Yarn Wrapped Trees..


I found this fabulous pattern on one Pearl Button (one of my most favorite blogs)

Such a wonderful projects using items you probably have at home …great for kids!

To make yarn-wrapped trees, you'll need:
- a lightweight cardboard box (I used a cereal box)
- yarn in colors that make you happy
- scissors
- a hot glue gun
- clear-drying craft glue of some sort (I used Fabri-Tac; I like it because it isn't runny and it dries perfectly clear)
Step 1: cut your box along all of the folds, so that you end up with two large flat pieces of cardboard and several smaller pieces. Keep the large pieces; stick the smaller ones back into your recycling bin.
Step 2: imagine one corner of your box as a triangle. You want to make the triangle by cutting the corner off the box, *but* with a rounded edge. Use this template from Nestlefamily.com as a guide for the shape that you want. Don't worry about being perfect here - it's not even a little bit necessary!
Step 3: Roll the flat edges of your "triangle" together to make a cone. Secure them together with hot glue.
Step 4. Using craft glue, draw a ring of glue around the very bottom of your cone. Press a single strand of yarn onto the glue. Begin wrapping up the cone, gluing down each ring of yarn. Don't worry about placing each ring perfectly next to the one under it - you can fill in holes later. Work your way up to the top of the cone. Place a dab of glue and a small loop of yarn right on the top to hide the cardboard.
Step 5: Begin winding back down, filling in any holes. Now you can be more sparing with the glue - you only need to glue down a few spots. If you still have holes when you reach the bottom, wind the yarn back up again.
Step 6: Once you have all of your holes filled in, take one more trip around the cone with your yarn, this time leaving a few inches between each round to give the tree some depth. Try not to leave perfectly even spaces between your rounds - a little bit of sloppiness will give your trees character!
That's all there is to it! I'm using my trees as a centerpiece: I arranged them on a platter, scattered white buttons around them, and finished the whole thing off with small pom-poms made from scrap yarn. How will you decorate with yours?