DIY Felt Christmas Tree Tutorial With Free Printable Template
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This year I will have a 19 month old for Christmas! (I’m not sure where all that time went.) She is learning new things daily and constantly surprising us with her personality and intelligence. That’s why this year I decided to focus more of my attention on making Christmas fun and memorable. That means lots of Christmas crafts! I’m not sure where I first found the idea for this activity, but I’m so glad I did! I’m assuming it was Pinterest, because well, Pinterest is a gold mine for activities like this one!
If you don’t have the time or if crafts just aren’t your thing, you can purchase one from Amazon here. They have snowmen too, which you can find here. Another fun idea would be to make a gingerbread house or a gingerbread man!
This activity is great for hand eye coordination, creativity, and sensory play. For older kids you can even use this activity as a way to teach patterns.
When I first put this up on the wall Lilly couldn’t wait to dive in. She quickly followed my lead by placing the ornaments on the tree and patting them flat. I think she has more fun taking the decorations down and putting them in the pocket than she does putting them up though. I love that this can stay on the wall all month long for her to play with and hopefully distract her from the real tree!
For older kids you can get a bonus activity out of letting them help make the ornaments! Set them up with supplies like pom poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and markers to decorate. If you are braver than me you might even let them add glitter! Next year I will probably let Lilly make her own decorations to add to the tree, but this year I worked on it alone. (With the occasional help from Calvin. Those red ornaments were his contribution!)
I am NOT a very crafty person, despite my many attempts at crafty projects. See my post here sharing all about Lilly’s first birthday party including my many DIY related hiccups, as evidence of my not-so-craftiness. With that said, I free-handed the shape of the tree and ended up with three awkwardly shaped trees before I ran out of felt. I also acquired many hot glue burns by the end of the project. However, in the end it turned out great. Lilly loves it and that’s what counts!
- 1 yard of green felt which can be found here or at your local craft store (felt can be bought off of reams like fabric and they will cut it to the size you need. I didn’t know that before this project!) (Scroll to the end to see a super adorable photo of how Lilly spent her time in the craft store.)
- Multiple colors of felt (Green, Red, White, Brown etc) You can buy individual pieces or purchase a set
- hot glue
- black marker
- Paper or cardstock for stencils (Free Printable included at the end of the post)
- command tape (to hang)
First you will want to cut out your tree out. I free handed my tree, but you might be able to find a template for this. I’m not a perfectionist by any means so free handing worked fine for me.
Fold the felt in half and use chalk to draw the shape of the tree. You could use pen or marker for this, but I knew I would need to wipe it off to fix mistakes. I bought fabric that has specs of glitter in it because I wanted the twinkly effect of Christmas lights, so I made sure to draw my stencil on the opposite side.
Cut your tree out while the felt is still folded so both sides are symmetrical. You may want to make your tree larger than you think you will need, because you can always cut it smaller if you need to.
Then, trace your ornaments onto the smaller pieces of felt. If I were to do this again, I would print my templates out onto card stock instead of printer paper to make it easier to trace.
Next, cut out your ornaments and glue on the decorations. I free handed the presents and the smaller embellishments like the gold tab on the ornaments and the details on the gingerbread men.
For the presents I cut out a piece of the green felt and glued it to the back for extra stability. I left the top open to create a pocket to store the ornaments. I then glued the presents and the star directly to the bottom and top of the tree.
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