Easy Felt Christmas Tree for Kids
I saw this idea for this felt Christmas tree on Pinterest last month, and I have been really excited to make it for my kids. It is very inexpensive and only took a couple hours to make.
You don't even really need a pattern to make this tree. Here is what you will need:
- 1 yard green felt
- Assorted felt pieces
- Wonder Under fusible web (optional)
- Sequins (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Command velcro strips
You can purchase felt by the yard at most craft stores. If your craft store does not sell fabric, look in the kids' craft section and you might find a pre-packaged piece of felt. I found a pre-cut 3 ft x 3 ft piece of green felt for about $5, although I think it is cheaper if you buy it by the yard.
You don't even need a pattern to cut out the tree. As in the photo above, fold the top right corner in toward the center of the piece of felt. This will create a line that you can cut along. Do the same for the top left hand corner. You will then have a large triangle left in the center to use for the tree.
You can really have fun with the ornaments. You can cut them into different shapes, but it is easiest just to find something round to use as a pattern and then cut a bunch of round circles out of a variety of pieces of felt.
You can use Wonder Under to iron pieces of felt together to create patterns on the ornaments, or you can also use a hot glue gun to glue pieces of felt together.
Sequins look really pretty on these felt ornaments. You can glue them on with a hot glue gun. Just make sure that your tree is age appropriate for your child. You will not want sequins around children who are three years old or younger. Your child could also use fabric paint to help decorate the ornaments.
Christmas presents can be made by cutting felt into the shapes of squares and rectangles. Don't forget to make a star for the top of the tree.
This tree can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be. You could really spend some time on the ornaments if you wanted to. Most toddlers will be very happy no matter what the ornaments look like. They can take them off the tree and place them back on wherever they like.
This felt tree is great for ages 1-5. It might help take some of the fascination off the real Christmas tree and give your kids something fun to play with. Kids love decorating this tree over and over again.
I used Command velcro strips to attach the tree to my wall. These strips are removable after the holiday season. They do cost a couple of dollars, however. You could also use staples or thumbtacks.
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