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DIY Faux Fur Trees

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Our DIY faux fur trees are hiding a little secret that make them much cheaper and far easier to make than ordinary craft fur trees!

I recently posted about how to make Mambo Yarn Trees.

After seeing the photos, many of you asked about the other trees – the ones that weren’t made with Mambo Yarn.

diy mambo yarn trees

Madam, your wish is my command.

So let’s dive right in.

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DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas display

Okay, there are two other types of trees that we made for our vintage/farmhouse Christmas display this year.

The faux fur trees are the subject of this post, and I’ll get to those shortly. First though, I want to tell you about the other ones – the tall ones you see in the photo above.

DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display

We made those trees with Red Heart Irresistible yarn.

Yep, irresistible yarn for an Irresistible Crafting Man, amirite ladies?

Hello?

Is this thing on?

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Hello?

Yeesh, tough crowd!

DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display

Anyway, we bought ours at Joann, but you can also get it from Amazon for about a dollar more.

chunky yarn and paper mache cones on a table

The technique to make them is the same that we used for the DIY Mambo Yarn Trees and the DIY Faux Fur Trees I’ll be showing you right now. The beauty of our trees—and what sets them apart from other faux fur trees you may have seen on Pinterest—is that ours are not made from faux fur at all!

In fact, if you want to get all technical about it, ours really should be called faux faux fur trees.

But that just sounds silly.

So here’s the deal—our trees are made from yarn.

Okay, okay, fine – it is faux fur yarn, but you get my point.

And making faux fur trees from yarn is quicker, easier and cheaper than making them with craft fur.

But the best part of all?

We think they look much better than craft fur trees!

DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display

So what are you waiting for, madam? Let’s go!

faux fur yarn and paper mache cones on a table

DIY Faux Fur Trees Video Tutorial

Check out just how quick and easy these faux fur trees are in the video below. For those who prefer to read, just keep scrolling!

DIY Faux Fur Trees Tutorial

So this yarn is called Go For Faux – Thick & Quick.

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And as you can see, Thick & Quick comes in many colors. Here are 3 of the 4 we bought.

faux fur yarn and paper mache cones on a table

Step 1 – Grab your yarn and squeeze.

Why?

Because it’s soft, and it feels delightful, that’s why!

man holding faux fur yarn

Step 2 – Glue the tip

Just a little dab’ll do ya.

applying hot glue to the tip of a paper mache cone

Step 3 – Start wrapping

So a funny thing happened while filming the video from which these photos came.

Handan came up with the idea for these faux fur trees (naturally), and before we started filming, she showed me her technique for wrapping them.

It was Saturday morning, and I had just woken up.

I made my usual iced coffee (no matter the season or weather, it’s always iced coffee for me—for Handan, it’s the opposite) and then I shuffled into the craft room to start filming.

Slurp slurp slurp – I guzzled my cold brew while Handan readied the scene for the video.

A short while later, I was ready for action!

“It’s easy my babes.” Handan said. “You just wrap it like this.”

She wound the yarn around the cone like a wheel spinning backwards.

She made a tree in less than a minute.

“Wrap it. Got it.” I said.

Good grief, enough with the lesson, woman! Lemme at it!

attaching yarn to the top of a paper mache cone

Showtime.

The camera rolled and I stepped up to the craft table.

Hot glue on the tip. Easy!

Put the end of the faux fur yarn on the glue. Child’s play!

Wrap the yarn.

Wrap the yarn!

I wrapped and wrapped, but something wasn’t right.

I wrapped some more, and then all the yarn I wrapped popped off from the tip.

“My babes, what are you doing? You’re pushing the yarn up.” Handan said.

“I’m not!” I protested. “It just keeps sliding up!”

Cut!

wrapping faux fur yarn around a paper mache cone

We stopped filming.

“Watch.” She said and whipped off another tree. “See? It’s easy!”

“Easy. Got it.” I said.

But it wasn’t!

And now I was jittery from the coffee.

My hands trembled, and I tried again to wrap the stupid yarn around the stupid cone.

And again I failed.

What the hell?

I tried once more, and again, I just couldn’t wrap without squeezing the coils up and off the cone.

Handan kept telling me how easy it was, so why couldn’t I do it?

There I stood with quivering hands and a baffled look on my face.

applying hot glue to a cone

What’s wrong with me?

Handan gave me the side eye and opened her mouth to say, “My babes – it’s…”

“Don’t say it! It’s not easy!” I said

What was I doing wrong?

And then it hit me.

wrapping yarn around a cone form

I was blindly following Handan’s way of wrapping – the backwards spinning wheel motion – but that was all wrong for me!

“I got it!” I yelled and grabbed another cone. “Watch this, my babes!”

I put glue on the tip like a glue ninja. Then I stuck the end of the faux fur yarn onto the glue like a yarn champion.

And then I started wrapping the other way – like a wheel spinning forward!

Ah-HA!

I wrapped a perfect faux fur tree in about a minute.

“Good job, my babes!” Handan beamed, and the relief was evident in her eyes. I think she may have been about to call the men with white coats and butterfly nets!

Long story short – wrap your way, not mine!

wrapping faux fur yarn around a paper mache cone

So by the time I got around to making the tree you see here, it was 2 in the afternoon. After my initial failures, I wanted to take a break before filming again.

My babes and I also wanted to go buy more yarn. When we got back from that, I went out and planted some garlic.

After planting my garlic, I washed my hands, but apparently I missed a bit of dirt under my left thumbnail.

Look, I’m just pointing it out so you don’t think I’m some unwashed bum with dirty fingernails!

