We finally got our Christmas decorations up this weekend & there was one new decoration I was especially excited about this year.
You may have seen this image floating around Facebook & Pinterest–the felt Christmas tree for kids.
When I saw it, I instantly knew it was something I had to do for Maverick. He loves to empty & refill things and is constantly taking off & putting on socks, hats, etc. Also, I was secretly hoping that a little tree of his own would keep him away from our big Christmas tree.
In preparation for my crafting Sunday, I stopped by Jo-Ann’s. At the time, they were having a 50% off sale on all their felt by-the-yard, so I picked up the following items:
- 1 yard of green felt (depending on the size of tree you want, you can get more or less)
- 1 sheet of brown felt
- 1-2 sheets of various colored felt (I used 7 colors for the tree decorations)
- Hot glue gun
- Command picture hanging velcro
- Yard stick
First, I cut out the shape of the tree using a yard stick & a marker.
Next, I hot glued the sheet of brown felt onto the bottom of the tree and stuck Command velcro strips around the corners of the tree and tree trunk. I used the Command velcro strips to stick the tree to the wall. My hope is by doing this, I’ll be able to reuse the tree in the next coming years & keep from putting holes in my wall.
Then, I grabbed our star-shaped cookie cutter and a some different sized glasses to use as patterns for the ornaments. I made a total of 15 ornaments in 3 various shapes–small, medium & large.
With the remaining felt sheets, I made 3 presents for Maverick to stick under his tree. I used the hot glue gun to attach the “ribbon” to the presents.
There are a ton of different ways to get creative with this project. For example, you could make several different ornament shapes or you could decorate the ornaments with puff paints & glitter. If you are really crafty, you can even add felt lights and garland. For our tree this year (and lack of time), I decided to keep it simple and if it’s a hit, then next year Maverick can help me add a little sparkle to it.
I wasn’t able to get the tree finished while Maverick was still awake, but after his nap he was very excited to play with it!
Too excited to stand next to his tree for a picture. I’ll take it as a win!