Merry & Bright Christmas – How to Make Yarn Christmas Trees

I learned how to make yarn Christmas trees and was so excited, I had to share these adorable Merry & Bright decor pieces immediately–literally couldn’t wait.

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These Merry & Bright yarn trees are such a quick Christmas craft and fun alternative to bottlebrush trees!

How to Make Yarn Christmas Trees

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are officially obsessed with Christmas. It’s nothing if not the best time of the year to craft–because anything can be an awesome gift or decoration! One of the easiest Christmas crafts of the season this year has been making this easy set of yarn Christmas trees.


They come together so fast, it’s literally about 15 minutes from “grab the yarn” to “wow we’re done!” I seriously love holiday crafts that you can just bang out like that! Let’s get started making some yarn trees!

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Tips to Make Merry & Bright Yarn Trees

  • Wind your yarn snuggly. And loads of winds. I probably had 100-150 winds. And they were so tight I almost couldn’t pull the loops off my template. But that makes for a really dense finished product, which is ah-mazing!
  • Be sure to brush out your yarn. Seriously. These little yarn Christmas trees look absurd with the yarn it’s natural thickness. Speaking of looking absurd, trim, trim, trim. You will not be disappointed–unless you don’t trim off enough of the floppy bits of yarn.
  • When selecting colors for your little yarn Christmas trees, be sure to pick two or more colors that are contrasting. Nothing says fun like a cheery Merry & Bright theme in pinks and bright greens to make for some cheer. Or red, grey and black for a farmhouse theme. Just look for contrasting colors to pull it all together.
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How Do I Make this Yarn Christmas Tree?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Adorable Yarn Christmas Tree

Merry & Bright Yarn Christmas Trees

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I just love these tiny Christmas trees made of yarn. They're the perfect alternative to bottlebrush trees or sisal trees. Plus, I can make them in about 5 minutes!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Yarn
  • 1 Floral Wire
  • 1 3-inch Wood Round


  • Cardboard
  • Drill & Tiny Drill Bit
  • Wire Cutters/Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue


  1. Drill a small hole in the center of your wood round. Set aside.
  2. Trim your cardboard to be 3-inches on one end, 5-inches on the other and 8-inches long. This is your template for winding.
  3. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard template 100-150 times, in a 5-6-inch space.
  4. Cut the end of the yarn off.
  5. Fold the floral wire in half and slip it over the wound yarn, going in the opposite direction the yarn is wound, with the open end toward the wider part of the template.
  6. Push the yarn (and wire) off the template. photo collage tutorial of how to make christmas trees with yarn
  7. Press the wire more snugly onto the yarn by twisting the open end of the wires together.
  8. With the scissors, cut all of of the yarn loops.
  9. Brush the yarn out.
  10. Press the wire more snugly (again) onto to the yarn by twisting the wires together some more. photo collage tutorial of how to make tiny trees with yarn
  11. Brush out the yarn some more and trim any straggler loops.
  12. Trim the loose yarn ends off, forming a cone shape.
  13. Hot glue the wire ends into the hole in the wood round and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make trees with yarn


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