Simple to make, Felt Christmas Tree Decoration – The perfect craft for your Fall afternoon.
I absolutely LOVE to decorate for the holidays, but I always find myself so busy that I don’t plan ahead and then all of a sudden it’s Thanksgiving and I’m scrambling to get everything out of storage. For some reason this year things seem to be different. It’s not even Halloween yet and I’m already planning for Christmas – like this Felt Christmas Tree.
This cute Christmas Tree can be made in one sitting very easily. My daughter and I sat down last Saturday and made this one.
Our family room is a combination of Black, Red & White. You can see the picture on the wall behind the Felt Tree in the photo below. I know these aren’t Traditional colors for a Christmas Tree, but I wanted to coordinate with the room. My ultimate goal is to put another full sized Christmas Tree in this room, using the same colors. For now, though, this mini tree will have to do.
*Styrofoam Cone for the base (Whatever size you choose – you can even buy multiples in different sizes to group together)
*Hot Glue Gun
*Hot Glue Sticks
*Felt in multiple colors (with or without glitter. I’m a glitter gal all the way! haha You can use different shades of the same color to create an ombre effect)
Decide which color you want to start with. I chose Red for the base of mine. Cut a 1″ strip of felt long enough to wrap around the base of the Styrofoam cone.
Next, you will need to prepare your felt for cutting. I chose to make mine 2″ x 1″. The easiest way I found was to use a ruler and draw lines on the back side of the felt so I knew where to cut.
If you have super sharp scissors, you will be able to cut through multiple layers of felt at once, making it much quicker.
Cut your felt along the lines you just drew and you will have a pretty little pile of felt rectangles like this.
One more cutting job before we begin applying our strips to the base.
We need to shape our rectangles into points. Starting at the bottom center of the strip, cut a curve from the bottom center half-way up the side. Repeat the same for the other side.
Now your rectangles have points to be our leaves for the Christmas Tree.
Time to fire up the hot glue gun! You will begin by applying the 1″ strip we cut to the base of the cone. You may notice that there is a gap between the top of the felt and the cone. Don’t stress out over it because the “leaves” we apply next will cover that right up.
Now we will begin adding the leaves to the tree. Starting with your base color, align the point of the strip with the base of the cone. If there is any white showing through from the cone, move the strip down until it’s all covered, so that all you see is the felt.
Continue working your way around the cone until you complete the circle. When you finish one row, simply move up a bit and start the process for the next row.
You can choose how many rows you do of each color, depending on how many colors you use.
The final row will be done slightly different.
Take one of your felt strips and place it directly on the top of the cone.
Fold the tip over the side and continue around to complete the final row.
There are obviously a lot of different things you can add to this. Here are just a few ideas…
*Add “ornaments” by gluing beads or sequins to the tip of each leaf.
*Add a tree topper – fuzzy, sparkly ball; star; angel; etc.
*glue strands of beads as garland
*Display several different sizes on a serving tray for a beautiful centerpiece.
I absolutely LOVE to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of this Felt Christmas Tree craft idea. Anything you would change? Anything you would add?
I’d love to see some of your photos, too! You can jump over to our Facebook Page and post a photo of your Felt Christmas Tree on our wall.
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