Approx 9" Christmas Tree

Size 10 crochet thread
Steel crochet size 7
30 red and crystal 9 mm beads + 1 x 5 mm gold bead for star
6" square piece of white poster board
9" tall styrofoam tree shape + 3" tall one

NOTE: The cone shaped tree is made first with the bottom ruffle of the tree attached to the bottom of the tree form. Then each ruffle is made, working up the tree form. The top ruffle is made separately; lastly, the tree base with trunk and star are made.
Tree form and bottom ruffle:
Starting at top of tree form, ch 5, sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 4 ( counts as tr ), * tr in ring * rep 19 more times, sl st to join. ( 21 tr ).
Rnd 2: Ch 4, tr in each tr around, sl st to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 5, tr in next tr, * ch 1, tr in next tr * rep around, ending with ch 1, sl st in 4th ch of beg ch 5 to join.
( 21 ch-1 sps ).
Rnds 4-9: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 10: Ch 6, tr in next tr, * ch 2, tr in next tr * rep around, ending with ch 2, sl st in 4th ch of beg ch 6 to join.
( 21 ch-2 sps ).
Rnds 11-15: Rep Rnd 10.
Rnd 16: Ch 7, tr in next tr, * ch 3, tr in next tr * rep around, ending with ch 3, sl st in fourth ch of beg ch 7.
( 21 ch-3 sps ).
Rnds 17-18: Rep Rnd 16.
Rnd 19: ( beg ruffle ): Ch 1, sc in same st, * ( ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc ) in next sp, ch 4, sc in next tr * rep from * around, ending with ( ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc ) in last sp, ch 1, dc in beg sc. ( 84 ch-4 loops ).
Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in first loop, * ch 4, sc in next ch 4 loop * rep around, ending with ch 1, dc n beg sc.
( 84 ch- 4 loops ).
Rnds 21-23: Rep Rnd 20.
Rnd 24: Ch 7, sl st in fourth ch of ch 7, dc in same ch 4 loop, ch 2 ( first picot made ), * dc in next ch 4 loop, ch 4, sl st in top of dc, dc in same ch 4 loop, ch 2 ( next picot made ) * rep around, ending with ch 2, sl st in third ch of beg ch 7. Fasten off. ( 84 picots ).
NOTE: Ref to Fig 1 for placement of second through sixth ruffles.
Second Ruffle: Attach thread to tr of third space from beg of bottom ruffle. Rep Rnds 19-24.
Third Ruffle: Attach thread to tr of third sp from beginning of second ruffle.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, * ( ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc ) in next sp * rep around, ending with ( ch 4, sc, ch 4, sc ) in last sp, ch 1, dc in beg ch 1. ( 63 ch-4 loops ).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first loop, * ch 4, sc in next ch 4 loop * rep around, ending with ch 1, dc in beginning ch 1. ( 63 ch-4 loops ).
Rnds 3-5: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 24 of bottom ruffle. ( 63 picots ).
Fourth Ruffle: Attach thread to tr of third sp from beginning of third ruffle. Rep Rnds 1-6 of Third Ruffle.
Fifth Ruffle: Attach thread to tr of third sp from beginning of fourth ruffle.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, * ( ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc ) in next sp * rep around, ending with ( ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc ) in last sp, ch 1, hdc in beginning ch 1. ( 63 ch-3 loops ).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first loop, * ch 3, sc in next ch 3 loop * rep around, ending with ch 1, hdc in beginning ch 1.
( 63 ch-3 loops ).
Rnds 3-5: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 6: Ch 7, sl st in fourth ch of ch 7, dc in same ch 3 loop, ch 2 ( first picot made ), * dc in next ch 3 loop, ch 4, sl st in top of dc, dc in same ch 3 loop, ch 2 ( next picot made ) * rep around, ending with ch 2, sl st in third ch of beginning ch 7. Fasten off. ( 63 picots ).
Sixth Ruffle. Attach thread to tr of third space from beginning of fifth ruffle.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, * ( ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc ) in next sp, ( ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc ) in next sp * rep around, ending with ( ch 3, sc ) in last sp, ch 1, hdc in beginning ch 1. ( 52 ch 3 loops ).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first loop, * ( ch 3, sc in next ch 3 loop ) * rep around, ending with ch 1, hdc in beginning ch 1.
( 52 ch-3 loops ).
Rnds 3-5: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 6 of fifth ruffle. Fasten off. ( 52 picots ).
Top Ruffle: Starting at top of top ruffle, ch 5, sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 4, * tr in ring * 19 more times, join with sl st. ( 21 tr ).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, * ch 3, sc in next tr * rep around, ending with ch 1, hdc in beginning ch 1. ( 21 ch-3 loops ).
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first loop, * ch 3, sc in next ch loop * rep around, ending with ch 1, hdc in beginning ch 1.
( 21 ch-3 loops ).
Rnds 4-6: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 7: Ch 7, sl st in fourth ch of ch 7, dc in same ch 3 loop, ch 2, ( first picot made ), * dc in next ch 3 loop, ch 4, sl st in top of dc, dc in same ch 3 loop, ch 2 ( next picot made ) * rep around, ending with ch 2, sl st in third ch of beginning ch 7. Fasten off. ( 21 picots ).
Tree Base: Starting at center of base, ch 25, sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in same ch. Work 2 dc in each ch around, join with sl st. ( 50 dc ).
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with sl st. ( 50 dc ).
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc * rep around, join with sl st. ( 75 dc ).
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc, * dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc * rep around, join with sl st. ( 100 dc ).
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in each dc, around, join with sl st. ( 100 dc ).
Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in same st, * hdc in each of the next 5 dc, 2 hdc in next dc * rep around, join with sl st. Fasten off.
( 117 hdc ).
Trunk: Starting at top of trunk, join with a sl st in any st in center circle of tree base.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in each st, around, join with sl st. ( 25 dc ).
Rnds 2-3: Rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 4: Ch 4, tr in same dc * tr in next dc, 2 tr in next dc * rep around, join with sl st. ( 38 tr ).
Rnd 5: Ch 4, tr in each tr, around, join with sl st. ( 38 tr ).
Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in each tr, around, join with sl st. Fasten off. ( 38 hdc ).
Star: Starting at center of star, ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: * Ch 3, tr in ring, ch 3, sl st in top of tr, tr in ring, ch 3, sc in ring * rep around, 4 more times, join with sl st. Fasten off.
Finishing: Place crochet tree ( without separate top ruffle ) on plastic covered 9" tall cone. Cut off remaining base of plastic covered cone. Allow to dry a little before shaping. Pinch and pull bottom ruffle, shaping into branches; pin to foam base. Shape remaining ruffles. For top ruffle, insert a small piece of crumpled plastic wrap into centre of top ruffle. Place top ruffle on top of tree, shape and pin ruffle to cone.
To make shaping form for tree truck, cut off 1/2" at top of 3" tall cone ( Fig. 9 ) and discard top piece; cover remaining piece with plastic wrap. Place cone inside centre of trunk and with trunk upside down, pin tree base to foam base ( Fig 10 ). For support, glue crochet tree base to 6" square of poster board, trim board even with outer edge of crochet tree base. Glue tree onto tree base and glue top ruffle onto top of tree. Glue or sew beads to edges of ruffles and glue gold bead to center of star. For support, glue crochet tree base to 6" square poster board and trim outer edge of board even with crochet base of tree. Glue tree onto tree base; glue top ruffle onto top of tree; glue star at top of tree. Glue small bead to centre of star.