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Making Yo Yo Christmas Trees

Christmas fabric yo yos can be used to make a variety of Christmas tree craft projects. This is a guide about making yo yo Christmas trees.

Yo Yo Christmas Trees
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December 20, 2012 Flag
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Here is another cute yo yo Christmas tree project, for the yo yo enthusiast. You can make one or a whole grove.

Finished large tree.

Total Time: 1.5 hours to assemble 4, not including making yo yos

Yield: 4


  • pieces of recycled cardboard packaging or file folders for templates
  • assorted cotton Christmas fabric
  • 1 6 mm wooden dowel
  • 1 3mm dowel for smaller tree
  • 4 wooden craft spools
  • hot glue gun
  • small saw - hack saw
  • shoe polish, paint, or other stain
  • drafting compass
  • pencil
  • scissors

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  1. Cut 18 circle templates ranging in size from 220mm down to 50 mm, in 10 mm increments. I used a compass to draw the circles.
  2. Cardboard templates.
  3. Cut 18 yo yos using paper templates.
  4. Fabric circles for yo yos.
  5. Make yo yos. Follow this link for a short tutorial on making yo yos: Making Fabric Yo Yos
  6. Use brown shoe polish to stain spools for the tree trunks. You may paint the spools using acrylic craft paint or leave natural.
  7. Shoe polish for staining and wooden spools.Staining spool with shoe polish.Removing excess polish.Stained wooden spools.
  8. Snip a small hole in the yo yo, through the center of the gathered opening, into the ungathered side.
  9. Snipping hole in ungather side of yo yo for mounting on dowel.
  10. Begin to slide yo yos onto the dowel through the snipped hole. Continue adding yo yos until only the smallest remains.
  11. Mounting yo yos beginning with largest.Adding more yo yos to dowel.Ready to glue last yo yo on at top.
  12. Glue the smallest yo yo the the tip of the dowel, a bit of glue can also be applied to the yo yo below.
  13. Adding spool to dowel to check for length.
  14. Slide the spool onto the dowel and mark the cutting line on the dowel.
  15. Marking dowel for cutting.
  16. Using a small saw cut the dowel to the correct length.
  17. Cutting dowel to length.
  18. Glue dowel into spool.
  19. View of base of spool after gluing dowel.
  20. You are done. Make as many of these cute little trees as you like to create a little grove or to give as gifts. You could also attach a ribbon hanger to them to use as Christmas tree ornaments.
Group of four yo yo trees.

December 19, 2012 Flag
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I love making yo yos while watching TV. They are a great way of using up fabric scraps or can be made from fabric purchased especially for your yo yo craft project. I decided to use some left over yo yos from my Christmas garland to begin this project.

finished tree with more snow

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