Did you know that felt sticks on felt? Just like magic. I had no clue until last year.
My grandma had given me stacks and stacks of colored felt which she just had tucked away in a dresser since she no longer sewed. My mom used to create items out of felt when I was a little girl, like our family Christmas stockings which bring a tear to my eye when I see them each year. What was I going to do with all the felt? I discovered the best use for it all and created a DIY Felt Christmas Tree for my daughter, one that would bring hours of creative playtime and fun.
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DIY Felt Christmas Tree for Kids
UPDATE: Now, if you want to save time, I did discover that in recent years you can actually prepurchase felt Christmas trees for kids on Amazon! Personally I still like the fact that I made this one and I smile thinking that one day it might just be passed down to grandchildren.
To prepare, I took out the huge stack of green felt and cut out this simple triangle shape.
TIP: I attached it to the wall using Command hanging strips – the strips came off neatly and without damaging the walls after the holidays were over.
The tree is located on the wall just outside my daughter’s bedroom in the hallway. It’s hers and hers alone to decorate as she sees fit. That’s important because so often we don’t let little ones anywhere near our tree with all the breakable ornaments and irreplaceable memories.
Decorations: I did do a bit of traditional sewing to create a few decorations that would last over time, but many are just simple pieces of felt.
- Different shaped packages/presents (I sewed some colored felt for ribbon on a couple of them)
- Bows – I cut out flower shapes (once again out of felt) and sewed a dot in the middle – perfect for decorating packages
NOTE: Since the bows/flowers are separate from the packages, she can mix and match!
Other felt Christmas tree decorations made:
- Yellow star
- Candy Cane (sewed white pieces on)
- Mickey Mouse Ears
- Boy and Girl Gingerbread (I did sew on the buttons since they are small)
- Snowman (pieces are separate on this one for extra fun, like the black hat)
And yes, the pieces all stick by themselves to the felt Christmas tree! I still can’t believe it.
Love it! Wish I had done this when my daughter was a toddler, but she was 6 years old when I made it and still had so much fun.
A few more options available for purchase if you prefer to save some time (the 3D circular tree is really cute and doesn’t require hanging a tree on the wall):