That’s just good wholesome garden soil under that nail! 🙂

putting hot glue on a cone

Glue and wrap, glue and wrap, glue and wrap.

Unlike the Mambo Yarn Trees, with these faux fur trees, you don’t have to try to keeping the yarn straight or aligned. It’s just Glue and Wrap!

wrapping faux fur yarn around a cone form

Though we made many trees with just glue at the tip and then again at the base, we found it’s easier to put a little glue on the cone every 3 wraps or so.

applying hot glue onto a paper mache cone
applying hot glue to a craft cone
wrapping yarn around a craft cone
wrapping yarn around a craft cone

Near the base, I glued a little more often.

putting hot glue near the base of a craft cone
putting hot glue near the base of a craft cone
wrapping faux fur yarn around a paper mache cone
putting hot glue near the base of a craft cone
wrapping faux fur yarn around a paper mache cone

When I was just about out of cone, I measured out the rest of the yarn I’d need and then cut.

cutting yarn after making a faux fur tree on a craft cone

One last dab of hot glue…

putting hot glue near the base of a craft cone
wrapping faux fur yarn around a paper mache cone

And a final trim.

cutting yarn after making a faux fur tree on a craft cone

Done! These faux fur trees are not only easier than craft fur trees—they’re even easier than the Mambo Yarn Trees!

hands showing a diy faux fur yarn tree

We love the look of the 3 types of yarn trees in this year’s vintage/farmhouse Christmas display.

DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display

How do you like our faux fur trees and our Irresistible yarn trees?

DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display

Which of the 3 styles is your favorite?

DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display
DIY Faux Fur Trees in a Christmas Display

Oh, and by the way – these little sleighs in silver and red are actually Dollar Store Christmas tree ornaments, but we think they make awesome candle holders! Get yourself a handful before they run out this year!

dollar store candle holder

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39 Comments

  1. Wow! Who would think yarn trees would look so darn cute! I love the whole display! And it really looks great in front of your antiqued mirror! Great job!

    1. Definitely the fur trees! Found yarn at Joanns and our Hobby Lobby has the cones. Making a trip there in a bit. Love the easy, no hassle decorations!!

  2. I just love your site. You always make me laugh. I try to do some of your stuff but we live in a very small town. The closest Joann or Michaels is 2 hours away. I love your free prints and I do try some of those. I did some of your Halloween jar labels so much fun. I love Halloween. Thanks again for the laughs. You guys are perfect. From GMA in the woods.

    1. Thank you so much, Mary! I’m so happy you’ve been able to try some of our projects It is tough when you’re not near any stores. Fortunately, Amazon sells most of the supplies as well. Happy Halloween to you! 🙂

  3. Let me just say all of those trees are gorgeous and you’re timing couldn’t be any better. I’m putting together a Christmas village this year but the typical bottle brush trees are so ho hum and loaded with glitter. After reading your post this morning, I’ve already been to the store to buy the yarn. The faux fur yarn is sold at the big “W” for around $15 for a double skein. Now to sit back and wait for the cones. Awesome tutorial!

  4. oooh!! Can’t wait to try these. My friend is so Buffalo-plaid-everything. Guess what she is getting for Christmas?

  5. Irresistibly furtastic!! Love all your trees. When a righty shows a lefty how to do something, you need to remember to reverse it!! Frustrating, but I used to love to teach lefties how to write because I could sit next to them and put my hand over theirs easily…righties, I has hanging out over their shoulder!

    1. Thank you, Susan! Yeah, it was so frustrating! We’re both righties, but she just winds things opposite to me. LOL, such a trivial thing gave me so much trouble! 😀

  6. Ugh, I love these too! I have been buying a lot of craft supplies lately but what’s a few more?! Lol! I saw a t-shirt recently that says “I’ve come to realize that buying craft supplies and actually using them, are two different hobbies”. I could not agree more! This is so simple though that I am 95% sure I will get some made before Christmas THIS year!

  7. Love all your trees! Too cute!

    Question: do you have a download available for the “Merry Christmas” banner in this post? And I’d love one for Thanksgiving too if you one that’s similar. I made the one for Halloween and everyone at work loves it so I need to keep impressing them with your work! Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Katina! We don’t have the Merry Christmas banner available yet, but hold tight – it is coming! I don’t think we have any plans at the moment for a Thanksgiving one though.

  8. I think my favourites are still the mambo yarn trees but it’s seriously a close battle. If someone had said “faux fur trees” I probably would have scoffed but they do look really good! And once again, I didn’t know that such a product even existed because I could’ve used fur yarn a number of times in the past had I known! I don’t know about you, Greg, but buying craft supplies is definitely a hobby of mine. As Giselle said above, buying and using them are a different matter, though!

  9. I love these trees. I’ve made several like yours already. But I started at the bottom but I think it might be easier to start from the top like you did. I’m going to try that today. Thanks so much for this video.

    1. I will definitely be having my guests make these at my christmas party!
      I’m not crafty by any means, so I’m not sure how much yarn to get. How much yarn for each large tree would you say?

  10. I LOVE this!! It gives a whole cozy Christmas feel that I can’t wait to try! Great job and wonderful post that was so easy to follow ♥️

    1. Holy crap! Yeesh, this pandemic has been brutal to certain craft supplies! Those cones were only a couple of dollars back when we first published this post a year ago. Ugh, it’s so frustrating what these sellers are doing! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ve updated the link to Michaels’ foam cones. Let’s hope things get back to normal soon. This is ridiculous!

  11. Hi! Do you have a DIY for the cute MERRY CHRISTMAS wreath that is in some of your cute wrapped yarn wreaths?