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Foraged Winter Greens with DIY Yarn Pops

Front porch decor for the winter

One mild and sunny November afternoon, I gathered the family in the car and took them for a leisurely drive in the country. With pruning shears in tow (ok, I may have had a slightly ulterior motive for the drive, or shall we just say I was multi-tasking), we stopped along the side of the road and collected some greenery from the forest. We collected a variety of winter greens including cedar, evergreen and pine to use as decoration on my front porch over the winter. Lucky for us these varieties grow in abundance up here in the country.

If you are not close to the country, you can also purchase an assortment of these greens at your local nursery or grocery store. To save on the cost, purchase the greens loosely and assemble them yourself.  These days, I see finished winter decor at the grocery store and the price always baffles me…$99 for assembled greenery?! Really?

Although my assembled greens look a bit more wild and natural than the store bought version, I like it just the same.

Front porch decor for the winter

To add some colour and interest to your greenery, make these colourful and fun “yarn pops”.

What You’ll Need:

  • Medium to Heavy Weight Yarn Ends (any colour of your choice)
  • Styrofoam Balls, 2.5” (6.3cm)
  • Glue Gun with glue sticks
  • Thin and straight tree branches or sticks, approx. 18”-24” long

Start wrapping the yarn around the ball by first securing the one end in place with a dab of hot glue. It will help to hold the yarn in place as you continue wrapping it around the ball. After doing so many of them, I found it worked best to add a bit of glue periodically as I wrapped. This prevented the yarn from slipping off. The first one took the longest but each time I did, my pace quickened to the point that I had a hard time deciding when to stop making them!


After wrapping the ball 4 to 5 times in one spot, I changed the direction. I applied glue at the pivot point and pressed the yarn in place before continuing to wrap. Be careful to not burn yourself with the hot glue! Continue wrapping 4 to 5 times in that spot before pivoting again.

Work this same pattern until the ball is fully covered. To finish, apply another dab of glue and press the end point securely down. Trim the leftover yarn after the end is secure.

To turn your yarn balls into yarn pops, carefully spread the yarn apart in one spot and push the tree branch into the styrofoam ball until it feels secure.

If putting your yarn pops outside, a covered porch is the best setting to avoid getting too wet.

In cold weather, these greens will last the length of the season. What porch decor do you like to put out for the winter? If you enjoyed this project you may also be interested in our free e-book, “DIY Rustic Home Decor: 7 Ideas to Infuse Nature into your Home.”. Grab your copy here.

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Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

Thursday 29th of December 2016

Oh my goodness, Jane! Those little yarn balls are seriously cute. I need to make a couple of these trees for our front porch this winter.

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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