Mix and Match Christmas Tree Decorations

Last week, I shared these Christmas tree patterns and promised that I would be back this week with some tiny decorations for them.

Well here they are!

Unfortunately, I’m not super creative when it comes to Christmas tree decorations, so I went with the more traditional looks. 

Below, you’ll find patterns for ball ornaments, a star/star topper, a garland, a Santa hat, a bow and an angel topper. If there are other decorations that you would like to see, drop a comment below and I will try to come up with something!

To create these adorable little goodies, I used craft cord. It’s similar to embroidery thread (and in fact, I found it right next to the embroidery thread in Michael’s), but the strands are more plied together and it’s less likely that you will catch only part of it rather than the whole thing.

I bought a big pack and used blue, red, white, green and yellow. Because I made two stars, I ended up needing to go into a second yellow (the little skeins are 10 yards apiece), so if you make everything like I did, you’ll need 1 of each, except the yellow which needs 2. And if you’re using a different brand or embroidery thread (which would be totally fine!), the yardage may be different and I would plan on two a piece.

I used a 2.0mm crochet hook and used a scrap piece of embroidery thread as a stitch marker. 

For the items that need a little stuffing inside, I used a small yarn end (about 2 inches for the ball ornaments and the ball on the Santa hat and a little bit smaller for the angel head). Yay for some uses for those ends!

I also used a spare tapestry needle to stick the bow into the top of the tree. This isn’t necessary if you don’t want your decorations to be removable (and I didn’t make the ball ornaments removable on my tree), but I wanted some of the items to be able to be moved around so the little guys could help decorate, too!

If you don’t have a spare tapestry needle, some other small blunt piece would be ideal. If you have an earring making kit around, I think a blank stud would work great (I will let you know if I can ever find the one that I have around here somewhere). If you come up with some other ideas, I would love to hear them!

Ok, I think that’s everything you need to know, so let’s get to the patterns!

Also, if you’re wondering how these Christmas trees are more scrunched down, you can do it, too! Take a length of yarn and sew it through from the bottom up to the top (this is quite challenging on the largest tree, but is possible). At the top, choose a stitch to the side of the center point and run the thread around it and back down. Do the same on the other side of the center point with a separate length of yarn. Tighten them as equally as possible and tie into a knot on the bottom of the tree and weave in the ends. You MUST choose two stitches to the sides of the center or you will end up with a weirdly rounded tree!

Christmas Tree Forest Decoration Patterns

Yarn and Hook Info

Loops and Threads craft cord, 10 yds/9.14 m per skein, 100% cotton. It’s similar to a weight 1, super fine yarn. (Or something like this)

Hook- 2.0 mm crochet hook.

Gauge

This is honestly so small, that gauge is not really important. What is important is to use a hook small enough to keep any stuffing from showing through.

Finished Dimensions

  • Ball Ornament- .5 inch by .5 inch.
  • Garland- varies by tree size and by personal preference.
  • Bow- 1.5 inches by .75 inch.
  • Star/Star Topper- star is 1.75 inches by 1.75 inches and topper is .75 inch by .75 inch.
  • Angel Topper- 1 inch by .75 inch.
  • Santa Hat Topper- 1.5 inches by 1 inch.

Abbreviations

Sc- single crochet

Inc- increase

Dec- decrease

Sl st- slip stitch

Dc- double crochet

Ch- chain

St(s)- stitch(es)

Ball Ornaments

For the ornaments, I used yellow, red and blue. The ornaments are made in a spiral round, so the use of a stitch marker is highly recommended. To begin, create a magic ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into the magic ring. Continue as follows:

Round 2: inc in each st. (12)

Round 3: sc in each st. (12) 

Round 4: dec in each st. (6)

Fasten off, leaving around a 4 inch tail. Stuff with a small yarn end and weave the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close off. If you need to watch the use of yarn/cord, attach your first ornament to the tree before creating more so you can have an idea of how long your tail needs to be.

Garland

For the garland, I used blue. It is made out of a chain. I measured out a length for each tree, but I would encourage you to try the garland on the tree before you fasten off, to be sure it is to the length you want.

For the smallest tree, ch 40.

For the small tree, ch 100.

For the medium tree, ch 130.

