Thursday, August 8, 2013

Crochet Christmas tree and three ways to use it.

I love Christmas. The fact that God's Son came to this world as a little baby, and had to depend on His creation (Mary) to be fed, bathed, changed... really blows my mind. He humbled Himself to that point and didn't stop there, He went all the way to the cross. The wooden cross. That horrible thing cut out of a tree. Trees symbolize life, yet that one was used for death. But neither the cross nor the tomb held Jesus. He defeated death, and He is ALIVE and ready to forgive us for choosing to do the wrong things that put Him on that cross. What an AMAZING LOVE!!!! So thinking about all that, I thought of the Christmas tree. We use one every year because it reminds us of the life Christ brought to us through 3 things: His birth, His death and His resurrection. No wonder Jesus, as a baby, got 3 precious gifts. Here is a crochet Christmas tree that can be used in 3 different ways.

1. It can be used as a refrigerator magnet during the Christmas season. Just glue a magnet on the back like shown below.

 2. It can be used to decorate a gift wrapping, and still be a magnet. Just pin it to the bow.

   3. It can also be used on a card
Supplies used for the tree
Paddy Green and Wood Brown yarn (Red Heart Super Saver)
Plated beads (sewed to the tree)
Adhesive star (you can use a fabric one, if you prefer)
2 1/4 in piece of magnet from roll
Spray adhesive
Hook  size F - 3.75mm
 Tree Pattern
Begin with the green yarn
Row 1: ch 13, ch one to go up and sc in each st. ch 1 and turn
Row2: sc in the next 12 st, leave the last sc undone, ch 1 and turn
Row 3: sc in 11 st, leave the last sc undone, ch 1 and turn (repeat the process through the next 9 rows. Fasten off and weave the end.
Count the st at the bottom of the tree. Use the 4 st in the middle.
Join the brown yarn in the beginning of the 4st with 2ch
Row 1: sc in 4 st (the smaller side of the brown yarn should be held behind the st, so the 4 sc will hide it), ch 1 and turn
Row 2: sc in 4st. fasten off and weave end in. 

Supplies used for the card
Paper: Dark red and white (the Paper Studios)

Tools: Cutting/ embossing machine (Sizzix), Ornament frame embossing folder (Darice), green metallic gel pen.
Stamp: Merry Christmas (Stampabillities)
Ink: Grass green marker (Recollections)

I want to make several of these little trees as refrigerator magnets, put them in a tulle bag and add a handmade tag that tells about what the tree represents. How about you? How are you going to use your crochet tree? 

Thank you for checking out my blog. May the love of God bring joy and peace to your heart.
Vanias Reed