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Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY

I just added another yarn wrapped tree to my growing forest of Christmas decorations and thought I’d share this easy project with you. I like the modern take on a tree the cone form gives and the cozy warmth and subtle texture the yarn creates.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decorations - Project Nursery

Supplies needed: styrofoam forms (found in the floral aisle at craft stores), craft glue, yarn, pins with the ball on the end and embellishments like sequins (optional)

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

Start with a good amount of glue at the center of the top so you can get a neat spiral. You can use a pin to hold down the start of the yarn if you run out of fingers.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

The top edge is another area you’ll really want to glue down well to get a neat edge. Be careful about getting glue on your fingers as you work or it’ll be harder to work with the yarn.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

After you’ve gotten a good start, you don’t need much glue. I just added vertical stripes of glue a little at a time as I moved down the form. The styrofoam’s rough texture naturally grabs the yarn as you go.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

Carefully wrap the yarn around the entire form making sure the yarn rows stay tight. Now’s when you turn on your favorite TV show as you work. It doesn’t take long, but it’s nice to have a distraction so it doesn’t feel too tedious.

Work all the way to the bottom and add a ring of glue to help you get a nice finished edge. Then just fold the ends of the yarn onto the bottom and glue down. I shared the picture below of how to finish a tree that used two different strands of yarn.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

Add any embellishments that you want. I used sequins. You can use a straight pin with a ball on the end to help hold them down if you need to, but a good glue should hold them almost instantly.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

I liked the way the pearl ended pins looked with the sequins on this yarn wrapped tree, so I ended up leaving them in! Just make sure you keep the tree far from little hands if you choose to do this.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

In general, I’m a less is more kind of girl, but at Christmas, I make an exception! Below I kept the striped tree bare.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

You can also add the sequins sparingly for a little bit of sparkle but not as flashy as the example above.

Yarn Wrapped Trees DIY Christmas Decoration - Project Nursery

I think they look sweet nestled amongst some woodland friends and faux snow on the mantle. If you use less obvious holiday colors like I did, you could leave this winter mantle display up all season long!

Yarn Wrapped Trees in Winter Mantlescape - Project Nursery

About the author
Beth, Project Nursery’s Editor, lives in Upstate New York with her husband and their two boys—an inquisitive four-year-old and a busy two-year-old. Beth is a work-from-home mom who loves writing, crafting and all things kid design.
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