How to Make Yarn Wrapped Tree Decorations

Create these super on trend yarn-wrapped baubles this year – a great home craft for adults and children alike. These decorations are sturdy and will be able to be brought out year after year as part of your treasured Christmas decoration collection.

You Will NeedCraft EssentialsHow to Make

Present Bauble

1. Cut out a one square of cardboard and two from ombre glitter card, making the glitter card a few extra millimetres bigger than the cardboard to ensure all the card edges are covered when you wrap the yarn.

2. Use the craft PVA glue to stick the ombre card onto the cardboard template. Leave to dry.

3. Once you are ready, start wrapping the yarn around the middle part of the square. Go around each side, ensuring the yarn is not slipping, and the thickness is consistent. Ombre card will show through your finished design.

4. Take a length of contrasting yarn, and wrap around the middle of the square, to create the present wrapped effect. Tie the yarn in a knot, and tie a bow. Trim the excess length of the bow.

3. To finish off your decoration, you need to add a hanger using the coloured twine. Cut a 5 inch length of the twine and thread one end onto your yarn needle. Pass underneath the yarn – slowly so not to move any of the yarn – bring the ends back together, and tie in a knot. Carefully, wiggle the knot back underneath the yarn, making sure the finish is neat. For extra security, add a blob of hot glue underneath the yarn.

 

 

Star Bauble

1. Using the template supplied, trace and cut out the star shape onto cardboard.

2. To give the yarn extra security and longevity on your finished decoration, you will need to add a wooden bead to each point on the star. Choose the beads, and hot glue each bead onto each point – so five in total. Press down on the beads to secure them, and wait for a few minutes to start wrapping the yarn.

3. Once you are ready, start wrapping the yarn around the middle part of the star, crossing over the base of the star. Then slowly wrap the yarn up one of the star arms, up to the bead and back down again. Making sure all the cardboard is covered, and the yarn looks secure. You will need to ensure the yarn is not slipping. Continue with each star arm, until all of the cardboard is covered. To be extra secure, go around the centre a few more times making sure the thickness of the coverage is consistent.

4. Once you are happy with the finish, you are ready cut the yarn. When cutting the yarn, leave a long tail – about 5 inches – and thread the end onto your yarn needle. Carefully go underneath the yarn, and tie off the thread. To cover over any knots, and make sure the tying off looks neat, you can pass the knot underneath the other pieces of layered yarn, so the ends do not show.

5. Then trim any loose ends. For extra security, you can add a blob of hot glue underneath the yarn, to secure the knot in place

6. To finish off your decoration, add a hanger using the coloured twine. This ties the finish together with your beads. Put a dab of hot glue into the top of one of the beads, and push the twine into the bead using your yarn needle. Push as far as you can, and add another dab at the top. Making sure the finish is neat. Now you are ready to hang your decoration, and admire your work.

 

Cut Out Star Bauble

1. Using the template supplied, trace and cut out the star shape onto cardboard.

2. To give the yarn extra security and longevity on your finished decoration, you will need to add a wooden bead to each point on the star. Choose the beads, and hot glue each bead onto each point – so five in total. Press down on the beads to secure them, and wait for a few minutes to start wrapping the yarn.

3. Once you are ready, start wrapping the yarn. It is best to cut strips of yarn, to make it easier to pass through the middle. Measure a length, about the length of both of your arms, held out sideways. Slowly wrap the yarn up one of the star arms, up to the bead and back down again. Making sure all the cardboard is covered, and the yarn looks secure. You will need to ensure the yarn is not slipping. Then wrap down the chevron part of the star towards the next arm. This will anchor the wrapping on the arm. About 5 inches before the end of the yarn, cut the yarn, tie off and thread the end onto your yarn needle. Carefully, pass needle underneath the yarn, tie off and trim the thread.

4. Continue to work around the star, wrapping the yarn up one of the star arms, up to the bead and back down again. Then wrap down the chevron part of the star as before. Continue all the way around the star, until you are happy with the coverage. About 5 inches before the end of the yarn, tie off and cut the yarn and thread the end onto your yarn needle. Carefully, go underneath the yarn, and tie off the thread. 

5. To finish off your decoration, you need to add a hanger using the coloured twine. This ties the finish together with your beads. Put a dab of hot glue into the top of one of the beads, and push the twine into the bead using your yarn needle. Push as far as you can, and add another dab at the top, making sure the finish is neat. Now you are ready to hang your decoration, and admire your work.

 

Flat Bauble

1. Trace and cut out the circle shape out of cardboard. To give the yarn extra security, cut around the circle small slits. This secures the yarn, once you start wrapping.

2. As you wrap the yarn around the circle, make sure the thickness of the coverage is consistent.

3.  Once you are happy with the finish, you are ready to finish and cut the yarn. When cutting the yarn, please leave a long tail – about 5 inches – and thread the end onto your yarn needle. Pass underneath the yarn, knot and tie off the thread. To cover over any knots, you can pass the yarn underneath the yarn, so the ends do not show. Trim any loose ends. For extra security, you can add a blob of hot glue underneath the yarn, to secure the knot in place.

4. To finish off your decoration, add a hanger using the coloured twine. Cut a length of the twine, about 5 inches, and thread one end onto your yarn needle. Pass underneath the yarn – slowly so not to move any of the yarn – bring the ends back together, and tie in a knot. Carefully, wiggle the knot back underneath the yarn, making sure the finish is neat. For extra security, add a blob of hot glue underneath the yarn, to secure the knot in place.

 

Cage Baubles

1. Blow up a balloon to the size of an orange, ensuring the shape is round.

2. Measure 5 lengths, one length is roughly the length of both of your arms, held out sideways.

3. In a small glass, make up a solution of PVA glue and water in equal parts. Should be no more than a couple of centimetres – you do not want to soak the yarn so it is dripping.

4. Apart from about 5 inches of the yarn that you want to keep dry, add the 5 lengths of yarn into the mixture – just lightly coat in the mixture. Leave in the glass.

5. Using the dry yarn, you left out of the glass, you will need tie the yarn around the bottom of the knot on the balloon. Wrap, and tie the yarn a few times, to give the yarn extra security and longevity on your finished decoration.

6. Cut a length of twine about 5 inches, and tie to create a loop. Place this over the top of the knot on your balloon. Then wrap the yarn round a few times around the twine and the knot of the bottom. Build it up, so it creates an anchor at the top. This secures the yarn, once you start wrapping.

7. As you wrap the yarn around the balloon, make sure the thickness of the coverage is consistent, and squeeze the yarn to remove any excess water, as this could discolour the yarn. Continue wrapping, and ensure the yarn does not get too dense; you want to be able to see through it when the decoration is hanging on your tree. You can use the knot at the top, to wrap the yarn around – to ensure your yarn does not slip as you create the cage. Once you are happy with the coverage, or at about 10 inches from the end of the yarn you need to tie off.

8. To finish off, wrap the remaining yarn around the top, around the twine, and tuck it in neatly so you cannot see it. Hang somewhere overnight, out of reach of little hands or animals.

9. The next day, the yarn will have dried enough, for you to remove the balloon. Hold securely, but gently, and pull the tip of the balloon up so it is stretched out, so you cut underneath the knot of the balloon. When it pops, it will deflate and come away from the yarn. Carefully, reach in using tweezers or fingers, and pull the remaining balloon out and dispose of carefully.

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