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I love it when I have something in my head that I want to make and it comes out pretty close to how I imagined it. That’s exactly what happened with this cute and fun Kids Felt Christmas Tree.
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Kids Felt Christmas Tree
Having little kids can sometimes put a damper on how you can decorate your tree. We try to keep all the special and breakable ornaments up higher, and the “shatter proof” ornaments towards the bottom. And that’s totally okay! Every year, I love our Christmas tree because it’s filled with adorable things our children have made, special ornaments we have received, and has been decorated by our family.
However, once we get the decorations on, I like them to stay on. We try to keep ornament casualties to a minimum with all the curious little hands we have around. As a way to help them not want to constantly rearrange the ornaments on the family tree, I made this fun Kids Felt Christmas Tree that they can decorate and undecorate as much as they want. There is nothing breakable, and even if they manage to get a button off, we just hot glue it back on!
Making your own Kids Felt Christmas Tree
Let me tell you off the bat, I am not an amazing crafter or a super seamstress. In fact, if you ask my mom and sister they will confirm that I am a novice at sewing, at best. But I knew I wanted to do this, so I committed and got out all the tools I would need. The first thing I got out, of course was my Cricut Maker. It literally does most of the hard work, with me on standby with my trusty glue gun.
The Maker cut out all of my felt pieces for the ornaments, Christmas lights and presents that I made. I used the rotary blade, which rolls over the felt and cuts it out like a dream. I literally could not imagine that hand cramps I would have gotten trying to cut those pieces out with scissors.
While those pieces were cutting out, I got my stuffed tree together. I wish I could give you a pattern for my tree, but I honestly just took about a yard of forest green felt and cut it into four triangles and a circle. Then I pinned the seams, and hand sewed them together. Yes, you heard me right…hand sewing happened! I couldn’t find the pedal to my sewing machine, (I obviously don’t use it often and I’m good to admit that organization isn’t a talent of mine.) but I did know where a needle and thread was, so I got to work. If you want to go a completely no sew option, use one of these Christmas tree forms and just glue the felt to it.
12 x 12 Fabric mat and standard grip mat
6 x 7 EasyPress 2
8 x 10 EasyPress Mat
12 x 12 Felt squares
Iron-on in your choice of colors
1 – 1 1/2 yards Forest green felt
Scissors, needle, and straight pins (You can also get the Cricut Sewing Kit)
Sewing machine (if you’re talented like that!)
Glue gun with glue sticks
Cord or ribbon to hang ornaments and lights
I’m 100% happy with how my little tree turned out and had to laugh a little when my husband said it looked like a tree from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I’ll take that as it looks whimsical! I took my buttons and glued them randomly on the tree. (If you have very small children playing with the tree, you might want to consider sewing the buttons on. That way they won’t come off as easily and create a potential choking hazard.) I wanted to make sure there were enough so that the kids could have a lot of spots to hang ornaments and the lights however they wanted. When I was picking buttons, I looked for buttons that weren’t flat. It’s easier to hang the ornaments on those.
To finish off my base tree, I used the Maker with the rotary blade to cut out a star for the top, you can find it here. I just used hot glue to stick it to the top. I wanted the star to always be on the tree which worked out exactly how I wanted it.
Making the lights, ornaments and presents
I started with making my string of lights, which might be my favorite thing about the whole tree. Seriously watching my kids trying to untangle them and put them on the tree is just the best thing! I cut out my felt Christmas lights and then used hot glue to attach them to green cording. You can get the cut file here. I tied a loop at each end of the cording so the kids could use that to help hang them. Next, I spaced them about 2.5 to 3 inches apart. I used 5 of each color of felt bulb to create a 3 yard strand. Also, I cut out two of the black bulb tops so that I could put one on the front and one on the back.
For the ornaments, I used this ornament set, these candy canes, snowflakes and these two ornaments. They are saved to how I sized them for my tree, but you an make them smaller or larger depending on your needs. Once they were cut, I used my EasyPress 2 and EasyPress mat to iron on the glitter and holographic iron on to my felt cuts. Then I used more of my green cording to hot glue loops on to my ornaments so they could be hung on the tree.
The presents (use this cut file) were by far the easiest thing, which is saying something because this whole project was pretty dang easy! After cutting out the felt with the Maker and rotary blade, I used my EasyPress 2 and mat to iron on the bows. Because felt sticks to felt, the kids can just put the presents at the bottom of the tree and they stick!
Kids Felt Christmas Tree
And there you have it! It was so easy and actually really fun to make. My kids were chomping at the bit to play with it. Our Kids Felt Christmas Tree has been a big hit at our house. I’m very excited and hopeful that this will keep their little hands busy and they won’t want to play with the family tree and ornaments.
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Be sure to check out these other fun, kid friendly Christmas projects!
Kids Block Nativity
Santa Beard Advent Calendar
What is your biggest hurdle when it comes to Christmas with small children? Let us know in comments and let us know how you remedy your struggle!
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