You may recall a few months ago I shared my homemade fuzzy felt style board, and mentioned I had a few more felt boards to make up my sleeve. So, it’s now December, I’ve made the felt board I’ve been waiting for (the one I’ve been most excited for)… a felt Christmas tree for Toddler H. Yes, I bought the felt for this last Christmas, but didn’t get to it. So, it’s sat for almost 12 months, and now I’ve done it. And, best of all it’s a HUGE HIT! So if you’ve missed out on the felt Christmas trees for sale in Hobbycraft (they apparently sell like hot cakes), then buy yourself a few pieces of green felt, find a board (or wall, or in my case an old canvas), some glue, and a selection of colours felt too (I had a pack from making the fuzzy felt board) and bobs your uncle, you’ll have your own felt Christms tree for your toddler to decorate again and again and again.
DIY: How to make a felt Christmas tree for a toddler:
What you need:
- 3 pieces of green felt (A4) – cost about 50p each (e.g. In Hobbycraft)
- Coloured felt (I bought a pack of 8 for ?1 in Home Bargains months ago, and it’s soooo useful)
- Brown paper
- PVA glue
- Paint brush for spreading the glue
- Thick cardboard (possibly a box would do?) or board or canvas for sticking your tree on
Basic instructions (sorry, I don’t have photos for all steps!)
1. Layout your felt pieces and draw round them onto a bit of brown paper. I used three A4 pieces of felt.
2. On your piece of brown paper sketch out a tree
3. Fold your brown paper in half and cut out your tree. I didn’t do this, and sketched my tree onto the felt by eye – why? I’ve no idea! (I blame baby brain!)
4. Draw round your template. This can be tricky as I had two separate pieces for the bottom and one for the top. So, for the bottom I draw on one piece of felt (then put the two pieces on top of each other and cut the two out together to get a symmetrical tree). For the top, I folded the felt in half and then cut it out. I did allow a bit of an overlap for the join, but I’m not sure I had to!
5. Smother your board/canvas in PVA glue. Cut a rectangle of brown paper for the trunk and stick it on. Then carefully place and stick your felt pieces together, being careful not to get glue on the top of the felt as it will stick the fibres together.
6. Cut out circles and stars of different coloured fabric for baubles.
I do plan to stick a ‘carpet’ on the bottom of my tree, and make some presents (coloured square and rectangle pieces). I’ll update when I add them!
Hope this provides some inspiration! It really is easy, just a few pieces of felt? and provides a brilliant toy for a toddler.
This felt Christmas tree does keep Toddler H occupied and she loves ‘her tree.’ I was hoping this might stop Toddler H ‘adjusting’ our trees… Which I think it has, but when we put up the living room tree, I asked H to put the baubles on her tree to keep her occupied, however, she took each felt bauble from her tree and put them, very very carefully on our tree! She also ‘helped’ put some baubles on too, all in the same few branches, of course #typicaltoddler!
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