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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.

Approximate 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


  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.
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December 19, 2012 Flag
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finished tree with more snow


  • 8 - 10 pieces of various cotton Christmas fabric
  • 1 package each red, green, gold, and pearlized white sequins
  • sequin pins
  • 1 Styrofoam tree (or paper)
  • 1 sewing needle and coordinating thread for yo yos
  • hot glue gun


  1. Make yo yos. Follow this link for a short tutorial, if needed: Making Fabric Yo Yos.
    I made 16 large (2.5 inches finished), 41 medium (1.75 inches), 12 small (1 1/8 inches), and 22 extra small (5/8 inches). The sizes used are your choice.
  2. Starting with a large yo yo, push pin and sequin through yo yo from gathered side.
  3. yo yo with sequin
  4. Apply hot glue to the pin and the fabric at the top of the pin.
  5. gluing yo yo
  6. Beginning at the bottom of the Stryofoam cone (tree) attach the yo yos overlapping as shown in the photo. I attached them so that they extended just past the base of the cone.
  7. start at bottom of conefirst row finishedadding rows 1
  8. Continue adding and overlapping yo yos. I used two rows of the large and six of the medium yo yos.
  9. adding rows 2adding rows 3
  10. The final two horizontal rows are made with the small yo yos. For the final row of small yo yos I used two different pieces of glittery white fabric, one with a bit of light blue, hoping to simulate a bit of snow.
  11. finished tree
  12. The top of the cone is flat on these Styrofoam forms and I used the extra small yo yos in the white fabric to cover this area.
  13. I was not completely happy with the look of the snow, so I used some of the extra small white yo yos scattered down from the top to improve the final look. See the completed project photo at the top of this page.
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