We decided to skip the real Christmas tree this year. Rocky is a little explorer and likes to pull, push, climb, bash and chew everything. Pine needles and Christmas ornaments probably aren’t very baby friendly! I had seen a few felt Christmas trees for sale around the place but thought we could whip up a simple version ourselves at home.
As I’ve said before, I’m really not a crafter. I like setting up crafty activities for kids, but adult craft is not my thing. So I kept the plans for this Christmas tree very, very simple. One green felt triangle, lots of round felt Christmas baubles in bright colours, a felt Christmas star – DONE! Here’s how we did it:
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DIY Felt Christmas Tree
You will need:
- 1 large piece of green felt (approx 1 x 1.5 metres (3’4″ x 4’9″) – or to the size of the space you’d like to fill
- 5 sheets of felt in different colours (or more if you want more baubles)
- 1 sheet white felt
- 1 star template (I printed one from here)
- 1 small drinking cup (or small circle to trace around)
- 1 marker
- 3- 5 damage free adhesive hooks or restickable tabs
Note: you can buy felt off the roll and individual sheets of felt at your local craft store. Adhesive hooks and restickable tabs are available from most supermarkets.
To make the felt Christmas tree:
To stick the tree to the wall:
- snip one small hole, about the same size as the point of your hooks, in each corner of the triangle.
- thread one hook through the top corner of the tree and stick the hook to the wall in your designated ‘tree spot’. Make sure you follow the directions on the packet for your hooks.
- now that you have the top corner secured, pull each bottom corner so that the tree is flat against the wall and secure to the wall using the remaining hooks.
- I used a couple of restickable tabs along the length of the tree to keep it snug against the wall. You could also use more hooks.
To make the felt Christmas baubles:
- Trace circle shapes onto the felt sheets and cut them out. Children who are capable with scissors can help with this part. Cut out lots of different colours to make your tree look gorgeous! You don’t need anything to stick the baubles to the tree – the genius of felt is that it sticks to itself!
To make the felt star:
- Trace the star shape onto white felt and cut it out. Press the white star onto the top of the tree (felt sticks to itself). Optional: We also made a slightly larger red star to make the white star stand out on our white wall. You could also make an angel, if you prefer :)
I think we’ll all enjoy playing with this felt Christmas tree for many years to come.
Tell me about your tree this year – is it real? Fake? Alternative?