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Make a Whimsical Tree Garland out of old Sweaters {Christmas Tutorial}

Hello Tater Tots & Jello readers!  I’m Jen and I blog over at Sunny Vanilla.
I’m over-the-top, “kid in a candy shop” excited about being with you all today.  Just a tid bit about me…I am a wife, a mom, and a lover of all things fabric.  I also have a sweet tooth that gets me into trouble after 9 p.m.
I’m joining you today to share with you a tutorial for whimsical Christmas tree garland.  If you’ve seen some of my posts, then you know I’m a huge fan of upcycling.  These little Christmas trees were made from an old sweater!

To make whimsical Christmas tree garland you will need…

old sweater
baker’s twine
pom poms
wine corks {one cork per four trees}
I found this old sweater at the thrift store for a whopping $2.60.  After a good washing she was ready to go!
To achieve the the stacked Christmas tree effect, I created several circles using Word.
Once I had my circles cut out, I started tracing them onto a sleeve of the sweater.


I did a bunch of the same size first and then moved up the latter to the smaller circles.


Here is my first tree, stacked and ready for thread.  Double up the thread on your needle and tie a knot at the end.


If your sweater is “holy” like mine, reinforce the bottom with a little felt.  Take your needle and thread and pull it through a couple of times on the first circle.


Okay, now take each circle and start to layer from big to small.  To get the whimsical effect, space out each circle just enough to let them bend and twist.
 Cut the thread from the needle and leave enough room to tie a knot around the baker’s twine.  Now, take your baker’s twine and place it on dop of the thread.


Tie a knot around the thread BUT make sure not to pull too tight, or you’ll pinch all your circles together.

Now cut your wine cork using a knife with a serrated edge {I used a bread knife}.  Glue to the bottom of the tree.

I would love to meet each of you!  You can find me on facebooktwitter, pinterest, and my blog.

Here’s to wishing all of you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 Jen – that is an awesome project!!!!

I love that you took those sweaters and upcycled them into something completely different and beautiful!! What a great idea for those sweaters that have special meaning for us but are no longer in style.

Be sure to check out Jen’s fun blog:

Aren’t Jen’s Pumpkin Place Cards beautiful — also made out of old sweaters!

Such a great idea — Make Button Art

And Jen is giving away Martha Glitter on her blog right now — one of my very favorite things!!

Be sure to enter and win some!!

Plus, you need to see Jen’s etsy shop — full of beautiful things!!

Like this Yellow Chevron Tote – I love it!

If you have a chance, head over to Sunny Vanilla and give Jen a big TT&J hello!!


PS — It’s Friday!! How did that happen so fast??? It’s my favorite day of the week. It’s time to link up YOUR ideas and show them off. The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts tonight at 6 PM MST — I hope you can stop by!


PS –Be sure to enter to win the FUN Giveaway Day giveaways this week — great holiday gift ideas:


  1. Barbara Collins says:

    what keeps the sweaters from raveling after you cut the circles???

  2. Lila Còrdova Goycolea says:

    Hola ,estoy recién aprendiendo a ver lo que este mundo cibernetico puede entregar y estoy fascinada.Tus ideas son muy originales y algo que aprecio muchísimo, es que favorecen a la ecología! El reciclaje es el único camino que le devolverá la salud a nuestra maltratada tierra…no te parece? .Gracias por tus ideas!

  3. That is such a great idea! I love the pumpkins too!

  4. Everytime I come up with an original idea someone takes it! JK, that is adorable and I am all about upcycling!

  5. such cute ideas!

  6. What a terrific idea! I have some cutting to do now!

  7. I love this..I think I will incoperate some sweater circles into my paper stacked tree! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Can I just send a great big blog hug your way? Thank you so much for listing some of my other projects and the Chevron tote! I’m beyond excited!!!

    You’re the best! Thank you a million times over. I’m truly appreciative :-)

  9. I LOVE those sweater trees!! I’ve got to try that. :)

  10. aww i love this!

  11. This is adorable. What a cute idea.

  12. I love the concept of this project and it is so lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Too cute! I am always scared the sweater is going to fall to pieces once I start cutting.

  14. This is so cute and very unique! I just pinned it!

  15. This is so stinkin’ cute! Absolutely LOVE it! thank you for sharing the tutorial! Gonna need to save up some sweaters! 😉


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