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How to Make DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

December 7, 2018 (Last Updated: November 10, 2020)

These whimsical DIY Christmas tree decorations are so easy to make, and look so soft and pretty on a Christmas mantle, under a Christmas tree or wintery window sill!

All you need is some yarn, paper-mâché cones, a few pompoms, a little glue and a little love for Christmas crafting.

A small Christmas tree made of yarn on a mantle decorated with dry roses and eucalyptus.

I’ve had so much crafty fun this season creating natural Christmas decorations!  Just flowers, citrus, eucalyptus and lots of homemade yuletide touches for my home (and plenty of floral garnishes for my snowy cocktails). 

I thought it would be nice to offset the colorful garlands and roses with simple, elegant, soft trees to place on my mantle. They just add a delicate touch to the dry textures of roses and eucalyptus.

Small Christmas trees made of yarn on a mantle decorated with dry roses, eucalyptus and a porcelain Mary statue.

A Few Tips!

1. Find a natural fiber yarn.

If you can find a natural wool, rather than a synthetic weaved yarn, it really makes a difference. It makes the trees look all the softer and lovelier.

2. Create a few different sizes.

They add more dimension to a mantle when the sizes vary. You can make such a sweet forrest of trees when they’re varied in size.

Small Christmas trees made of yarn on a mantle decorated with dry roses, eucalyptus and a Victorian clock.

A Few FAQ:

1. What kind of glue should I use?

Hot glue is best because it dries so quickly. You can use Elmer’s glue but it will be a bit messier and you’ll really have to hold the yarn to the cone until its fairly dry so you can continue to wrap the yarn without it sliding around.

2. What do I need to make them?

  • 5 paper-mâché cones
  • 1 spool of yarn
  • A hot glue gun and glue
  • A few tiny white pompoms (optional)

Small Christmas trees made of yarn on a mantle decorated with dry roses and eucalyptus.

How to Make DIY Christmas Tree Decorations – Step by Step

1. Heat up your hot glue gun and glue around the very bottom of the cone.

2. Immediately after you’ve made your ring of glue, trace your yarn around the bottom and press.

3. Begin to circle the yarn around the cone, placing a small dot of glue every few rings to hold the yarn in place.

4. I like to keep some trees simple, but for some of them, it’s sweet to glue a few “snow ball” pompoms to them.

4 numbered images showing how to make DIY yarn Christmas trees.

Floral Christmas decorations and trees made of yarn on a mantle.

Aren’t they cute? Enjoy you’re beautiful little Christmas trees!

And help yourself to more Christmas craft Inspiration:

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