One of the best parts about decorating for Christmas is pulling out the ornaments and remembering the special people and circumstances that brought them into our collection. This little Felt Christmas Tree is just one of those items: My mother-in-law and I spent an evening together, crafting and creating it for my son a few years ago. It’s such a wonderful memory of mine, and the tree continues to be a sensation each time I unpack the holiday boxes.
So if your kids are like mine and love to decorate and re-decorate the Christmas tree, give them some creative license and make them a felt Christmas tree of their own. (It might help to keep their little hands off the real tree, too!) Here’s how:
- Felt, green and assorted colors
- Sharpie marker or fabric pen
- Hot glue gun + glue
- Sticky back velcro
- Various crafting accents like ribbon, bows and pom poms
Fold the green felt over and draw one side of your tree. I opted for a simple triangle, but feel free to get fancy with branches.
With the felt still folded over, cut through both pieces of felt along the line to create a symmetrical tree.
We free-handed the drawing of our ornaments with the exception of the star, which we cut from a template.
We also attached the lights to the tree permanently. I like how the strings break the green into sections for hanging the ornaments.
Even though felt sticks to felt, we added small pieces of velcro to the back of the ornaments for extra stickability. Note: the velcro has caused the green felt to pill over time.
Since we made this tree before my daughter was born, I added a stocking with her initial.
HANG AND DECORATE AGAIN AND AGAIN!
I’m pleasantly surprised by the staying power of this little tree. Here’s my son enjoying it when we first made it about four years ago.
And here are both kids pretty proud of their tree decorating abilities.
This Felt Christmas Tree is super easy to make and doesn’t cost a fortune. I bought most of the supplies from the 100 yen (dollar) store and used items I already had on hand. The tree was such a big hit with my kids that I made a few more “tree kits” as gifts for friends with young children, too! And it absolutely warms my heart to watch my kids playing with something their Grandma made for them.
Happy Holidays! — v.