Christmas is my favorite time of year for so many reasons but one big reason is the decorating. I like to keep certain decor items and ornaments year after year, but I always like to make a few new things each season as well (you can see from our archive of Christmas content that it’s really something we enjoy doing!). I saw some white yarn trees out in the sea of new Christmas decorations this year and I thought they would be really easy to make in different colors so you could match them to your own holiday color scheme.
–yarn in as many colors as you’d like
–cardboard or styrofoam cones (check your local craft store)
-wooden toy wheels in a large and small size
–dowel rod that will fit the hole of the wooden wheels
–small wooden stars
-white and gold paint
–gold glitter paper
-scrap piece of cardboard
–hot glue gun
Take your hot glue gun and glue the start of your yarn all the way around the bottom of your cone. Keep gluing the yarn around and around as close to the previous layer as you can until you have filled the cone to the top with yarn. I used a high-temp glue gun for this project since the glue is hotter and you have a longer time span before it cools too much to adhere anything, but a low-temp glue gun will work too. I would suggest that on the bottom wider half of the cone you lay down one line of glue at a time before placing your yarn on top, and then once it gets skinnier up top you can do more of a vertical zig-zag pattern with the glue so you can wrap several times around before the glue dries.
If using a hollow cone that doesn’t have a bottom, once your cone is full of yarn, trace the bottom of the cone onto a scrap piece of cardboard and cut out the circle. Glue the circle onto the bottom of your cone so you have a platform to attach your tree base to.
Cut your dowel rod into 2-3” sections (you’ll probably want a small saw or hacksaw to cut these) and slide a small wheel on one side and a larger wheel on the other side. You can glue these together if you like, but they usually fit pretty snugly even without glue.
Paint your small wooden stars gold. Trace the star shape onto the back of some gold glitter paper. Cut out the stars and glue them to the fronts of the wooden stars and attach the star to the top of the tree. Set out your trees and admire your work!
See, not too difficult at all for such a cute result! The yarn is such a pretty texture and you can use whatever colors you want so your trees will match your scheme perfectly and these are really cute below a Christmas wreath as well. You could also do color blocked versions and switch yarn colors 1/3 of the way up the tree or make stripes as well! If you aren’t the DIY type, you can also buy some already made and get to the decorating part sooner! Happy decorating! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.