Friday, November 20, 2015

Scrap Yarn Christmas Tree Ornament

Here's an easy Christmas craft project you can whip up in no time and use up some of that scrap yarn you most likely have laying around, if you are anything like me. I got the idea for this when I decided to buy my little man his own table top Christmas tree this year and I wanted him to have some handmade crochet ornaments from me to hang. Who knows, he might have these for many years to come. All you need is a little yarn, any color will do. I used red and white for this particular ornament. Once I finished it, I was thinking of making some in pretty shabby chic colors. How pretty would that be? Pastel pink, blue and greens on a white tree. Oh my goodness! I am definitely going to whip some up now. Any hoo, 






I had an old bracelet my daughter gave me, because she knew I might come up with a project for the beads. She was right. I also had some little jingle bells and thought they would be perfect for the trunk of the tree. Although they came out cute, I will use bigger ones next time. Here's what I did to create these little cuties. Hope you enjoy it.








Materials needed: 

yarn:  red, white (I used Caron Simply Soft)
hook:  H-8
beads:  make sure the hole is large enough for your thread and needle can go through.
jingle bells
crochet thread 

Starting from smallest to largest:
Circle 1:
Red- ML  sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1  (6)
finish off

Circle 2:
White-ML hdc 6. Join to first stitch and finish. (6)

Circle 3:
Red-ML sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (6)
round 2:  2 sc in each stitch around. Join to first stitch and finish. (12)

Circle 4:
White-ML sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (6)
round 2:  2 hdc in each stitch around. Join to first stitch and finish. (12)

Circle 5:
Red-ML sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (6)
round 2:  2 sc in each stitch. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (12)
round 3:  *1 sc in first stitch. 2 sc in next stitch. repeat from * around. Join to first stitch and finish. (18) 
Weave in ends.

Take about a 9 inch length of crochet thread and slide on your bells. I tied mine in the middle with a knot. 

Now with your needle (bead needle in my case), Thread your thread ends through the center of the Circle 5 (largest circle). Then thread a bead. Next, thread through circle 4, then a bead. Continue this process up to the smallest circle and end with a bead on top. Finish off with a knot as close to the bead as you can. Now you can add a second knot about three inches from the first knot for hanging. Voila! Now you have a cute little tree ornament. They would also be great for gift toppers. 

Happy Crafting!!!! 


Update:  Since I've made a few of these ornaments, I found that they looked a little too long. They still are very pretty and would look lovely on a tree. But I still wanted to shorten them up a bit.

                                                  
That's better. All I did was leave out the smallest circle and kept the remaining pattern the same. I think this is much more proportionate. What do you think?


Happy Crafting!!!!!!