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 a DIY felt Christmas tree for Toddler H – this is the DIY felt board I’ve been waiting for and the one I’ve been most excited to make… Yes, I bought the felt for this last Christmas, but didn’t get round to making it. So, it’s sat for almost 12 months, and now I’ve done it. And, best of all this felt Christmas tree is 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 coloured felt (I had a pack from making the fuzzy felt board) and bobs your uncle, in a few minutes you’ll have made 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
How to make a felt Christmas Tree
(sorry, I don’t have photos for all steps!)
Create a Christmas tree template
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 Christmas 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!)
Draw round your Christmas tree template onto the felt.
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!
Cut out your felt Christmas tree
Attach your felt Christmas tree to your board/wall
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.
Make felt decorations to go on the felt christmas tree
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 to make a felt christmas tree for kids to play with and decorate themselves. You just need a few pieces of felt and it provides a brilliant toy for a toddler and stops them playing with the real tree as much.
Making this felt Christmas tree was an easy project and does keep Toddler H occupied. 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 did also ‘help’ decorate the main tree – she put some baubles on, all in the same few branches, of course #typicaltoddler!
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