I am so excited to be a part of the “Christmas in the Camper” series! There are so many incredible bloggers participating, I am honored to be included and can’t wait to see what else everyone has come up with! 15 other bloggers will be sharing ideas throughout the week, so check the links at the bottom and get ready to be inspired!
When you live in a tiny camper you have to be really selective with what ends up inside. Space is such a premium in here and as much as I wanted it, I couldn’t justify a big tree. We used a fresh table top tree last year and that worked fine, but this year I wanted something that would make more of an impact. I started researching “alternative Christmas trees” and found TONS of ideas, there are so many creative people out there! I stumbled upon this woven tree that Anthropologie apparently sold a couple years back and was so inspired-
HOW FREAKING DREAMY IS THAT??? I immediately knew a wall hanging was the perfect solution to our space constraints and if I put a little table underneath we’d have a spot for presents too! I knew going into this project that it was going to be a whole lot of work but could sense that it would be so worth it in the end. This was the perfect project for fall evenings while binging Netflix on the couch, so don’t be intimidated! I used a cheater method and have some tips to help you save time as well.
To make your own “woven” Christmas tree you’ll need-
- Multiple skeins of yarn and textiles in a variety of colors & textures- I didn’t finish a single skein but I used yarn from nearly 20! I used roving, super bulky yarn, “yarn” meant for making dish scrubbies, tinsel like craft ribbon, embroidery floss and so much more!
- Faux fur panels (found near the felt sheets in the craft store)
- Battery operated string lights
- Jingle bells
- 1 latch hook rug canvas
- Latch hook tool
- Plastic yarn needle
- Embroidery needle and thread
- Chunky crochet hook that just barely fits through the grid on your rug canvas
Are you catching onto my cheater method?? I used a latch hook canvas as my base! Before I hit the craft store I made a little mock up in Photoshop to try and get an ida of how the colors in my head would turn out with various textures. I basically just screen grabbed lots of wall weavings I found on Google images and compiled them into the shape of a triangle; it was such a great tool for helping me nail down a color scheme! Then I took my mockup shopping with me and referenced it as I was picking out yarn.Once you’ve got all your supplies it’s time to start! First thing first, you need to figure out how big you want your weaving to be. The size of our tree depended on the size of the one spot I could put it and I ended up with a triangle around a foot wide and 30 in tall. I marked my measurements on my rug canvas and then just cut it out with regular scissors.
Now get to “weaving!” I worked on my piece mostly at night so I don’t have any photos of my actual progress, but I did take some to walk you through the different methods I used to fill the canvas. Beware, this next part is pretty photo heavy!
First up- Roving! (the pink fluffy stuff!)
Using roving is one of the easier and quicker ways to fill your canvas because it takes up so much space and it adds so much visual interest with all that texture!
- Start with your roving on top of your canvas and your crochet hook underneath. Push your hook up through the canvas and pull the roving down back through the canvas
- Pull the rest of the roving underneath the canvas so that the tail end is on the bottom
- Repeat step one and pull a little bit of the roving down
- Repeat and repeat! Don’t pull the roving completely through the canvas, you’re just kind of “bubbling” the yarn!
- When you get to the end of your roving pull the tail all the way through so that both tails are on the underside
Crocheting through the loom is another fast technique! (the pink in the middle!) This method works great with any yarn and is pretty easy to get into a rhythm with.
- Start with your skein of yarn on top of your mat and use your crochet hook to pull the tail to the underside, don’t cut any of the yarn!
- From the top of the canvas reach your hook down and pull a loop of yarn back up to the top. You should still have the yarn tail on the bottom of the mat.
- Wrap the yarn still attached to the skein (on top of the canvas) around your crochet hook and pull it back through the loop on the hook
- Now you’re back with one loop on your hook!
- Before you do another crochet stitch we need to make sure we attach our crochet chain to the canvas; push the hook straight through the next little grid on the canvas
- Repeat step 3 and this time pull the yarn back all the way through the canvas and the loop on the hook
- Repeat repeat repeat! When you’re finished you can cut your yarn and pull the loose end all the way through your last loop. Pull the tail back to the underside of the canvas
- Tie both tail ends together underneath your mat
*If none of that made sense to you watch this video!
Now onto some easier stuff & what this canvas is actually intended for- LATCH HOOK!
All that yummy green texture was made using the latch hook tool! The latch hook tool is neat because you can make super long fringe, short carpet-like patches or even areas that look like fluffy pom poms, and its so simple! To use this method you need lots of lengths of yarn around the same length. The easiest way for me to do this was to just start winding yarn around my hand and then cut the loop in half.
- Slide your latch tool up through one of the grids and center a length of yarn underneath the tool
- Cross the ends of the yarn on top of the tool and start pulling the tool back down through the grid
- The hook will close as you start to pull down, catching the yarn. Finish pulling the yarn through the loop
- BAM! You’ve got a cute lil tassel!
- Keep adding little tassels to fill whatever space you want
- Give your yarn a haircut if you like, it’s pretty neat that you can cut it really short or keep it long for a pretty “waterfall” look!
The last technique is my favorite because it’s so simple and perfect for when you’re feeling lazy 😂 I used this one A LOT! This is where your faux fur panels come in-
I love it so much! All you do with this one is cut your fabric to size and use a needle and thread to tack it down from the underside- SO EASY! This method was pretty much a lifesaver on the final stretch!
I also filled space with tons of pom poms and tassels I made out of yarn and by simply sewing loopy stitches with a plastic needle. It’s fun to kind of experiment with different stitches and textures, so have fun with it!
Once the whole tree was covered I used the copper bells to embellish it. It’s the little details that make such a big difference! I tacked the battery pack onto the back and threaded the individual lights up to the front to hide the wire. To hang my tree I clipped the tip of the canvas and threaded some yarn into a loop!
And that’s all there is to it! I’m not sure if this method was actually any less time consuming than actually weaving it would have been but there was definitely less of a learning curve! I’m so happy with our little tree, I can’t wait to use it for years to come!
Thanks so much for checking out my holiday project! Be sure to check out all of the other talented bloggers below and check back throughout the week as they keep posting their Christmas decorating tips!