Craft Advent: Day 11: Felt Christmas Trees

I'm absolutely thrilled to have Helen from The Busy Mama's blog with me today. Helen is a craft-goddess and has mega-skillz when it comes to knitting, stitching, making and baking. She's also a really great writer and often has me in stitches laughing at her parenting stories. I adore the cute craft she's brought us today for day 11 of #CraftAdvent2015 and it's one I know my girls would love to try too. Thanks Helen!
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What a fabulous Craft Advent you’re hosting Sadhbh! Thanks a mill for inviting me to join in. I’m still working my way through a large stack of acrylic felt that I bought on Ebay years ago.  Over the last few years I’ve made felted garlands and Christmas Stockings but this year my inner control freak had to let the kids take over and so these deliciously garish little Christmas trees were born! 
These are simple.  We made Christmas trees but you could equally do Christmas Baubles, Stars or Bells. I did the cutting but the rest of the magic is all thanks to my eldest kids – aged 6 and 4.  These are a great Christmas kiddie craft – and a great way of using those little buttons and bits that are hanging around.

You will need:

  • A number of A4 size sheets of felt in colours like red, green, gold, etc. and scraps in brown or black (for the trunk)
  • Small pompoms or felt balls
  • Pipe-cleaners
  • Small buttons or other oddments for decorations
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or small piece of raffia for hanging
  • PVA glue or glue gun

Fold the sheet of felt in half. Cutting through both sides of the material, cut out a large triangular shape whatever size you want – we did one 8cm high and a second one 10 cm high. Cut a second triangle the same size – in the same colour or a contrasting colour.  Cut a small rectangular piece (about 6cm long) in the darker colour for the trunk.

Lay the first triangle flat and spread PVA glue evenly. If you’re using the glue gun you might leave the top of the tree clear of glue and attach the handing ribbon with that. 

Position the tree trunk along the bottom edge as shown.  Fold the ‘hanging ribbon’ in half and place it at the top with the open ends stuck onto the felt. Place the second triangle of felt on top of the other and gently press down
Choose your ‘decorations’ and lay them out, working one side at a time. If you’re using the pipe cleaners as tinsel then glue these in place first, cutting them to fit.  Add buttons, felt balls, pompoms, etc.  You can create a small star from a pipe cleaner or pick a small yellow button or pompom for the top of the tree.

Let it dry before hanging the, up in all their overly decorated glory!

2 comments

  1. Ah thanks so much for hosting Sadhbh! The kids loved making these so if the dire weather forecast holds for the weekend I suspect we'll have all sort of symmetrical overly decorated lovelies hanging on our tree in the near future!

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    1. Thanks so much for joining in! And you're right - we'll have an abundance of decorations this year with that weather!

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