Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yo Yo Christmas Tree Tutorial

This is my first ever tutorial and I hope it makes sense. The Yo Yo christmas tree isn't my original idea.. I just did my own tutorial because I couldn't find one that suited how I wanted to do it.

This project is great because you don't need a sewing machine and you can take and make your yo-yo's anywhere. I made my yo yo's for the tutorial at the beach!

What you will need: 

*Compass (raided the hubby’s tool box for this)


*Cardboard – I recycled cardboard from cereal boxes and the inserts they use for fat quarters at Spotlight

*Craft glue (I used PVA)


*Fabric marker pen

*Scissors – sewing and paper

*Fabrics (a selection of the colours you want to use)

*Needle and thread (i just used white for all of them)

*Dowel (for big tree I used 6mm)

*Wooden cotton reel (perfect are old vintage style ones – I have a few but would love a whole box of them!!)

*Optional : tulle of various colours

And here's what you do:
Using your compass, ruler and cardboard, make 18 circle templates of the following sizes for the large tree (diameter) 220mm, 210mm, 200mm, 190mm, 180mm, 170mm, 160mm, 150mm, 140mm, 130... etc to 50mm.

 Cut out templates

Draw one of each size onto your chosen fabrics.

 Make each circle into a yo-yo. Here’s a couple of pictures of how I do it and there are plenty of great tutorials on the internet. Thread  your needle leaving a long tail after the knot.

Pull the edges out so it is flat.

Make all 18 of your yo-yo’s. Try not to tie off the smaller ones too tight as they need to fit over the dowel.

Take your cotton reel and piece of dowel and glue the dowel inside the cotton reel (i used pva glue). Allow to dry. Alternatively, you could do this before you start so it is dry to pop your yo yos on.

If you are going to use tulle.. cut several strips as wide as the yo-yos you are putting it below.  Sew a running stitch by hand across the top of the tulle and pull it into a circle. Sew in a circle shape.

Start layering your yo yos onto the dowel, including the tulle layers.. I cut a little snip in the underside of my yo-yo’s so the dowel could feed through it nicely.

You could place a bead on the top to hold them all down.

I then trimmed my dowel with a saw (also raided from my hubby’s tool box).

Pop a star of your choice on top. I made a felt star for my first one and sewed beads on it. Then I found these lovely stars at a local haberdarshery shop which I plan to use for future trees.

And then.....

To make an itty bitty tree...

I bought a packet of wooden spools from the kids craft section at Spotlight.

 For the stick I used some large sized match sticks and broke off the pink bit at the top.then glued it in the little wooden spool, as with the larger one.

 Make only 10 yo-yo’s from size 50mm – 140mm.

Assemble as with the larger tree (I didn’t use tulle for this one as its already quite full looking)

When you’ve made your tree or trees be sure to head to the Yo Yo Christmas Tree Flicker groupand share it !!

Im linking up to here.

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Gail said...

OK, a tad excited about this. I might have to forward the link to my MIL :). I'm feeling lazy.

Steph said...

Lots of fun. Love the fabrics you used. Especially like the little itty bitty tree. Clear, concise tutorial - thanks.

Fiona said...

Is there anything you can't do? This is a fabulous idea - and your tutorial is one of the best I have ever seen!! Easy to follow directions, clear pictures - makes me want to have a go! Well done!

Cheryl said...

What a cute idea! The kids would love to help make this too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

Lisa said...

I've never seen anything like this! This is SO cute! I absolutely love this idea!

Myrtle said...

I love Christmas and I love Christmas crafts even more. What a cute idea!!! I will have to try it. Great visiting your site.

Crafty Mummy said...

These are fabulous! I love that you shared all the little details (like the match sticks) and such clear photos. Adding these to my (very long!) to do list!

A Little Bit of Everything! said...

Sew cute! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Hi,fellow New Zealander.. I have put a link on my blog for this tutorial and I have also done a post about it too... linking back to your blog. Just love this idea and thank you so much for sharing it... I will be making some of these for gifts.... Love your blog too!! Lisa

Patti said...

I just love these little trees! I'm off to look around your site - I think I am in love! Hugs, Patti

marina said...

How gorgeous!! I love yo- yo's so it is perfect.
Thanks for the tutorial.

Chris H said...

What a cute tree, thanks for the tutorial... I have made yo-yo flowers... but now I want to make a tree!

Sarah said...

That's fantastic! I will have to get on the look out for all the materials now. Thanks for the tute!

michelle@everyday celebrating said...

That is adorable! Makes me wish I sewed!

Natasha said...

This is gorgeous! I am not very crafty so am not sure I could make it but I absolutely adore the idea. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Best wishes,

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Amiko said...

Hi, I love this creation... can I featured it on my blog next October?
I will let you know if I've posted it.
Thank you so much!

Best Wishes.

Sandy said...

What a great idea and fab tutorial !

Shari said...

These are adorable! I forwarded this to my mom, and I think the next time she visits, we may have to give these a try.

Cheryl said...

I've featured this project in this week's Craftastic Monday. Stop by & be sure to grab a Featured button:)

Kara said...

This is such a cute idea! I love making yo yo's, so I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing the instructions! :)

CK said...

These are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!! I LOVE them!!! Now, if I could just think of a way to make them bigger- like 4/5 feet tall, I would display this rather than a real Christmas tree!!!!

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