Making Yo Yo Christmas Trees

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December 20, 2012

Finished large tree.Here is another cute yo yo Christmas tree project, for the yo yo enthusiast. You can make one or a whole grove.


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

Yield: 1 per 18 yo yos


  • 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 9, 2018

You say to cut 18 circles templates ranging in size from 220mm down to 50 mm, in 10mm increments. Ummm----220mm? I have 4 Clover yo-yo circles; a 60mm (it's yellow), a 45mm (it's orange-like your example), a 30mm (it's green) & a 20mm (it's blue).

For your 220mm, are you measuring circumference BEFORE or after you've made the yo-yo? Am I to assume that a 200mm yo-yo starts with, essentially, a piece of mat'l that about 9-inches around?


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December 9, 20180 found this helpful

The measurement in mm is of the diameter. Yes the largest one 220mm is approximately 8.6 inches across. I made cardboard templates for a range of yo yo sizes from 10mm to 240, but did not use all of them for this project.


I hope this helps. If you have any other questions please reply to this comment and I should get a notice and can get back to you. Happy yo-yoing.

December 28, 20190 found this helpful

I would love to make the yo yo trees for the nursing home this coming year but I would like the size in the circle in inches to make it easy for me I have to make at least 85of them thank you Karen.

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August 17, 2015

Can someone please help me find this large wooden spool used in this Christmas tree? Spool Yo Yo Tree. I would prefer to buy in bulk/wholesale.

Thank you in advance :)


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August 21, 20150 found this helpful

When I made this craft I purchased the spools in a small bag from Joann Fabrics and Crafts. Michael's also carries them.


As to buying them wholesale there are a number of vendors on the internet that offer them.

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January 30, 2017

Covering a Styrofoam or paper cone with seasonal fabric yo yos is a fun way to make a Christmas tree decoration to grace your table or to brighten up a room for the holidays. This is a page about yo yo Christmas tree.

Yo Yo Christmas Tree

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