Sweater Tree

Skill Level: Beginner

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  • FloraCraft® :
  • Make It: Fun® Foam:
    • Block, 1 15/16" x 11 7/8" x 17 7/8"
    • Block, 1 1/4" x 5" x 12"
  • Design It:®
  • Sweater sleeves, two from each of three – five coordinated sweaters (such as cream, gray and green)
  • Heavy cardboard 12" x 18" and 5" x 7" (can be cut from corrugated box)
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker
  • Toothpicks
  • Large paper clip (hanger loop)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Measure and draw with marker, lines to divide large Foam Block into six 2″ x 18″ long strips. (Last strip will be slightly narrower but that’s okay.) Use metal ruler and Foam Cutter to cut strips. Also cut smaller Foam Block to 4″ x 6″ and set aside for now.
  2. Measure, mark and then cut Foam strips to the following lengths: 20″, 18″, 16″, 14″, 12″, 10″, 8″, 6″, 4″, and 2″. (Tip: For the 20″ length, cut 2″ off the next strip to add to it. That also creates the 16″ length. Similarly, cutting the 14″ length creates the 6″ length; 12″ creates 4″ and 2″ lengths (discarding the other 2″ length); and last, 10″ length creates an 8″ length.)
  3. Optional: Leave Foam angular and skip to Step 4. However, if you want Foam to be rounded, as in photo, create cylinders (rods) from Foam by trimming off corners as follows: Set one shorter length on end and use Foam Cutter to vertically slice off each corner, making the block 8-sided. Then trim off each of those “corners” to round it more. You can smooth rods by rubbing with another piece of Foam (however they do not have to be completely smooth since sweater sleeves are thick.) Repeat with other lengths. (Note: Longer ones can be left in horizontal position on table and trimmed.) Make rods of all Foam lengths.

    Lay rods on table in tree formation, going from shortest at top to longest at bottom. For bottom 20″ rod, hot glue end of 2″ rod onto 18″ rod. Plan sweater sleeve colors to be used on each rod, creating a pattern in how they are repeated.

  4. Use Floral Shears to cut close to seams of sweaters to create flat pieces. (Note: Keep pieces running horizontally so that cable stitching runs with the length.) Then trim pieces to 6″ from top to bottom (which will wrap around rod.) After being certain of where each color sweater piece will go on tree, cut them to correct lengths by taking the length of the rod and adding 2″ for wrapping ends. Save 8″ x 10″ sweater piece for base of tree. (Can be cut from main part of sweater.) 
  5. To wrap, center rod on sweater piece and glue along one long edge. Wrap and glue other long edge butted up against first (not overlapped). Apply glue to one end and press sweater ends into glue. Repeat on other end.
  6. To cover bottom of tree, center 4″ x 6″ Foam onto 8″ x 10″ sweater piece. Pull over sides and glue ends onto back, working on alternating opposite sides to evenly (lightly) stretch. (Note: entire back won’t be covered.)
  7. On 12″ x 18″ vertical piece of cardboard, use pencil and ruler to draw triangle with sides going from both bottom corners up to top center. Cut out. Also have 5″ x 7″ piece cardboard ready.
  8. Set each covered rod onto cardboard with seam side against cardboard. Also, horizontally set 4″ x 6″ covered Foam base, at bottom center of rods and slide vertical 5″ x 7″ cardboard underneath, so that it overlaps cardboard triangle. Remove just the bottom rods and glue together overlapped cardboard pieces. Replace rods, making sure no cardboard shows. Glue each rod to cardboard, working from top down, and gluing base last.
  9. To make hanger loop from paper clip, slightly separate curved ends of paper clip 1/4″. On top back of tree cardboard, hot glue shorter, rounded end of paper clip to cardboard, creating hanger loop with longer end. (If desired, cover glued area with scrap of paper.) Let dry completely, before hanging.

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