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