Yarn Christmas Tree

Introduction: Yarn Christmas Tree

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This little joyful thing is so easy that nearly anyone can do it and it utilizes the most basic of crafting supplies. It makes a cute table centerpiece, adorable window decoration, or fun pop of color among Christmas presents. You can even give them away as gifts!

Supplies

Tape
Cardstock
Scissors
Yarn
Beads (or other trinkets for decorating)
Hot glue gun + extra glue sticks

Step 1: Create the Base

Form your cardstock into a cone shape. Tape in place and cut the bottom excess paper off so that it sits flat.

It doesn't have to be perfect, good enough is fine.

Step 2: Second Layer

When you get towards the top begin securing it with glue a little more often again. At the tip, glue it all the way around.

If you are satisfied with how your tree looks at this point without going back down then skip ahead to the next step. As you can see from my picture, I had some glaringly obvious blue gaps and hot glue, which I wasn't happy with. Wind back down the tree, filling in gaps, hiding glue, and fluffing out the tree. Be careful with how you glue now so you don't need to worry about seeing it later! Secure around the base similarly to before, gluing around so it stays nicely.

Cut the yarn, wrap the tip around the base cone, and secure inside with a dab of hot glue.

Step 3: Winding the Yarn

Begin the yarn winding process by securing the tip of the yarn inside the cone with a bit of hot glue and pressing it in. Around the outside on the base, glue down the yarn all the way around. This is to create a stable base.

Slowly wind your way around the cone, gluing as you wind. I like to do a small line of glue and then wind around, sinking the yarn into the same stripe of glue a few times as I go.

If you're using a regular yarn don't worry about gaps in between, since you'll be winding back down to fill it in. If you're using a textured or fuzzy yarn it can be a little harder to glue down, but it should look great without a second layer. Keep going!

When you get towards the top begin securing it with glue a little more often again. At the tip, glue it all the way around.

If you are satisfied with how your tree looks at this point without going back down then skip ahead to cutting and securing the yarn inside the cone. As you can see from my picture, I had some glaringly obvious blue gaps and hot glue, which I wasn't happy with. Wind back down the tree, filling in gaps, hiding glue, and fluffing out the tree. Be careful with how you glue now so you don't need to worry about seeing it later!

Step 4: Decorating the Tree

It's time to decorate your brand new Christmas tree! Whatever you have on hand as decoration is fair game. Beads, pom poms, bows, ribbons, buttons--whatever it is, have fun! I like to use broken jewelry pieces, too.

Hot glue decorative elements all over your tree to your heart's content. Don't forget to select a tree topper! We had these large star beads, so I glued 2 together for my tree topper. I've also used broken brooches and ribbon bows as toppers.

Step 5: Display Your Work

Decide where you want to display your new mini tree for maximum cheer!

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