How to make cardboard cone wrapped yarn trees for the holidays…

When I had spied the Starbucks wreath with wrapped yarn balls, I was inspired to make these trees. This is a really easy project to do too,it would be a great kids craft.

 You’ll need:
Cardboard or stiff paper to make the cone. I used a cereal box and stiff paper. A shirt box would work too. If you don’t want to make the cones, you can go buy pre-made styrofoam ones.
hot glue
white glue
Cut your box into a rectangle. The height is going to be roughly the size of the paper with a few inches cut off to trim the bottom.

Starting at a corner; roll one edge of the cardboard tightly leaving the other end loose. Roll it into a  cone shape until you’ve rolled the entire piece. Tape. I used painter’s tape because it’s what I had on had. Any tape will do, it’s going to be covered. Once you are taped, use scissors to trim the cone so that it has an even bottom.
I also rolled a smaller piece for the top of the large cone and taped it on because the stiff cardboard made it hard to get a tight roll.

This one is on the paper. Put  a dab of hot glue at the top and start wrapping around and around. I only burned myself twice during the entire project, I think that’s a new record. I periodically put a dab of hot glue to hold the yarn in place in case I needed to stop because someone needed some goldfish, a sippy cup refilled, or Barney played again for the thousandth time. If you find you have small gaps, push the yarn up a little bit to snug it up. When you wrap, you can make it look nice and neat and leave it, or go back and criss -cross it all over for a more organic feel.

After it’s totally wrapped, when you get to the bottom,you might have to run a bead of glue along the edge to keep it on. When you’re done, put  a dab of hot glue underneath the cone and glue the end of the yarn on the inside. When you finish one, start on your next one. You’ll glitter all at once.
If you want to fill out a cone and make it really fat, you can use some old junky yarn you have laying around first as the base and then wrap over it like I did with the white over green. It gave it a really nice, full look and I finally used yarn I’ve had sitting around for years.

If you are going to do a striped one, overlap the yarn so you don’t get any funky ends. Then just cut and change when you want to change colors.

After you finish your cones, you are ready to glitter. Use white craft glue and dab it all over with a  brush. Here is one thing I learned about glittering: Sprinkle VERY lightly, almost just a dusting. I had to rewrap my green one because I was so heavy handed it was like Vegas instead of Christmas.
Shake of  the excess and let dry! Tah dah!
Yarn trees!

Ha ha Starbucks!
I also have a new Chocolate long sleeve in my Etsy store called The Queen Bee Tee and I have  a few more designs coming out too.

Happy Holidays!
~ Jen
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  1. Thanks for the tutorial…I think even I could do that!

  2. I love it! I’ve got a styrofoam cone laying around and had no idea what to do with it. I think I’ll try this project.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial Jen! I love how your trees look! And of course I love the Queen Bee Tee! If I had any money left in my Christmas budget I would be buying one for myself!

  4. Great project! And that Queen Bee shirt is super cute!!!

  5. What a cute project! And you *made* the cones yourself – you are so crafty. :) I love that tshirt, too!

  6. Hoooooooooow cute!

    M ^..^

  7. What a great tute! Thanks! I love that Queen Bee Tee! It’s awesome! :)

  8. Hey, thanks for the super-fun tutorial. Not to mention super-CUTE!!!

  9. We think alike! I saw those wreaths and thought the balls would look cute in a bowl but I love these cones!


  10. I also saw those wreaths at Starbucks and thought too cute. I bought some supplies, but just haven’t got to the that project. Like so many projects at my house. Maybe next year!

  11. Thank you for the lesson on the trees! It is so cute and you make it look so easy!!!
    -sandy toes

  12. Thanks for the tutorial. They are so cute. Love the glitter on them. Can’t wait to try some.

  13. Cool! And yes, a great project for Moms and kids to do together! How fun! And even more fun when you pull them out of storage every year to recall the memories.

    Love the tee too.

  14. Yarn and hot glue?? I am so it! What a great tutorial. Thanks.

    I think I need one of those tees!

  15. Hi Jen,
    Thanks for the lesson. Homemade is so much nicer than the big guys store made any day!

    Love the new shirt, on my way to take a look.

    Happy Holidays!

  16. Nice craft and cute tee.

  17. What a cute project. Love yur yarn trees.

  18. That is sooo stinkin clever! I love it…and that vignette is stunning. cherry

  19. We really were on the same wavelength with the yarn trees, weren’t we?

  20. These are fantastic, I’ll be linking!

  21. Haha! You said Starbucks! And I had to take a pic of the yarn wreaths at Starbucks the other day. I love the trees too! Genius, you are~

  22. Hi Jen, love the yarn trees! (and love Melissa’s inspired room blog too) Happy holidays!

  23. OMG…queen bee tee…LOVE! I can’t wait ’til the holidays are over so I can go shopping for me! :-)

  24. This tutorial is fantastic! I saw these yarn decorations at Starbucks and have been wanting to tackle them. I love you made your own cone instead of buying one…I love to save me some money!
    Ashley :)


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