazie per il progetto

Katie said...

This looks so great! I just posted a link to it from my blog!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, these are so, so beautiful! Thanks tons for these, I'll be linking.

Tamara said...

And where have you been all my bloggy life...and a preference for Wham to boot...what a hoot!!!!

Great Tute, with kids coming on hoidays this week, I'm gonna give them a shot, Thank so much, x Tam

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

This is so creative and cute! Thank you for sharing how to make them :)

Audrey said...

Very Cool! Thank you so much for sharing! My son and I plan to do this during school break.

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Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Apologies for being so late to the party :>) but I just found this and think they're ADORABLE! What a great tutorial! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing!

Melinda said...
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Melinda said...

YEY!!! I love to do yarn stuff during the Christmas season thank you for the tips !

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Erin said...

I just cam across these trees and I am in love! I may just skip decorating for halloween and thanksgiving and go right to Christmas! Thanks!!

Amanda said...

I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on Craftown.com. We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

Amanda Formaro
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http://craftown.com

Pretty Ditty said...

You have my permission. Thanks!

...............cata.............. said...

Absolutely beautiful project!
I linked your blog on my facebook
regards from Tuscany
Cata

Charlotte said...

I love very much your tutorial! :) On Monday I'm going to go to shop and buy things which I need because your Christmas trees look absolutely gorgeous :) Thank you very much for this tutorial :)

Elsa said...

found your blog from Lemon Squeezy Home and love it! I'm going to be following you!
thanks for the tutorial!

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This is very cute idea..The Christmas tree is so beautiful. I love to make it for me but it is too late..:-(. I wish I will surely make it next year.

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This is brilliant idea. I just moved out in my new house and want to similar Christmas tree for my living room. The tutorial you shared is awesome. I don't think so I will get any kind of difficulties while making it.

Cindy fr. Silk Bouquets said...

Wow, what a cute Christmas trees! I love the idea of having a bird on it instead of the star, it looks gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial, this will definitely on my list for the next Christmas.

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How cute! I want to make some for sure! :)

Jovy@ girls jewellery said...

I love this project, the yarn Christmas tree with a bird at the top is so adorable. I'd love to have this coming Christmas holiday. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Wow, how cute is that Christmas tree :)it's really fantastic to see such creative craft made from simple materials can turn into something like a work of art. This gonna be on my list for this year's Christmas holidays.

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They are cute. Is this meant for a decoration like on for the table?

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Ali - My Suitcase Full of Tricks said...

These are absolutely adorable. Thank goodness for pinterest.

Jamie said...

lovely! I found these through the Holiday eBook from All Free Holiday Crafts, they included my Toilet Paper Roll Wreath as well :) I will definitely be trying your project for the holidays this year!

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Kara @ June & Bear said...

these are adorable. love the fuzzy yarn, the berries, and the star. just perfect.

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krasart said...

Great work! I love your trees! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I post it in my blog http://krasart.com/2011/12/20/diy-yarn-christmas-tree-tutorial-by-pretty-ditty/ and link it back to you. Thanks again!

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R holt said...

Going to make these for Xmas this year love them,also very easy to follow tutorial thanks.

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Amanda said...

Absolutely love these! I realise this is a rather old post but I just wanted to let you know I've included this tutorial in my round-up of Christmas crafts for kids - http://onecraftymum.com/7-easy-peasy-christmas-crafts-for-kids-to-do-with-a-little-help-from-you/

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annewalker said...

Awww that was sooo cute, I love that cute decorating idea for your christmas tree. Thanks for sharing.

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it is not a tree, it is a yarn haha. kidding :D

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