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I think I found my most favorite DIY craft ever for the Christmas season! I've been seeing these little yarn Christmas trees in store just about everywhere, but the price wasn't budget friendly (and I knew they couldn't be too hard to make . . . ) so I decided to try out a little DIY.
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And goodness, I am SO GLAD I DID.
(These VERY similar ones on Amazon are $12 a piece. I made 3 larger ones for around $12!)
This might just be one of the simplest crafts I've ever tried, and are way easier to make than you'd think (in fact, I made two sets because I saw a few at a local store in a different color, and I just loved them in blue so I couldn't resist!)
I started off at DollarTree (my favorite DIY supplies store!) and was semi shocked to see they actually had the styrofoam cones. (Success!)
Conveniently next to the cones was a little bag of birch tree wood pieces that I thought would work perfectly for the base. I already had some yarn on hand (it took some will NOT to get more yarn from Dollar Tree as they had some pretty cute options there!), and the skewers were already in my kitchen (but the Dollar Tree carries those too).
Last but not least the stars were left over from this 4th of July Wreath. I love reusing things we already have on hand!
It cost about $5 to make each of these compared to $22 at the store ~ I absolutely love how well they turned out and they're the perfect craft to make no matter your level of crafting ability (I just love that!)
Supplies Needed for DIY Christmas Trees:
- Styrofoam cones (I got mine at DollarTree but watch for supplies at Hobby Lobby & Michaels too – Hobby Lobby has huge ones which I used for the ones I made below!)
- Favorite yarn
- Hot glue gun
- Small piece of wood for the base (Dollar Tree has a bag of them)
- Wooden skewers
- Wood stars (optional)
Directions for DIY Christmas Trees:
- Wrap your yarn long ways around your styrofoam cone at least 2 times and put a dab of hot glue at the top side to hold yarn.
- To start twirling yarn around your cone, start with a spot of hot glue right on the rim and put yarn over that spot and hold to secure.
- Once it's dry it will allow you to start wrapping your yarn easier around.
- Every so often add a spot of hot glue just in case you drop it and it comes unravelled (Learn from my oopsies!!)
- When you get towards the bottom of the cone (with about 3 lines left) Glue each line.
- For your last line add glue all the way around and wrap it twice around to secure it.
- Take your skewer and scissors and cut off, on the pointed end, about 3 inches.
- Put a dollop of glue on the backside of the star and put the flat end of the skewer laid down in this. **You want to make sure the pointed end of the skewer is the only end showing from the skewer (This will be pushed into the top of the tree)**
- Stick the pointed end of the skewer into the top of your styrofoam tree.
- Take the long skewer and puncture the bottom of your styrofoam. Be careful so you don't push it out the side 🙂 **(This is to prepare for when you connect it to the base)
- Take your wood base and add a decent amount of hot glue to the top. Take the skewer and place in the middle standing straight up ~ do your best to keep it straight. **You'll have to hold this until the glue is dry.**
- Once your skewer is securely attached to the wood base, stick the skewer in your prepared hole.
- step back and admire your handy work!
Aren't they just precious!! (Believe it or not the base for the pink tree is a stout can of Mushrooms from my pantry!)
Are you making any special crafts this year for Christmas? I'd love to hear what you're up to! Here are a few other ideas to get you thinking . . .