It's about that time to get in the mood and start Decking The Halls. I find that if I have things to scatter around the house that I only get to look at once a year for a limited amount of time, it helps me get into the Holiday Spirit. Last year I made a few yarn trees while sitting in bed and watching season one of Downton Abbey; that should help you imagine the effort level of this quick diy. It turned out to be a fast, fun, and inexpensive project (which goes down as a win-win-win in my book). All in all I was pretty happy with the final result of my three little Suessian looking trees and looked forward to them making an appearance this Holiday season. Oh, and that's my Diva Sugaree looking all sweet and Angelic-like in the background; don't let her fool you.
Here's the treacherously difficult How To:
1. Go to your local craft store and purchase a few styrofoam tree forms. As you can see I bought 3 different size trees. (As a total non-sequitur side note, I just realized I got to type the word 'form' and actually meant to. Big deal right? Every time I try to type 'from' I inevitably mistype and write 'form'. It annoys me to no end, and I can never seem to fix it. So I am going to take a quick moment to revel in actually typing 'form' on purpose).
2. Pick up some yarn while you're at the craft store, unless you are a yarn addict and have containers filled that need to be used. Choose a Christmas-y palette that will match or compliment the rest of your room or decor.
3. Now there are a few ways to proceed from here. You can you brush on regular glue to your tree and begin to wrap your yarn around. Or you can dollop on some hot glue to start, begin wrapping, and then stop every few lines to dollop on a little more hot glue. Or go the route I did and use complimentary colored straight pins to hold your yarn in place every few lines. I like the way the pin heads look like tiny ornaments on the tree.
4. You can really get creative with your designs depending on the yarn you chose and how often you want to switch colors. I bet an ombre tree would be pretty fun to do.
Make a Hot Toddy, throw on your favorite flick, and start wrapping some trees. Happy Holidays!
Image: alysha findley