In tonight’s movie premiere, A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado, Rochelle Aytes plays Erin, who is in charge of the town’s Christmas celebration. She needs to convince firefighter Kevin (played by Mark Taylor) to let her cut down the gorgeous spruce tree on his property for the town’s tree lighting. (Find out more about the movie here!)
Of course, a Christmas tree ornament is the obvious choice to go along with this fun film! I decided to use a new technique this time and crochet the tree base, then decorate it with beads. If you don’t know how to crochet, you could cut a triangle from green felt instead, or check out my Crochet 101 series.
CROCHET TREE ORNAMENT
sewing needle and thread
Crocheting the Tree
Row 1: ch 12.
Row 2: dc in third chain from hook and in the rest of the chain stitches (10 dc). ch 2 and turn.
Row 3: skip first dc, dc in next 7 dc, skip next dc, dc in last dc (8 dc). ch 2 and turn.
Row 4: skip first dc, dc in next 5 dc, skip next dc, dc in last dc (6 dc). ch 2 and turn.
Row 5: skip first dc, dc in next 3 dc, skip next dc, dc in last dc (4 dc). ch 2 and turn.
Row 6: skip first dc, dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in last dc (2 dc). turn (do not ch 2!)
Row 7: dc in center dc.
Tie slip knot, cut excess, and work ends into the back.
Once your tree shape is complete, glue a real or faux stick to the back for the trunk. Then, thread a needle and use it to string beads on the tree for a garland.
You can use any size, shape, color, or kind of beads you like. Just thread the needle from back to front, add some beads, and send the needle through to the back again. Repeat several times until your tree is “decorated.” You could also glue individual beads, sequins, or other decorations in place instead if you prefer. Feel free to add a topper or whatever you want to use; no two trees or people are alike!
The final step is to add a hanger. I glued a loop of silver cord to the back of my tree, but you can also use twine, ribbon, or yarn.
If you try making this ornament, I’d love to see how yours turns out. Be sure to share your photos of this or any other projects you’re working on in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group.
Before you go, take a look at these other ornaments celebrating the movie premieres in the Hallmark Countdown To Christmas series!