How to Make a Scarf Christmas Tree

A little while back I made the Christmas wreath seen here from thrifted scarves . Another great way to use a scarf is to make a decorative Christmas tree. All I needed to make this tree was a dollar store Happy New Year hat, and a white thrifted scarf
Scarf Christmas Tree

I came up with this idea when I saw these hats at the dollar store. I recently went to a big box craft store when I was in a bigger city visiting family and they had 10″ styrofoam cones for $9.99. Well, that’s just too much for me to pay so I’ve been looking for an easy alternative. And I finally found it. These 18″ hats cost $2 each.


Scarf Christmas Tree

This scarf is 100% polyester and it’s sooo soft, but the best thing is that it’s knitted like muffs… in the round I think they call it. I’m not a knitter so I’m not sure.

But what this means is I can put my hand all the way through and pull one end in through the scarf to meet the other. I did this because the scarf was way too long for the hat and I didn’t want to cut it.

The double thickness  also makes it less likely that you’ll see the hat through the scarf. Once I pulled the scarf through I just placed it over the hat.


Scarf Christmas Tree

Then I pulled up the scarf, gathered it a bit so it would sit nicely on the top of the hat, and then I secured it with two safety pins at the back. I also tucked any excess at the bottom of the hat inside the bottom so it didn’t pool.

And here it is, ready to be decorated.


Scarf Christmas Tree

I used some vintage miniature glass ball ornaments, a silver star, and some silver garlands. All from my stash.

Then I simply inserted the star into the top of the hat, attached the garland at the top behind the star with a small safety pin, and added the balls using small ornament hooks. I tucked the hooks gently up into the inner layer of scarf so they weren’t seen. Here are some close ups of my finished tree.


Scarf Christmas Tree
Scarf Christmas Tree

And here’s my full tree again.


Scarf Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree cost me only $3 for the hat and the scarf. The decorations were from my stash. And I really like that everything can be reused. I just love the blue colour of the vintage glass ball ornaments. I wish I had more to add, but I only had seven.

After Christmas I’ll just take it apart and be all ready for New Year’s Eve. Whoo hoo!!

Have a fabulously festive weekend!


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  1. That is SO SMART! I saw some fabulous scarves in at the Hope Chest (our hospice thrift shop) yesterday. Looks like I need to run in and grab em! Thanks so much for sharing! Love the name of your blog and can't wait to poke around for a bit! *new follower* Merry Christmas! Jules

  2. Just found your blog through Nanny2Mommy's blog hop. I'm following you, feel free to come check out my blog and follow back if you'd like!


  3. Tuula, Thanks for sharing this cute Christmas tree at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the idea using a scarf! Have A Happy Holiday Week!


    1. Thanks Jody! You too!! And thanks for hosting such a great party every week. I always enjoy linking up and browsing the other links. Such fun!

  4. Found you on Nifty Thrifty's Sunday blog hop. This is the most beautiful decoration. If I hadn't seen and read the details I wouldn't have believed it. What a creative lady you are. And talk about thrifty! $3? Wow. I am sharing some lovely photos on my Monday post. Hope you don't mind but this is going to be one of them…with a link, of course.

    I have started a blog hop on Wednesdays. Everyone is invited to stop by Ducks 'n a Row and share their links! New subscriber, here! 🙂

  5. It's amazing what a little ingenuity can do. It looks awesome!

    1. Thanks Laurie! I love white Christmas trees too. I would love to have a large one in my living room. Maybe next year. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. OK this is beyond cute and clever! I am in love with this easy and gorgeous craft! Wow! hugs, Linda

  7. Very creative use of of a hat and a scarf! I passed by eight styrofoam cones at the thrift store marked fifty cents each, and then realized how cheap that was. In those few minutes someone had snapped up every one!

    1. Oh my gosh Donna! What a great deal! Sorry you missed it, but I know what you mean. I've lost a few things in the past by just thinking about it for a minute. Before I knew it there was nothing to think about any more. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Wow, how creative! And it looks so cute! I love it, great job.
    Saw you sharing at Diamond in the Stuff
    Debbie 🙂

  9. Well aren't you living up to your name! Very thrifty and very awesome, the hat is such a good idea, especially with a base. Thanks for sharing xo Merry Christmas!

  10. You creative genius, you! Love it! I swear I could send you a box of random things and you could make something amazing out of it no matter what it was! You are crazy talented 🙂

  11. So clever but just so beautiful, who knew! A party hat into a Christmas Tree!! Now following via GFC and Linky:)

    1. Thanks so much Evelyn! And it's so inexpensive. Thanks for stopping by and following. It's great to have you along.

  12. A tree from a scarf? I was drawn in by the title right away. What a great idea. You truly are thrifty and I love it. I actually HAVE one of these scarves in my closet and will definitely be trying to make one as cute as yours. Thanks so much for sharing. Patti

    1. Thanks Patti! I'm so glad my project has inspired you. This is actually one of the easiest Christmas projects I've ever done, and I think it's so effective. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Love it! You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the party. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. I made a tree close to this but I love the start and the little bulbs…Adorable!!

    I'm having a PINTEREST Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Pinterest. If you don't have Pinterest it's ok, come link up your blog.

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week beginning in January. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

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  15. Tuula–I love your little tree! The scarf was perfect and the color of the ornaments is perfect!
    thanks for sharing at CCC, catching you!

  16. just adorable and so clever! thanks for linking up with creating christmas!!