A Pinterest Christmas: DIY Yarn Trees

Welcome back to week three of A Pinterest Christmas!
If you’re new here, myself and several other friends and friends-of-friends across the country are making fun,
Pinterest inspired (Pinspired) holiday decorations, treats, and keepsakes.

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Here is the (p)inspiration:

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The supplies:
Styrofoam cones
Yarn
Pom poms (in various sizes)
Scissors
Pins
Hot glue gun & glue

Start the yarn at the bottom of your tree and have your pins handy.
Once you start wrapping around the bottom, pin the yarn every 2-3 inches to keep it in place.
I do not have a picture of this… fail.
After you’ve wrapped a few times, you can put the pins to the side,
because the yarn should stay in place.
Wrap the yarn around, and around, and around.

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Keep wrapping.

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You can choose to do these trees really any way you’d like.
Michelle went for a more whimsical look, while I did a more sleek look.
My way was a wee bit more time consuming.

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The top of the tree is a bit tricky, and this is where the pins come in handy again.
Wrap the yarn in a circular motion around the top and pin as needed.
Use just enough yarn to cover the top of your tree.
Cut your yarn and pin down the tail end.

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In the original tutorial, she continued to wrap her tree all the way down again,
but we decided to stop at the top and move on to the tree decor.

We used the hot glue gun to attach our little poms to the trees.

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I really love Michelle’s red & white tree and I have a feeling I may be making more of these.
They are super easy and really fun to do.
Even though it took us two separate days to complete them, I promise, they can be quick.

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Have you made any yarn trees? What did you do differently?

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If you’ve missed the last two weeks, check out my wreath and ornaments.
Don’t forget about the other Christmas projects from these awesome ladies:

Amanda @ Without a Doubt – Christmas Tree Forest
Sally @ Chacha and Mogo – A Stocking for Mogo
Michelle @ this grey house – Yarn Trees
Misha @ emerald city diaries – paper tree forest
Maggi @ Greg, Maggi & Rodney – odds & ends
Abbi @ The Peña Family – Yummy Treats

A Pinterest Christmas: DIY Ornaments

Welcome to week two of A Pinterest Christmas blog series happening this December,
where myself and several other friends and friends-of-friends across the country will be making fun,
Pinterest inspired (Pinspired) holiday decorations, treats, and keepsakes.

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We put up our tree just two days after moving into the new house over Thanksgiving.
It was high on my priority list, because, who doesn’t love decorating for the holidays?
Once it was up, I realized that you can now see almost the entire way around the tree,
unlike in years past when we put in a corner of the room and just had to decorate the front.
With that being said, we needed more ornaments!

(P)Inspiration – Scrabble Ornament

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Knowing I didn’t want to take Scrabble letters from my game,
Michelle and I searched for replacement letters, only to find,
it is more economical to purchase Super Scrabble and get 200 letters!
This worked out well since there are only two “K” letters in the entire game,
and both of our girls have “K” names.

Michelle’s hubby cut the the Scrabble trays to fit each name and
we hot glued the letters on to the tray and added ribbon.

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We also tried to create other fun, Christmas themed phrases and words.
They looked adorable at first, but I soon found myself re-gluing the tiles together,
and then, again.
So, I’m not sure how long these will last on the tree.

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(P)Inspiration – House Key Ornament

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This ornament could not be more perfect!
I got the Baby’s First Christmas kit from TJ Maxx and was able to get 4 ornaments out of it!

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Since we have not closed on our old house, I still had my house key!
I was able to do an ornament for our first home and for our new home,
it worked out perfect.

We ended up having more putty to work with, so we got creative.

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His + hers wedding rings with our anniversary date.
I really love it!

(P)Inspriation – Keepsake Ornament

Misha made this for Kenley’s first Christmas last year,
so I made it a point to save the birth announcements we’ve received over the past year.

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for miss lindsay

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and miss kyler

I also made one for Ben for his 1st birthday in November,
even though it wasn’t his first Christmas, but failed to take a picture of it;
and I am planning on making one out of our wedding invitation.

Have you made any fun ornaments lately?

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Don’t forget to check out the other fun posts for the week:

Amanda @ Without a Doubt – DIY Ornaments & Alternative Christmas Tree
Sally @ Chacha and Mogo – Ornaments & Junk
Michelle @ this grey house – Ornaments & Scrabble
Misha @ emerald city diaries – Clay Ornament & Pom Pom Santa
Maggi @ Greg, Maggi & Rodney – Ruffle Tree Skirt

A Pinterest Christmas: DIY Pom Pom Wreath

This is the first post in A Pinterest Christmas blog series happening this December,
where myself and several other friends and friends-of-friends across the country will be making fun,
Pinterest inspired (Pinspired) holiday decorations, treats, and keepsakes.

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DIY pom wreath (p)inspired from the little things: cute, crafty, and candy coloured

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This is what we like to call the lazy girl pom pom tutorial. All you need is yarn and scissors!

Sally and I started this project a couple weekends ago when we should have been packing up our house.
Instead, I unpacked my craft supplies and we had ourselves a crafternoon.
Kenley and Margot joined, but they were not much help.

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To make your pom pom, start your yarn with some slack and get ready to wrap around two fingers…
or three or four, if you want your pom to be bigger.

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Wrap, wrap, wrap the yarn.

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Continue to wrap until you have a good chunk. If you think you should do more, do it.
You can never have too much, but you can have too little.

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Slide the yarn off your fingers gently creating some slack on the other end.

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Wrap the slack from the end around the center and pull very tight.

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It should be wrapped tight enough that it should look like a bow.

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Once it is wrapped tight, tie a knot in the middle with your two ends of slack.

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You should still have some slack after you have tied the knot. This will come in handy later.

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Cut open the yarn on each side of the tie.

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You should have no loops after you’ve made all the cuts.

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Gently roll the pom between your hands to give it some fluff.

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Getting closer.

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Trim the ends of the pom all the way around so they are all the same length, giving the pom a rounded look.
The “haircut” is really what makes the pom look great.

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Ta-da!

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I got a plain wreath at Jo-Ann’s for 40% off, so it was around $11!

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Tie the pom onto the branch with the slack that was cut.

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Progress!

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Here is the final product! I am obsessed.

For the adorable bow tutorial, head over to Sally’s blog to find out how I did it.
It’s easy, but not as easy as our lazy girl pom poms.

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Don’t forget to check out the other fun projects happening each week during A Pinterest Christmas:

Amanda @ Without a Doubt – DIY Sweater Wreath
Sally @ Chacha and Mogo – Pom Poms All Around
Michelle @ this grey house – Quick & Easy Wreath/Garland
Misha @ emerald city diaries – reindeer wreath & felted garland
Maggi @ Greg, Maggi & Rodney – Letter Wreath

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Have you made any fun wreaths lately?