DIY Link: Yo-Yo Christmas Trees & Product Review

I’ve mentioned my love of Swap-Bot before, and today I’ll show off one of my latest projects that was shipped off several weeks ago to one of my swap partners.  The Yo-Yo Christmas Tree:

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Isn’t it cute?  I love to make yo-yo’s, making them is quite soothing to me for some reason.   Typically I have a pile of them laying around with no clue how to use them and after seeing a yo-yo pumpkin this fall thought I should attempt to make a tree.  Then I saw this fun tutorial from Kiwi at Heart and she had made exactly what I was dreaming up in my head.  She does a great job explaining the process…I only did one thing differently.

Where she uses templates to cut her circles, I decided to try out this fun little gadget I picked up 50% off at Joann’s a while back.

Olfa Circle CutterThe verdict?  I LOVE it!

PROS:
I was able to just adjust the setting to match her dimensions and cut the circles out with no templates.  It works much like using a string & pencil to draw a circle…only this bad boy has a sharp pin to hold it in place and a super shape rotary blade.  Such a time saver…especially when you love to make yo-yo’s as much as I do! I have a quilt I want to make this year that involves circles and I am thinking this little guy might be a life saver when I get to that point.  So if you cut out circles-o-plenty of like I do…it might be the best $15 you spend.

CONS:
It uses a really sharp rotary blade, so you absolutely must use a cutting mat underneath it.  It can also be a bit odd to hold and turn at first, but once you get the hang of it that isn’t really a problem.

Any other recommendations out there for yo-yo construction or quilting gadgets I might also find indispensable?  Please, share!!

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Make sure you check out the yo-yo tree tutorial:  Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Tutorial from Kiwi at Heart

You might also check out Mummy Crafts to see her take on the same tutorial, which also includes a template for cutting the circles.

Fine Print:  I have not been compensated in any way by either Joann’s or Olfa for my review of this product.  It is simply my opinion based on usage of the product I purchased.
    • Shelley
    • July 18th, 2011

    I know this post is super old, but these are super cute! Clover now has a tool out that makes making Yo Yos of all sizes super easy. I picked a couple up at my local craft store.

  1. That’s really cute! For some reason your posts are showing up in my reader – but it says I’m subscribed to it. Hmmm. I may need to unsubscribe and then resubscribe…or something.

  2. I love the tree. I’m going to bookmark it for next year.

  3. I made some of these from the same tutorial! I love the different fabrics in yours though. I made a PDF sheet with circles that you can download at my blog to help out too.
    http://mummycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/yoyo-christmas-tree-done.html

  4. Thanks for linking up to my tutorial
    I love the idea of that tool! who knew something like that existed… maybe not in Australia yet…
    I too love making yo yos!

  5. OMG these are ADORABLE! Love love love them so much!

  1. December 8th, 2010