About two years ago, as I wandered around on Pinterest, I came across a super fun yoyo garland made by Kirsten and featured on the Sew Mama Sew page.
This looked like a great excuse to do something different than a quilt.
I bought a bunch of red and white Christmas prints, a yoyo maker (because I'm too lazy to do it the old fashioned way and it's a great excuse to buy a gadget), and then went hunting for silver buttons, because I had my own vision for this project...... if you haven't made yoyos before, great tutorial over here.
Once I had a nice pile of yoyos with buttons
I found a way to sew them together without the connections breaking (because thread last year seemed great and then the garland broke into many sad little short garlands...)
And then, searching the blogosphere I found a new solution at SouleMama, sent up a silent (okay, maybe it was more like a happy dance) thank you to her and got to work.
Assembled some yoyos
Added some buttons in the middle....
And then used ricrac and hot glue gun to put it all together.
TADA!! Yo yo garland for the tree. And, if this is a bigger project than you'd like to take on you can just make a couple of yoyos, but a hook through and you have a quick and fun Christmas ornament.