Since she’s not allowed to touch the big tree, I wanted something she could touch and play with. Pinterest, of course, came to my rescue, and I discovered the world of felt trees. I was sold, and I couldn’t get to the craft store fast enough.
I bought a yard of green felt at Hobby Lobby (it was $5.99, but then I used their 40% off coupon from their app and got it for $3.60) and a smattering of individual pieces of felt in various colors (for $.25 each), and went to town. This is a super cheap project and well worth the little amount of time that goes into making it.
Make your own DIY Felt Christmas Tree!
What You Need:
Green felt (1 yard)
Extra felt (various colors)
How To Make It:
I got a yard of felt (in length) that was actually around 6′ feet wide, so I cut it in half. Then, I folded half of it “hot-dog style” and placed it on the floor.
Use the chalk to draw out your tree design! Start from the folded side. If you mess up with your tree design, no worries, this will be the back of the tree, so nobody will see it.
Start cutting! Make sure you’re cutting from the open side of the felt and not the folded side!
Open it up and admire your new tree.
Hang it up. If it’s going on brick, it’ll stay up all on its own. If it’s going on a wall, use double-sided tape (I put tape on all of the tree “limbs” and then several pieces in the middle of the tree).
Right now you have just a regular ol’ tree. In order to make it a Christmas tree it needs ornaments! To make my “ornaments” (im)perfectly round, I used lids from jars.
The felt will stick to each other, so you don’t even need to bust out the hot glue gun unless you want to permanently decorate your ornaments.
BAM! You’re done! Step back and admire your tree…and then let your toddler go to town decorating it!
(Edit: When I made this tree, my daughter was on the verge of turning 2. She liked it and played with it, but now, a year later at almost 3, she LOVES it. This has already bought us several minutes of blissful quiet time!)
This is a win/win project since the price is right and it entertains my active toddler! I’m loving it! So run, don’t walk, to your local craft store and get yourself some felt!