December 09, 2015

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Trees

When my husband sorted out a cotton sweater with a cable pattern, I cut it up and put the pieces in my fabric stash with the idea to make sweater trees for Christmas. Some weeks ago I rummaged through a box filled with rusty parts and found the perfect tree trunks for this project.

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Trees
I dyed one piece of the sweater in a medium gray because I wanted the trees to look a bit different. Additionally, I used the left side instead of the right side of the knit fabric for the smaller tree. To give the trees a certain stability and to prevent the fiber filling to poke through the little holes, I sewed inlets from heavy weight muslin first and covered them with the sweater material.

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Tree

Christmas ornaments made from star-shaped thread cards

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Tree
The Christmas ornaments I used to embellish the trees, are a few years old. I made them from star-shaped thread cards, a bit of paint, pieces of lace and glass cabochons.

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Trees

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Tree

I keep my Christmas decoration rather simple this year and I love it. I’ve sorted out and given away a lot of Christmas ornaments and other décor pieces. My taste has changed so much and I had been in a serious decluttering mood. Almost everything super cute has left the building. Has your Christmas decoration style changed as well over the last few years?

The sweater trees will join these great parties:

Vintage Inspiration at My Salvaged Treasures
Vintage Charm at My Thrift Store Addiction
Create - Share - Inspire at The Wicker House
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice


Dorthe said...

Hello sweetie, Julia,
your trees are looking wonderful, "dressed" in your husband `s old sweater ,
and the beautiful ornament. Love the display, with the deer , and old books from Germany . Yes I can see you have changed style a lot, since parting from Germany, more neutral, more "simple" but looking gorgeous ,too.
I have to admit I`m still with the glitter for christmas,lol, and doubt I will ever change, but I love your creations I have seen this last year .
I hope all is well, and send you big hugs and much love.
Your Dorthe

Anonymous said...

Love the sweater trees! So pretty, soft and eye-catching!

Tamara said...

these are so charming and pretty. I love everything about this post.. such an inspiration! Christmas joy to you.


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Love it!!!! You are so creative and talented! Oh, yeah, I've been decluttering too . . . YET I still seem to have STUFF!! I thought I'd keep my decorations simple this year as well but it still seems I put out a lot but definitely less than in the past. I too have gotten rid of a lot of my Christmas decor, style changes, although I keep some things "traditional" because of hubby!

Awesome trees, my talented friend!!


junemac2 said...

Julia, you are amazing. What imagination. Love these trees.

Pendra said...

These are adorable! My Sister is a BIG knitter and she would love these. As well as cleaning out some closets, it's a wonderful way to recycle what you already have... great idea!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Julia,
Oh my gosh these are so sweet. You are so creative. Just love these cute sweater trees.

White Lace and Promises said...

How beautiful!

Mellowood Gallery said...

these are seriously cute and I enjoyed seeing them and the process of making them - thanks for sharing

Roosterhead Designs said...

Wow these tree's are amazing! I love how 'simple' but so creative they are; up-cycled to boot! how cleaver to reverse the fabric for the other tree for such a different look.
I am so taken by the ornaments you made from the star shaped thread cards. Beautiful work! Take care, ~Karen O

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I'm just in love with the little snowflake ornaments.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

How do you dream up these ideas? Wow, these are so charming! Love the bases and the extras you added. Great job!!

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

These are adorable, Julia!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Oh, I absolutely adore your Christmas trees, dear Julia.
You are simply amazing, my friend:) Have a wonderful upcoming weekend.
Hugs and love,

Lisa Gist Walker said...

Beautiful work, love it ALL! If you have a few moments to share a few more details it would be great to know the rough dimensions of the trees--or at least height--and what technique you settled on to attach or stabilize the trees to their rusty hardware trunks. Merry Christmas and happy new year filled with all the making and creating you desire!

amy of studio four corners said...

these are great - simple but sophisticated! I've keep decorating pretty simple myself this year...seems to be the mindset of many...enjoy your holidays Julia!

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia,
ich bin HIN UND WEG! Das ist die süßeste und hübscheste DIY-&-Recycling-Idee, die mir zu Weihnachten je untergekommen ist! Und ich hoffe doch SEEEHR, dass du sie im Jänner, wenn dann meine neue Aktion startet, dort noch verlinkst! So, wie ich überhaupt hoffe, dass du dich daran häufig beteiligen wirst, schließlich wird "neues Leben für alte Sachen" eines der Teilthemen dieser Aktion sein!
Ha, und da is'er ja, der Hirsch :o)
Sein Bruder lässt ihn herzlich grüßen und die Katzen winken ebenfalls in deine Richtung und natürlich auch deinen Katzen :o))
Ganz herzliche rostrosige Adventgrüße
von der Traude

white and vintage said...

Hallo Julia,
ich bin immer wieder total erstaunt, was für Ideen du hast und wie du sie umsetzt. Ich wechsle auch immer wieder gerne meine Weihnachtsdeko aus. All zu viel verwende ich nicht, aber ein bisschen darf es schon sein.
Ganz liebe Grüße und ein schönes, erholsames Wochenende wünscht dir,

Anonymous said...

