Time for a bit of fun!
I am quite enamored with these little yoyo Christmas Trees
made, just like most things in my home,
with vintage and recycled fabrics, linens, drapes...
whatever pleases you.
They really are quite simple to make.
I am sure, Crafty Reader,
that you are able to figure these out
with little or no instructions at all.
But, if you are like me,
I often find that the only time of day
I have to be "Crafty"
is in the evenings...
After cooking, cleaning up
dinner dishes, helping the kiddies with
homework and folding several loads of laundry...
all after a busily busy day.
So, long story short, I like to use
as little brain cells as possible at that time.
So instructions, even for quite simple things,
are almost always appreciated.
With that in mind...
VINTAGE FABRIC YOYO CHRISTMAS TREES
First you will need...
1. Assorted fabrics scraps (I used vintage drapes, sheets and fabric.)
Just make sure you don't use any fabric that is
too heavy to gather easily;
2. 32 gauge wire;
3. wire cutters;
4. wooden blocks for bases (I used 1 1/2 in. and 1 in. blocks.
This is where the Significant Other came in handy
and cut the blocks for me).
5. Acrylic paint...whatever colors please you;
7. hot glue gun;
8. vintage buttons (for tree tops);
STEP 1: Paint your wooden blocks to whatever color scheme
you are decorating with. I painted mine
white and blue, and then distressed
each of them with sand paper.
STEP 2: Cut 14 circles from your fabrics for the larger tree...
2 of each - 8 in.; 7 in.; 6 in.; 5 in.; 4 in.; 3 in.; and 2 in.
10 circles for the smaller tree...
6 in.; 5 in.; 4 in.; 3 in.; and 2 in.
STEP 3: Make yo-yos.
Cut a circle as indicated above. Baste about 1/8 in.
around the edge. Pull the thread tightly
to gather. Knot and trim the thread. Move the
small opening to the center of the circle.
Repeat for each yoyo.
I left my edges raw on these, as I quite
enjoy the look of a little fraying.
STEP 4: Thread both ends of a 15 in. 32 gauge wire,
1/4 in. apart through the center of the largest
yoyo (gathered side up). Thread the remaining
yoyos from largest to smallest onto both
wire ends. Twist the wire ends together
Sew the button of your choice
to the top of the tree.
Glue the tree to the cube
with a glue gun.
trying using an upside down tea cup or lotus bowl
that you thrifted...
or anything else that suits your Creative Mind!
I hope you enjoy my very first "How - To"
and I would love to see your Unique Versions