A punch-needle knock off: DIY Chunky Yarn Trees

I love a crafty shortcut, especially when the end result is as stunning as this trio of prim, DIY Chunky Yarn Trees. They may look like punch-needle embroidery, but Kathleen George shares her shortcut technique that will have you making this beautiful trio of trees in an evening. If you’re like me, you don’t have the days and weeks to DIY the real thing, but you’ll love these Chunky Yarn Trees! I’m already thinking of how else I might use Kathleen’s shortcut technique . . .

Love this short cut technique to make these pretty trees in an evening! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Chunky Yarn Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
  • Fabric to coordinate, ¼ yd.
  • Chunky yarn in green
  • Grosgrain ribbon in green, 1” wide
  • Wooden discs, 3” – 4” dia.
  • Tree branches, ½” dia and 1-1/2” – 3-1/2” long
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; craft pins; wood skewer

To make Chunky Yarn Trees:

1. Cut out the trees:

  • Cut out the patterns and pin to the foam sheet.
  • Trace around each pattern with the sharp pencil, scoring the foam as you go.
  • Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap.
  • Cut out each tree with the serrated knife.
  • Smooth any rough edges by sanding with a scrap piece of foam.
  • Make a small, ½” dia hole in the center bottom of each tree (this is where the trunk will go).

2. Place patterns on wrong side of fabric, and cut out. Glue to back of foam trees.

3. Wrap the ribbon around the edges of the trees:

  • Pin and glue one end of the ribbon to the bottom of the tree, next to the hole.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the tree, securing with glue.
  • If needed, add a few pins to help hold the ribbon in place while the glue dried.
  • When you reach the bottom, trim the ribbon to expose the hole.
Chunky yarn is the key to these Chunky Yarn Trees. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll wrap the edges in ribbon; cover the back with fabric; and tuck yarn loops nto the front.

4. Cover the tree with chunky yarn:

  • Squeeze a dot of thick, white craft glue onto the front of a foam tree.
  • Using the skewer, poke one end of the yarn through the glue and into the foam.
  • Slightly twist the yarn to make a ½” loop, add another dab of glue, and poke the yarn ¼” deep into the foam through the glue.
  • Repeat, adding a dab of glue, twisting the yarn to make a ½” loop, and poking the yarn through the glue and into the foam.
  • If a loop comes loose, secure with a pin.
  • Occasionally, stop and cut the yarn so that the yarn can relax and untangle.
  • Continue the process till the front of the tree is covered in yarn loops.

5. Add tree trunks:

  • Trim sticks even at both ends.
  • Glue each stick to the center of a wood disc. Let glue dry.
  • Squeeze a dab of glue into the holes at the bottom of each tree.
  • Twist each stick into the holes in the trees.
  • Before glue dries, be sure the trees are straight.
Primitive, Chunky Yarn Trees. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen’s shortcut technique makes these trees an easy DIY, and gives dimension to a traditional embroidery technique.

Have you done punch-needle embroidery? What did you make?

Pretty! Easy DIY with paper, beads, buttons and a Styrofoam cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To help jump-start your Christmas crafting, be sure to check out the Crafts ‘n Cocoa giveaway I announced earlier this week. You might like these Button & Beads Tabletop Trees, too. 

Happy crafting!


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18 Responses to A punch-needle knock off: DIY Chunky Yarn Trees

  1. Debbie Kaste says:

    Cute trees. What a really clever idea!

  2. CraftyB says:

    Love the trees!! Great pop of green for the holidays. Makes me think of a warm holiday sweater while I sit by the fire, Great idea!!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    It is amazing to come up with a totally new craft idea! Love these results. Adding some red pearl pins would look like Christmas ornaments or lights. These would also be cute as animals. I am thinking lambs, dogs, and more. Happy weekend!

    • Sharon says:

      Oh, decorating these trees would be fun! You could add beads and buttons, too. And I love your idea for a fuzzy little lamb — how could would that be? Thank you! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Those are both great decor. Love them trees.
    Just finished another treat holder for my shows. Almost time for fun crafts. 😀

    • Sharon says:

      I just love holiday craft shows, and I hope yours are a sell-out, Lisa! And I hope you get to indulge yourself and work through that loooong list very soon! Happy crafting. Sharon

  5. talesfromwalnutstreet says:

    How adorable! What a great craft! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, thank you, so glad you like these cozy trees. Kathleen George is the talented mastermind behind these, and I’m so glad she shared them with us. Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. OMG! I love these chunky yarn trees! They sound like lots of fun to make and I love that it can’t be altered to using different shapes for different holidays or events! Stars done in red white and blue for 4th of July, Circles to represent balloons for a birthday party and apples for fall! YAY! Another awesome and versatile craft idea! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Oooh, very fun ideas! I can see the sparks flying! You certainly can take this technique and use it on almost any shape. How bout Easter eggs? A slice of watermelon? Now my wheels are turning . . . Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us, Barb.

  7. Anne Haun says:

    Cute idea – I have never tried punch embroidery.

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