You clever thing!!!!!
I have fallen in love with those trees and such a clever idea to re-cycle an old sweater into the most beautiful and unique up-cycled Christmas trees and the springs work so perfectly with the style.
The decorations are the cherry on the icing on the cake!!!!
Your home must be brimming over with the most special of festive decorations.

Sherry Cole said...

This is one of my favorite Christmas projects that I have seen this year! Thanks for sharing.

Sum of their Stories said...

These are so pretty and VERY classy.
My kids are all almost grown but sadly they still won't let me get rid of anything in the way of decorations that they know and love. I'm thinking when they all finally leave home maybe they can take some of the cutesy stuff with them and I can have something sophisticated and colour co-ordinated!

Lynn Stevens said...

Love your tree Just adorable!
Hugs Lynn

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello dear Julia,
I have to say I just LOVE your recycled cable sweater Christmas trees with your rusty stems. The reindeer and book props are so perfect to display them. I too have a less ornate vignette this year in keeping it simple but still with some of my loved ornaments.
Thank you for supporting Liz's Animal Rescue Centre auctions. She has been so generous in offering so many wonderful French vintage items to this end!Love the collage you created to advertise it also.
Love and hugs to you dear friend and hope you are doing well as you declutter as I too am doing here!
Suzy xox

Unknown said...

That's a brilliant idea! You've made my day by these lovely trees! The words of wishes are also to the point. Thanks for sharing!
Commented on Winter Holidays Abroad at

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

The sweater with the rusty parts are a perfect match! I love your ornament embellishment too! Yes, my taste in Christmas décor has changed dramatically and I want to get rid of all the cutesy stuff too! I tend to decorate for winter more so I can leave it out till March!

My thrift store addiction said...

Julia, the trees are fabulous but I am especially taken with the ornaments--gorgeous for any time of the year! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm! Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Hi Julia, I am absolutely in love with this idea. What a terrific way to repurpose an old sweater. Thank you so much for linking up at Create • Share • Inspire. I hope to see you back tonight!

Alicia xo

Carmen Country said...

Ciao Giulia,
COMPLIMENTI ...crei delle cose bellissime, hai delle idee sempre nuove!!!
E' sempre bello vedere i tuoi post!!!
Auguri buone Feste...Carmen

Anneke said...

hi Julia.
Your Christmas trees are just beautiful and gorgeous.
such a stunning design with the fabric.
I hope you are alright and i wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

hugs from Anneke

Debra said...

The sweater trees are so adorable. I like how you paired the sweaters with rusty metal.

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia,
ich hab da mal eine Frage: Ich "bastle" nämlich gerade an meinem letzten Posting vor Weihnachten, und da möchte ich u.a. natürlich auch zeigen, womit du mir eine große Freude bereitet hast. Und wenn du nichts degegen hast, dann würde ich in meinem Beitrag auch eins deiner Fotos aus diesem Post hier zeigen, weil die, die dich noch nicht kennen, dadurch einen Eindruck von deiner Kunst bekommen und weil ich sowieso ganz vernarrt in den Anblick deiner speziellen Bäumchen bin. Deswegen meine Frage: Darf ich?
Ganz herzliche rostrosige Grüße samt lieben Fellchenkraulern und einen schönen vierten Advent,

Linda Nelson said...

Absolutely fabulous looking!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow has my style changed...I got rid of everything pink and lacy,,,yep, tastes have changed a lot! I have never seen sweater trees, seldom do you see a new and adorable idea on the web! I love the look!


Gaby Bee said...

WOW,the imagination you have, you create such beauty with such simple objects. Brilliant, Julia!

Love and hugs to you my friend for the festive season. Hope it’s a fabulous Christmas for you and yours! Best wishes for the New Year.

Hugs, Gaby

June said...

Oh Julia, I LOVE your sweater trees! What a creative soul you have. The way you fashioned them with those rusty tree trunks---LOVE IT! A beautiful addition to your Christmas decor my dear.
Thank you for your lovely comment. Seeing you had stopped by was such a joy!

Wishing you a magical Christmas!
hugs from me...

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your sweater trees are wonderful I seen them on My Salvaged treasures party

Merry Christmas ' Janice

handmade by amalia said...

I saw the trees at the My Salvaged Treasures party and had to come over for a closer look. They are gorgeous. Happy holidays.

Pili said...

These are adorable, Julia!! I think I have some old sweaters around here, I will give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration and Merry Christmas!


Unknown said...

What a fabulous idea!!! So chic and adorable!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Happy New Year!!!

Darla said...

Sweet stuff !!!!

Unknown said...

Liebe Julia, diese Bäumchen sind wunderschön.
Mir gefällt die Mischung aus romantischem und industrial.
Tolle, was man alles aus gebrauchten machen kann.
Die Ornamente sind auch sehr schön und bestimmt flexibel verwendbar.
Vielen Dank für deinen Besuch in Villa Türmchen, Jana
Dear Julia, i like these trees, these combination from romantic and industrial style.
Its fantastic, what you creat from used things.
Thanks for your visit in villa türmchen, Jana

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thumbs up !~ I've a box of my dad's recycled sweaters and started some ornaments for family gift giving. Maybe this is incentive to finish them. Thanks...