Sweater Trees

I was so happy to be asked to contribute to’s project gallery: 16 Ways To Decorate With an Old Sweater. I love reworking knitwear – it’s interesting, stylish and so easy to do. Here is one of my favorite projects from the gallery – making small Christmas trees out of leftover pieces of felted sweaters. Be sure to check out all of the holiday sweater crafts over at – there are a lot of great ideas!

These are simple to make – just hot glue sweater pieces to cardboard cones (available at craft stores).

For this project you will need: old sweaters, a cardboard cone, hot glue gun and scissors.

Begin by washing sweaters in hot water and drying in dryer. To make the fringed tree – cut out one-ich squares from sweaters and fringe. Graduate the size of your squares.

Start at the bottom, glue the larger pieces first, then gradually work smaller sized pieces onto the cone, ending with the smallest pieces on top.

To make the wrapped tree, just cut one-inch wide strips of sweater and glue onto cone – starting from the top and winding down to the base.

Vary the size and color of your trees to create an interesting grouping.




  1. Magic and Mayhem  November 9, 2012

    These are darling! Any thoughts on anything you could repurpose for the cones? I rarely get to craft stores and would rather go the frugal/no waste way and use something around the house but I’m drawing a blank.

    • camilla  November 9, 2012

      You could try using an empty cereal box – cut out a panel and staple it into a cone shape. Just a thought let me know if you come up with something. 🙂

  2. Alessandra  November 9, 2012

    happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

  3. valerie  November 10, 2012

    Awesome! You’re really resourceful!

  4. Darcie  November 11, 2012

    simply wonderful…
    I’m getting inspired!

  5. Juliette  November 14, 2012

    So pretty these little Christmas trees.
    I remenber the idea et i love your blog!

  6. catie  November 16, 2012


  7. Tanya  November 26, 2012

    These are absolutely cute and sooo cool! I love the cereal box suggestion you gave in the comments too, i am making these!!

    xoxo, Tanya

  8. Cv LOve  November 28, 2012

    i love ideia

  9. annette scotland  December 16, 2012

    I love the whole recycling.idea.these trees are so cool.i think i might try one .x