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Easy DIY Yarn Christmas Trees: 12 Days of Christmas in July

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One of the easiest crafts to make for the holidays is yarn Christmas trees.  They are a fun, fast and frugal choice, perfect for any home.  In this article, I will guide you through my process of creating charming and unique yarn Christmas trees using styrofoam cones, yarn and seasonal embellishments.

This delightful DIY project is perfect for adding a personal touch to your holiday decor.  You can make a bunch at a time for yourself or give them away.  So, let’s get started!



Supplies for Yarn Christmas Trees

Something I really love about this particular craft is just how little you actually need.  If it is more your style, the embellishments aren’t even necessary.  The yarn Christmas trees I made would look just as lovely with no adornment.  The white yarn provides a simple, elegant touch to any decorating scheme.  

Here is the list of supplies that I have used:

  • Styrofoam cones – I’ve made three trees measuring approximately 9 inches, 12 inches and 15 inches in height.  The bottom diameter is about 4 inches.  Using varying sizes creates a lovely and diverse display.
  • Yarn – I’ve used Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and Jumbo Chenille-style yarn, both in white.  You can certainly choose different colours and textures to suit your home.
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Decorative embellishments – bells, sequins, mini ornaments, lights, etc.

A note about the embellishments:  This step is completely optional.  I have given some examples in my YouTube video, but you could simply wrap the cones and leave them as they are.


How to Make Yarn Christmas Trees – A Video Tutorial

You can watch my YouTube video here for ideas on making your own yarn Christmas trees.  There are so many ways to personalize this craft, so take inspiration, but make it your own!



How to Make Yarn Christmas Trees: Step-by-Step Instructions

You’ll want to start by preparing the styrofoam cones and securing the yarn.  If necessary, trim the base of the cones to ensure they stand upright and have a stable foundation.

Apply a small amount of glue to affix the end of the yarn to the top or the bottom of the styrofoam cone.  Hold the yarn in place for a few seconds until the glue dries or cools, securing it firmly.

Next, start wrapping the yarn around the cone.  In my video, I show you two ways of wrapping the yarn.  You can either wrap it in a spiral pattern, ensuring each loop lies snugly against the previous one.  Or you can wrap it in a more random non-pattern, ensuring that you cover the whole cone, but the loops criss-cross and move about the styrofoam.  Either way, continue wrapping until the entire cone is covered with yarn, leaving no gaps or exposed areas.



For a different look, you could alternate between different colours or textures of yarn for a more dynamic and eye-catching design.  Once you have wrapped the yarn all the way down to the base of the cone, trim the yarn and secure the end with glue.

For a really festive look, you can attach decorative embellishments such as beads, sequins, ribbon, lights or mini ornaments.  I’ve used plastic cranberries on one of my trees and absolutely love how it looks.


Repeat the above steps with different-sized styrofoam cones and various yarn colours to create a captivating collection of Christmas trees.


Displaying your Yarn Christmas Trees

These charming handmade trees make fantastic additions to your festive decor!  You could arrange a group of them as tabletop centrepieces or line your mantle with three or more.  I plan to use them in several places throughout our house, and I might even sneak a few into my husband’s office!  I’ll definitely be making a few of them for friends and family.



So, gather your supplies, unleash your imagination, and enjoy the process of creating your own unique yarn Christmas trees that will spread joy and holiday spirit throughout your home. 

For my other favourite yarn crafts, be sure to check out these posts:


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