Easy Christmas yarn trees with button ornaments

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I’ve said it before: this is not a craft blog. But once in a while I come across something that I am so happy with, I have to share with you guys.

I love to make things. Unfortunately all the cooking, cleaning, writing, and “mothering” I have to do leaves me little time to do so. But thanks to the crack-like Pinterest, I’m up to my eyeballs in adorable things I just HAVE to make.

This year I really wanted to beef up our Christmas decorations and increase the cozy holiday feeling in our home, and these projects are an easy way to create instant holiday cheer.

Yarn spun trees with button ornaments

These adorable trees are the merging of two things I saw on Pinterest: This…

pinterest yarn spun trees
Click for source. I have followed this image all over the internet and can't find the original post. Luckily they're easy enough to figure out.

…and this…

button tree christmas decoration
How gorgeous is this? But holy moly that's a lot of buttons and glue gunning! Again, clicking through on Pinterest did not take me to the original source, unfortunately.Click for source.

So since I wanted something a little more than the yarn trees, but the button trees were a little involved for me, I decided to combine the two and make yarn trees with button “ornaments!” And the best part was that I had everything on hand but the styrofoam cones, thanks to last year’s craft projects that I never completed. Yay for laziness!

Here’s what you need:

  • styrofoam cones, varied sizes {I found a 12 inch and an 8 inch in the floral section, and 6 inch ones in the craft section of Hobby Lobby}
  • yarn {I used Christmas homespun in green and white, but any yarn will do. I think multicolored yarn might look especially cool!}
  • buttons in varied colors and sizes
  • glue gun & glue

The most tedious part of the project is glueing the first round of yard around the bottom of the cone.

yarn tree christmas craft decoration

After you’ve glued a line of yarn around the bottom of the cone, just start winding! You can wind super methodically, one row at a time, or you can do more random, like I did, to create variation and interest. Since my cone was green and my yarn was white, I had to keep looking at my tree from all angles to make sure I was getting good coverage. But wind away!

yarn tree christmas craft decoration

Secure the yarn at the top with more hot glue.

Now it’s time to glue on your “ornaments.” I used buttons of variable sizes and red & greens. You could also use sequins, little pom poms, circles punched from scrapbook paper…the possibilities are endless. I happened to have the buttons on hand, and they made perfect ornaments.

yarn tree christmas craft decoration
Yeah...I leave my cabinet doors open for your viewing pleasure.

Glue them on randomly or in a distinct pattern…whatever you feel like. Then before you know it, you have beautiful hand made Christmas decorations to give your home that cozy holiday feel. They make perfect centerpieces or accessories to your mantle or side table.

yarn tree christmas craft decoration


Happy crafting!

Have you decked your halls yet?

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    1. I agree. And whenever I see cute decorations, I say “I could make that myself–why should I buy it?” But the problem is I usually don’t get around to making them.

    1. It’s fun, right? I’m glad I found a use for the yarn since last year’s project still hasn’t gotten done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Thank you so much for posting this!! I thought these were so adorable and looked easy, so I am now so excited to get started on this!! I may be going out to Hooby Lobby or Joann’s during Chey’s naptime today!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!!

    1. Thanks, Christina! Yes, I agree, even the craft challenged like yourself could pull this off. xo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Awesome Leigh Ann!!! They look great! And your photography and instructions are impressive. You know, you really could do a craft blog if you wanted as well…. just sayin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Why thank you! Craft blogs are so fun, but I’d really have to up the ante on my crafting! But I do love making things.

  3. Super cute… great job. With the styrofoam base I could use all of the “onesy” earrings I seem to accumulate, (the ones that I only have one left because I can’t find the other one).

    1. That’s a great idea! My grandmother has a wooden board covered in felt in the shape of a Christmas tree, and the “ornaments” are all of the pieces of jewelry she’s collected throughout the years. We were looking at it together once and it was amazing — every piece had a story.

    1. Oh thanks. I do love to make stuff, but I just don’t always have the time or the desire to put in the effort!

  4. I don’t think the button one is glued at all. I think those are straight pins with pearl heads holding the buttons on. See how the pearly heads are only above one hole? I think they’re pinned through one hole into the styrofoam tree. Maybe there’s some gluing, but if you have that many buttons and pins, you probably wouldn’t need to glue anything.

    They’re all very cute either way!

    1. Now that you say that, I think you’re right! That’s way less intimidating. I just took them for little pearl-like beads glued on. Good eye!

  5. I totally LOVE this!!! I just did a yarn wreath last week. I love the idea of doing a trees… especially with the buttons! So cute! And this looks easy enough for my kids to be able to do it. I think I just figured out the table centerpiece for this year!!! YAY!

    Thanks so much for linking up for #SundayFunday!!!

    1. Great! They were so fun to make and exactly the fun, quirky, but warm style that I love to have in my home.

  6. I love Christmas trees, just can’t get enough of them so thank you for sharing these great little yarn trees! I’ve seen the picture of the button tree and I love it too. So awesome!

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