Hi, my name is Zoe, and I am addicted to Christmas crafts. Well, if I’m being completely honest, any kind of craft will do…but, ‘tis the season! I love this time of the year; decorating the house and the Christmas tree, the cozy feeling, seeing family and friends, and squishing as many people as possible into our house. And, of course, the yummy food that is always in abundance, and everything else that goes along with this time of the year – I just can’t help but get into the spirit. This is our first Christmas in a house (as opposed to a condo), so we took advantage of being able to decorate outside as well as in. I won’t take credit for that one though – that was all my husband’s work. We were the first ones in our development with Christmas lights and decorations up outside, so he takes full credit for spreading the Christmas spirit to all of our neighbours, who admitted they felt guilty for being the “house in the middle that didn’t have any decorations (yet!)”. It’s all feeling very Griswold family-esque, minus causing a city-wide power shortage.
Most of the decorations in the house aren’t what I would call kid-friendly, as in they’re not for playing with. We have a musical dancing Christmas tree as well as a reindeer, but I wanted something else that was for the kids, which brought me to this super fun DIY felt Christmas tree. It helps keep little hands away from the other ornaments, it’s a great occupier of free time, and – bonus – it’s really easy to make!
Supplies you will need:
- A large piece of green felt (I cut mine to 18”x 24”, but it was originally 36” x 36”)
- A small piece of brown felt (usually they are 9” x 12”)
- A bunch of small pieces of different colored felt (they usually come in 9” x 12”). I got six: yellow, red, pink, light green, blue, and purple)
- A hot glue gun or any other kind of fabric-friendly glue
- A pen
- A piece of tissue paper or a large piece of regular paper
Unless you are great at drawing (which I am not), you will need to cut out a template for the Christmas tree shape using the tissue paper or large piece of paper. You can make your tree as simple or detailed as you like, I made mine with six pointy “branches”. When I made the template I cut the tissue the same size as the piece of felt I had and then folded it in half so it was about 9” wide x 24” tall and then drew out half of the tree. This way, it will be symmetrical when you cut it out. Just play with the sketch of the template until you are happy with it, and remember it doesn’t need to be perfect – your kids are going to have fun with it either way! Once you are happy with the template, cut it out and lay it on your piece of green felt, then trace around it with a pen and cut out the shape. Don’t use the “folding in half” method when cutting out the felt; it’s too thick and will likely move too much, distorting the shape of the tree. When cutting out any of these felt pieces, be sure to cut just inside of the pen lines so they won’t show on your finished product.
Originally I wasn’t going to put a trunk on the tree (what was I thinking?), but then I hung it on the wall and decided something was missing. For the trunk, you will need to cut out a 6” x 6” square from the brown felt. Using your glue, attach it to the bottom of the tree about two inches up. Hey, check it out! You just made a Christmas tree! Now we just need some decorations.
I made one star for the top of the tree and one more for a decoration, both made out of the yellow felt. As luck would have it, I had a star shape that I could use to trace onto the felt, if you don’t then just eyeball it or make a template with paper using the same method as we used for the tree template.
For the circular “bobbles” I used a jar to trace around and it was the perfect size. The details on the top of the circles and “Christmas lights”, as well as the other ornaments, I just cut freehand without drawing them first. I started with a rectangle or square shape and then cut the points on top and angled the sides. I felt confident enough to draw right onto the felt as opposed to making templates for the ornaments because I figured most of these were fairly simple shapes… That said, I luckily had enough felt to accommodate some mistakes, because there was definitely some of those! So I’ll leave this one up to you: you can either draw your shapes onto the felt of make some templates out of paper first. Once you have cut out your ornament shapes, you’ll need to use the glue to attach any details to them such as the red trim I put on the mittens or the yellow detail I have on my circles.
I made five different ornament designs: a couple of stars and candy canes, three circular “bobbles”, four in the shape of Christmas tree lights, and one pair of mittens. Some other ornament ideas: a snowman, a Christmas stocking, a gingerbread person, snowflakes, a Santa hat, an angel, a present, a wreath, or try to replicate a decoration you have on your real Christmas tree.
Alright, you’re ready to hang up your tree! When you are choosing a place to hang it, keep in mind that there will be little bodies gathered around it on a regular basis. I chose a spot in between my kitchen and dining room because when I’m busying myself in the kitchen, my daughter often wants to be in there as well, so this gives her something fun to do. I hung my Christmas tree with one tack at the very top (about an inch in) and then I used about four pieces of double sided tape to hold the branches against the wall since I didn’t want a bunch of tack holes left in the wall when I take it down.
Once you’ve completed the hanging process, hand those ornaments over to your kids and let them go to town decorating their little Christmas tree. Magically, felt sticks to felt when you apply a little bit of pressure so this tree is super easy to decorate! FYI, the star for the top of the tree covers the tack perfectly 😉
Hopefully your kids will enjoy decorating and removing these ornaments…and decorating, and removing, decorating, removing, decorating – as much as mine have. For another kid friendly DIY Holiday craft, check out my No Sew DIY Advent Calendar. Merry Christmas to yours from ours!