I was inspired to create these DIY Yarn Christmas trees because I love the look of these neutral bottle brushed trees from Hobby Lobby. I don’t have a store that close to me and it always seems like when I am near the Hobby Lobby closest to my house, or have some kid free time, it ends up being a Sunday. I was feeling a little impatient to decorate for Christmas so I decided to make my own!
I couldn’t quite make an exact replica of the bottle brushed trees, but I could make something similar and that’s how I created these DIY Yarn Christmas trees! I thought I would share my tutorial on how to make Yarn Christmas Trees so that you can make them and add them to your Christmas decor!
DIY Yarn Tree Supplies
- Foam tree forms – in various sizes
- Chunky Yarn – in Winter White
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Wood Dowels
- Wood Round Circles – 4×4 inches and 5×5 inches
- Wood Stain – I used Dark Walnut
- Drill and Drill Bit
- Saw for cutting Wood Dowels
Of course if you don’t have a power drill or Saw or you just want to make these the quick and simple way you can opt to not add the dowels and wood round bases. The yarn trees look super cute either way!
How to make Yarn Christmas Trees
The first thing you will want to do is to use your drill and drill a hole in the center of the wood rounds that will be used for the base of the tree. Pick a drill bit that is the same exact width of the dowel that will be used as the trunk of the yarn Christmas tree. Natural Wood Slices would also make a really cute base for the Yarn Trees as well and add a cute rustic Christmas look!
I bought my dowels from Home Depot in the decorative trim isle because I found them to be cheaper there. I bought three different sizes for each different size of my trees, 1/2 inch, 3/8 inch and 7/16 inch. The largest tree form I used a 1/2 inch dowel, for the medium tree I used 3/8 inch and for the smallest foam tree I used the 7/16 inch.
I cut the dowels with my miter saw in varying length between 8 – 10 inches long. You can cut them shorter or longer depending on how tall you want your trees. Keep in mind when cutting that the dowel will sit about a half inch inside the base and will need to be a few inches inside the tree for stability.
After the hole is drilled, stain the wood rounds and the dowels. By doing this first it will give the stain time to dry and you won’t have to sit and wait for it, like I did!
Another tip that I learned was if you are using green cones for the base of your DIY Christmas trees you will want to cover them in some fabric first otherwise your tree will have a slight green look to them. It doesn’t have to look perfect, just glue the fabric around the tree form so that it will stay.
I picked out some chunky white yarn for my trees because I love the cozy look it brings to the space! The name of my yarn is winter white and I think it is so fitting for these cute Christmas trees.
To start making your yarn Christmas Trees put a dab of glue on the top of your foam Christmas tree form and place the yarn on the glue. Continue putting glue on the tree in a spiral motion around the top and pushing the yarn down onto the glue.
I found that by holding the cone upside down when you are gluing on the yarn helps the yarn to go on nice and tight against the next layer and prevents gaps. This also helps to keep your fingers away from the hot glue and messing up any lines of yarn that you have already applied.
You do not need to apply a continuous line of glue around your yarn Christmas tree to make the yarn stick. Adding a small line every few inches will be enough to secure the yarn onto the foam tree form. I figured that out after finishing my second tree when I was starting to run out of hot glue sticks! So learn from my mistake!
When you get to the bottom of your tree continue working the yarn around in a spiral pattern. Putting together this yarn tree goes pretty quickly!
To make the hole for the dowel I used the pointed end of a pen and pushed it up about half an inch. This is just to get the hole started.
Once your tree is fully covered in yarn take your dowel and apply some glue to the tip of it and then push it up into your yarn tree form. Let it sit for a second so the glue can dry. Then take some glue and put it into the hole of the base and stick the other end of the dowel into it. Again let it sit for a minute to dry and then you are done with your DIY Yarn tree!
When I bought the wood circle rounds for the base of my trees they only had one small one so I improvised and used a scrap piece of 2×2 for my smallest tree.
These Yarn Trees are a cute touch of Cozy Neutral White Christmas Decor! They can be added to any spot in your home that need a little Christmas.
I think that these trees would look so cute in other colors or even with a few ornaments added to them if you wanted to! The ideas are endless! Thanks for checking out my latest DIY Christmas Project! You can see more of my Christmas Decor and Projects here!