For the tallest tree, ch 250.

Bow

For the bow, I used red. This item is made flat, working in rows and sewed together at the end. The turning ch does not count as a stitch.

To begin, ch 6. Starting in the second ch from hook, sc 5. Continue as follows:

Rows 2-27: ch 1, turn, sc 5.

Fasten off, leaving about a 6 inch tail. Sew the beginning end and ending end together, making a circle. Then position this seam in the middle of the back side and wrap the yarn tail as tightly as you can around the middle to pull it down into a bow shape. Tie it off as best you can and weave in whatever remaining end you have.

Star/Star Topper

We will make the star portion first, for which I used yellow. This is worked in a spiral round (so a stitch marker is highly recommended), but does not become a 3-D shape. To begin, create a magic ring, ch 1 and sc 5 into the magic ring. Continue as follows:

Round 2: inc in each st. (10)

Round 3: sl st into first st, ch 4, sl st into next st. Repeat this pattern (sl st, ch 4, sl st) four more times for a total of five chain loops.

Round 4: sl st into first loop, ch 1, [sc, dc 2, ch 3, dc 2, sc], repeat [ ] four more times, then sl st into first sc.

Fasten off and weave in the ending end only if creating the topper, or both ends if just creating the star.

Topper Cone

For the topper cone, I used green and worked in the spiral round (so again, a stitch marker is recommended). To begin, create a magic ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into the magic ring. Continue as follows:

Round 2: inc in each st. (12)

Round 3: sc in each st. (12)

Round 4: [sc in first 2 sts, inc], repeat [ ] four more times. (18)

Rounds 5-7: sc in each st. (18)

Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew the star to the cone and, if desired, the cone to the top of the tree.

Angel Topper

I made the angel topper in a yellow-y gold color. The body of the angel is made in a 3-D spiral round and the wings are made in a flat spiral round and pinched together in the middle.

Body

To start the body, create a magic ring, ch 1 and sc 6 into the magic ring. Continue as follows:

Round 2: inc in each st. (12)

Round 3: dec in each st. (6)

Round 4: sc in each st. (6)

Round 5: inc in each st. (12)

Rounds 6-10: sc in each st. (12)

Fasten off and stuff the head with a small yarn tail. Leave a longer tail if you wish to sew to the tree and weave in if you do not.

Wings

To start the wings, create a magic ring, ch 1 and sc 6 into magic ring. Continue as follows:

Round 2: inc in each st. (12)

Round 3: [sc in first st, inc in next st], repeat [ ] four more times. (18)

Round 4: [sc in first 2 sts, inc in next st], repeat [ ] four more times. (24)

Fasten off, leaving about a 6 inch tail. Wrap the tail a few times around the center of the circle and pull tight, then sew onto the body of the angel. Weave in remaining ends.

Santa Hat Topper

The hat is made in two pieces, the main part of the hat (hat) and the ball that goes on top of the hat. Both are made in the spiral round (so use stitch markers!). The main part of the hat is made in red and white and the ball is made in white.

Hat

To begin use the red and create a magic ring, ch 1 and sc 5 into the magic ring. Continue as follows: 

Round 2: inc in each st. (10)

Round 3: sc in each st. (10)

Round 4: [sc in first st, inc in next], repeat [ ] four more times. (15)

Round 5: sc in each st. (15)

Round 6: [sc in first 2 sts, inc in next], repeat [ ] four more times. (20)

Switch to white before the final yarn over of Round 6 and continue:

Round 7: [sc in first 3 sts, inc in next], repeat [ ] four more times. (25)

Round 8: sc in each st, sl st into first sc. (25)

Fasten off, leaving a 4-6 inch tail and weave in ends.

Ball on Top of Hat

To begin, create a magic ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into the magic ring. Continue as follows:

Round 2: inc in each st. (12)

Round 3: sc in each st. (12) 

Round 4: dec in each st. (6)

Fasten off, leaving around a 6 inch tail. Stuff with a small yarn end and weave the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close off. Sew onto the top of the hat body and weave in remaining end.

Want some other Christmas ideas? Try out this cute and cuddly little Santa Claus! He’ll fit right in with the Christmas trees (even if he does look a bit like a giant!)

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