Did you just find out you’re having company for the holidays and realize you have no decorations?
Look around the office and everyone is festive except you?
Need a break from gift knitting?
If you’re like me, you answered YES to all of the above. Don’t worry, I GOT YOU!
This is a quick and easy winter tree. It requires little money and most of the work can be done watching a couple episodes of Gilmore Girls (c’mon, I know it’s not just me). The inspiration came from an IG post I saw a few months ago of a giant pom pom Christmas tree. Of course, I only admired because there was no way I had the time, money, or perserverence, to make life size tree from pom poms, but it was beautiful. Fast forward, I was helping my aunt decorate for Christmas when I realized I was going back to bland house. That, combined with my coworkers Christmas decoration bing sprung me into action. When I saw the mini tree-shaped water bottles I had lying around the idea came back to me…POM POM TREE. Here goes nothing.
One Skein Self-Striping Yarn. The long stretches of color mean that you can make sizable pom poms in many colors from one skein. I used one from the Isaac Mizrahi collection at Michael’s because it was so fluffy and it captured all of the colors of a tree and winter and Project Runway hehe.
Cell Phone. Hopefully less ratchet than mine ha!
Mini 8oz. Water Bottles. Drink up! I happened to have a ton from Thanksgiving and they are the perfect tree shape!
Hot Glue & Gun. I imagine craft glue will work too, but seriously a hot glue gun is the greatest thing ever.
1. Wrap the yarn around the cell phone hamburger style (short way) until it begins to change colors. Now this is a judgement call. Sometimes I wanted the pom pom a little fatter so I kept winding. Other times I stopped mid-color because it was getting too fat. Using an iPhone 5, I found about 15-18 winds to be the sweet spot.
2. Cut the yarn from the skein at one end of the phone. Attempting to hold it’s folded shape, slide the yarn off the phone and tie the throwaway yarn around the middle. Double knot tight enough to make a bow-like shape. Snip the ends of the throwaway yarn close to the knot so they can be hidden. This matters less if your tie is close in color/texture to your pom.
3. Now snip up the bow! Slide the scissors under the fold on each side. Don’t worry if you miss some loops…just keep snipping till they’ve all flared out. Now at this point, some people will keep shaping until they have a perfectly round pom pom. DON’T! I wanted my tree to be very imperfect and whimsical. That’s why I chose a floppy yarn and I let the uneveness prosper. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have about 15…you’ll need more of the browns than greens and ice blues.
4. GLUE! My favorite part obviously! When I was an itty-bitty Girl Scout I used to always play with the hot glue (and yes maybe burn my fingertips but hey, at least I didn’t eat it!) when my mom/leader was turned away. Years later, when I moved out, she gifted me with my very own hot glue gun…hmm, maybe there’s something to that moms have eyes in the back of their head thing. =)
Okay back to the actual action of GLUE! Stagger the poms. Say, 6, 4, 2, 1. Again, it depends on the fluffiness of your poms. Just made sure you don’t glue them too close to the bottom edge, else the tree won’t stand on it’s own. If you kept the wrapper on (like me), it’s good gauge for where to stick the first row. For the first tree (below), I only had four rows and the last two were just one blue stack on top of another. I kind of stuffed the second tree (in the snowy pic above). Again. GO WILD! Only you know what works for you.
AND YOU’RE DONE! Time to decorate and go crazy.
All the fixins.
Tree #1 was a huge hit in the office. My coworker graciously made garnet and gold *cough cough* stars to use as ornaments and mock gifts and a giant start as a topper. So clearly this one is a Christmas tree. But it doesn’t have to be. Like I said, these colors reminded me of winter and since winter only occurs between the hours of midnight at 7am here in Florida, I decorated my home tree with tons of stuffing/snow.
And LOOK. A Christmas card!
What do you think? Super easy? Any modifications to make this even easier?
Happy crafting! Now back to those pesky knitting gifts I thought I could breeze through before Christmas =(
Disclaimer: I found a similar tutorial on Pinterest while I was trying to make sure that I didn’t copy anyone. While there are key differences between our tutorials, I wanted to give this one a shout out too! No copyright infringement was intended; I’m not here to steal ideas. However, it’s not surprising that this has been done before; I just want to be clear and open about the only one that I’ve seen.