When our first born was almost two years old I needed something to distract her from our real tree, so I made a DIY felt Christmas tree for her.
This may sound silly, but since she wasn’t allowed to touch our big tree, or the presents underneath, I taught her to wave at the tree, and tell the ornaments, “hello.”
Low and behold, it worked like a charm.
But I still wanted something she could touch and play with that was more on her level.
That’s when I discovered the world of DIY felt Christmas trees, and couldn’t get to the craft store fast enough.
Make your own DIY Felt Christmas Tree!
I bought a yard of green felt at Hobby Lobby for $3.60 (it was $5.99, but then I used their 40% off coupon from their app), and a smattering of individual pieces of felt in various colors (for $.25 each), and went to town.
This DIY felt Christmas tree project is super cheap and totally worth the little amount of time that goes into making it.
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.
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).
Make ornaments for your DIY felt Christmas 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 originally, 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! I know have three kids total and they’ve all played with this same DIY Felt Christmas tree!)
This is a win/win project since the price is right and it entertains my active toddler!
So run, don’t walk, to your local craft store and get yourself some felt!