Woolly Christmas trees

Woolly Christmas trees

wooly christmas trees

These wooly Christmas trees are absolutely dreamy!

You’ll need

  • a ball of yarn
  • medium-gauge stainless steel wire
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • scissors
  • cork

To make

  1. To make the medium pink tree, cut a 7cm x 12cm piece of cardboard. Standing it upright, wind your yarn around the board horizontally, as if making a tassel or pompom. Make sure to wrap more yarn around the bottom of the cardboard so that the base of your tree appears fuller.
  2. Measure the height of your wool top (12cm for the medium tree) and add around 4cm for the base. Double this, for a final measurement of 32cm. Cut a 32cm length of wire. Fold the wire in half, over the wool and cardboard. Then gently remove the cardboard.
  3. Using two pairs of pliers, tightly grip the wire where the yarn ends and at the top of the tree, then twist the wire around itself. The yarn should start to spiral as you do this. Twist until you’re satisfied that the yarn is
    secure and shaped the way you like.
  4. Cut through the loops of yarn again as you would when cutting open a pom-pom.
  5. Trim the yarn to form a tree shape.
  6. For the ‘trunk’ of the tree, twist the wire tightly around. Cut a 2cm piece of cork and stick the tree into
    it. If necessary, secure with glue.

Tip: Change the size of the cardboard for longer or wider trees. Taller trees may topple over, so add some prestik to the base to keep them upright.


Magazine issue date: December, 2017

Joni van der Merwe

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