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Four Homemade Trees: Yarn




Pom-poms, tassels, and snowflakes made of vibrant yarn create a cozy, crafty theme for a tree. A sewing basket is a fitting container (the tree sits in a separate pot surrounded by gravel); the gifts are wound with yarn.



  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pom-pom maker
  • Tape
  • Waxed paper
  • Thread
  • Cardboard


  1. Step 1

    The yarn star, a classic camp craft, stands watch at the top. Lay three craft sticks as shown. Glue; let dry. Tie yarn on (we used mohair), and wrap it across the center and around each spoke in turn until center is covered; tie off around a spoke.

  2. Step 2

    Tie different yarn to stick, and wrap it around each spoke several times to form a stripe; tie off.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat to cover, switching yarn as desired.

  4. Step 4

    For pom-pom ends, wrap yarn several times around finger. Tie a small piece of yarn around the middle; cut through loops. Glue or tie to ends of spokes.

  5. Step 5

    Place pom-pom maker's pieces in pairs, following package directions.

  6. Step 6

    Wind yarn around each pair, filling inside of U.

  7. Step 7

    Interlock units' feet to make a circle. Slip scissors into gap between sides; cut through loops all around circle. Tie a loop for hanging in one end of a piece of thread; use other end to cinch pom-pom by sliding it into gap and tying tightly around yarn.

  8. Step 8

    Remove plastic units.

  9. Step 9

    Trim the pom-pom into a neat sphere.

  10. Step 10

    Draw a shape. Tape waxed paper over design. Dip yarn in white glue; wipe off excess with fingertips. Lay yarn on waxed paper, following design underneath. 

  11. Step 11

    Let dry several hours until stiff, then remove. Tie on a thread loop for hanging.

  12. Step 12

    Wrap yarn around cardboard (ours was 3 1/2 inches high) at least ten times. Loop yarn for hanger under top strands; pull tight.

  13. Step 13

    Cut through bottom loops.

  14. Step 14

    Tie yarn around tassel near the top; trim ends evenly.

Martha Stewart Kids, Winter 2005



Reviews (1)

  • me_nora 7 Mar, 2008

    This year my daughter and I made the pom-pom ornaments in various color and decorated our tree with them. It look amazing! We've never had such a colorful andf "Happy" christmas tree. Due to the new arrival in our family, my son, I was looking for something that he can touch and not get hurt, so this was a great solution. Thank you Martha! I recomend it to all those with small kids.