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How To Make Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees

December 16, 2013

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Looking for a super simple craft to use up your old yarn? Check out these simple yarn wrapped Christmas trees. They're a timeless holiday craft.

Elegant and festive, yet easy enough for the whole family to do.

Christmas Yarn Trees behind a Santa figurine

I just love crafting at Christmastime.

To me, it's just another fun way to celebrate the season.

Tonight, I made these sweet little yarn trees.

They were super simple (my signature style) and super inexpensive.

In a matter of about thirty minutes, I had a miniature forest full of Christmas spirit and a festive little vignette in my kitchen.

Merry Christmas to me!

Yarn Trees Christmas Crafts on a table

DIY Yarn Christmas Trees


This is a quick and easy one. There's not much to it and the details are up to you. I say personalize them, have some fun and enjoy.

How To Make Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree

I started by gathering my supplies.

I picked up three styrofoam cones at Dollar Tree and two packages of buttons.

I already had the yarn and glue sticks on hand.

For a neat look, you can use baker's twine or colored string.

If you don't have foam cones, ones made from sturdy paper or oak tag will work equally, as well.

Supplies For Yarn Trees including yarn, foam cones and buttons

Next, I put a dab of glue on the bottom of the cone and started wrapping it with yarn.

A hand holding a foam cone and wrapping white yarn around it

I added a few drops of glue along the way and one at the top of the cone to anchor the yarn in place. 

When I was done with the base color, I added a teeny bit of the contrasting colored yarn for interest and texture.

I topped each tree with a mini ornament and a few randomly placed buttons.

On one of the trees I added a bit of shiny, red, curing ribbon.

Every tree needs a little bit of sparkle, right?

Christmas yarn trees with Santa figure standing in front of them

I tried to stay away from the red for this project, I really did.

I wanted to be more of a purist and keep my trees green and white, but I have no willpower when it comes to decorating drama.

My whole house is decorated with red, so it's no surprise that I caved and added the red buttons and ribbon.

I love the pop and I guess that's what really matters.

Santa standing in front of a forest of yarn trees

I think Santa approves, too.

I still have a few craft projects left to accomplish on my seasonal to do list, knitting, making tags and wrapping paper, a puzzle piece project.

They're treasures I'm looking forward to making as creating is one of the things that makes my season so merry and bright.

Author: Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

How To Make Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees

prep time: perform time: 30 Mtotal time: 30 M
Wrap some yarn around a Dollar Tree styrofoam cone and make yourself a few Christmas trees for the holidays. It's a quick and easy craft the whole family can enjoy.

materials:

  • Yarn 
  • Styrofoam cones
  • Buttons
  • Ribbons

tools:

  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Dab a drop of hot glue on the bottom of the cone and carefully press one end of the yarn to it
  2. Wrap the cone with the yarn, moving up and down, from the bottom of the cone to the top and back down again, repeatedly, until the cone is completely covered
  3. Add additional drops of glue if needed to anchor the yard to the cone
  4. Wrap ribbon or contrasting yarn in the same manner if you wish for more interest
  5. Add buttons with hot glue as ornaments if desired

NOTES:

You can choose any color yarn you like depending on your decor. 
Red, white and green for traditional trees, white and brown for rustic styled one and pastel colors for a fun twist.

You can use any kind of yarn, like chunky or thick yarn or fringed yarn or sparkled yarn. They'll each add a different flair.
Created using Craft Card Maker

How about you ~ are you a Christmas crafter?

Merry Christmas, Friends!
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  1. I love this look, Kim. The trees turned out really cute!! Another great idea.

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    1. Thanks Sally, they were so easy! :) Merry Christmas!

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    2. Great Idea and so cute. I am a quilter and use the thread on large cones. These cones are usually plastic and they would also work great to make these trees. Thanks for sharing.

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    3. Thanks so much! Those cones would work perfectly and what a great way to recycle them!! Hmm. Now you have my wheels turning!!

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  2. Kim,

    You are SO very creative and full of ideas! These Christmas Yarn Trees are trimmed to a 'T' and are as cute as button!;-D

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in 2014!

    xo
    Poppy

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    1. To you and yours as well, Poppy! Thank you for all of your lovely comments. I always look forward to reading your emails! Merry Christmas! :)

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  3. Oh, I love these, Kim. They are so charming. Adding the touches of red was the right thing to do. Super simple? My kind of project. I'm pinning this for next year. Thanks!

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    1. Yay, Nancy, thanks! I do love the red and can't picture them without it! :) And yes, super simple!

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  4. Your little trees are so cute. I am going over my Dollar Store to see if they have any cones. You have given me some ideas for other things I could wrap around the cones.

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    1. Oh I am so excited that I inspired you! I would love to see what you make with the cones! You always have such great ideas! Thanks for taking a peek at my trees and taking the time to comment! Happy Holidays! :)

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  5. Hi Kim, I love your yarn trees so much and they look so cute with Santa! Have a wonderful holiday.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie! I love that Santa ~ no idea where I got him!

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  6. Those are just darling, Kim. For some reason you dropped off my reading list- I think it is that awful Google plus. Kim- You DO know that you are a No Reply blogger when you leave a comment, right? it happens with google plus but there is a fix for it if you want it- xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana! :) Yes, Google+ makes me no reply even when I fix it, it reverts back on its own! :( Boo!

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  7. Oh my -- these are about the cutest things ever! I'm pinning!

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I love getting pinned! :) Happy Holidays!

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  8. You always have the most prettiest ideas, Kim! they look so festive and and an easy, inexpensive project as well! Love it! I'm pinning it! Thanks for the inspiration! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. I am sending you wonderful wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well, Poppy! I love your heartfelt comments, you always make my day! :)

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  9. Wow, these are too cute! I would have never thought to make these yarn trees. I love new crafty ideas!

    Tenns @ New Mama Diaries

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    1. Thanks! I had never made them before...so easy and super inexpensive! Thanks for popping by! :)

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  10. These are so cute, and I love the little fat Santa! xo

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    1. I love him, too~ definitely one of the favorites in my collection! :)

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    2. I use the empty triangular containers that yarn comes on, so no cost for the foundation.

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    3. That's a genius idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Now I'll be on the lookout for some.

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  11. These are adorable! I have lots of leftover yarn that would be great for something like this. What a good idea. I too have been doing lots of crochet and knitting for gifts. I have one more crochet scarf to finish tonight to give as a gift tomorrow.

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  12. It's amazing how something so simple can turn out so wonderful. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Very cute! I love the buttons!

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    1. Thanks Jeni! Yes, those buttons really make them festive!

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  14. I really like those! When I see these cute crafts right before Christmas, I often think it would be great to sit and make them on a hot summer day. :)

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    1. Haha, Stacey! I agree completely! Now that I have a pinboard full of craft ideas, maybe I should be gluing and pasting by the pool! At least that's when I should start if I want to get them all done in time! :) Merry Christmas my friend!

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  15. Kim, these are so cute! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Wow Kathryn, I am completely flattered! You have just made my very rainy, cold Sunday afternoon!

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  16. Hi, glad I found your site! Was trying all day yesterday to find how to do string trees....I tried, didn't like the method with starch and cling wrap! So this method should be easier and not as messy. I thank you for the tutorial and yes, adding the red was a "sparkle" to the tree!

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    1. Hi Joan! I am so glad that you found this post helpful! I am a big believer in quick and easy crafts and am always looking for a better mousetrap, if you will! ;) I hope you have success with this method and you let me know how it goes! You can even post a pic on my FB page! Happy (early) Holidays!

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  17. I use to crochet but not much anymore. So I have lots of yarn. This would be a fun way to use some of it up, and these are super cute!

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