This is a re-post (from a different personal blog I was using last year) of a kid friendly Christmas tree I made last year.
I was asked
a couple of weeks ago last year to do a little Christmas decorating in two of the Sunday School classrooms at my church. Of course, I put off brainstorming and looking for ideas until the last minute. Add to my procrastination the fact that I am was (no more of that right now!) in the middle of finals right now, and I effectively created a situation in which I needed somewhat of an easy project. I found it! A Christmas tree made of felt. It was perfect to use for one of the classrooms because the decorations needed to be on the wall due to an increasing lack of space (lil’ kiddos everywhere!). In addition, this project doubles as a kid friendly tree that can be decorated and RE-decorated since felt easily sticks to felt. I found a lot of variations of felt Christmas trees on Pinterest, but all of them were kid-sized. This makes sense since they’re designed around the children moving the ornaments, but I needed something on a larger scale since it was supposed to cover a wall. So, I just got a little extra felt than the pins/blogs that l looked at used and went from there.
These were my supplies:
- 2 yards of dark green acrylic craft felt
New note: I got this at Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t find the exact color of felt I used (I purchased mine in the store), but I like this: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/flt-acrylic-felt-728311/. I also think it would be cute to use the glitter felt: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/flt-green-glitter-felt-979021/.
- 16 sheets of various colored acrylic craft felt
- hot glue gun / hot glue
- bowl (w/ small, round flat bottom and larger round top)
This was my process:
- The big piece of green felt was already nicely folded in half so that it was a rectangle. Making sure the fold would end up in the middle of the opened triangle/tree, I just cut from the appropriate bottom corner to the opposite top corner. Since this was in a Sunday School classroom where staples had already been used to attach things to the wall, I also used a stapler to attach the felt Christmas tree to the wall. (Note: I read that some people used hot glue or double-sided tape to attach their trees)
- I made the presents in various sized rectangles, attaching the ribbons with hot glue. Then, I attached them and their bows, which I free-handed, to the Christmas tree with a stapler as well.
- With a Sharpie, I free-handed the star onto one of my yellow pieces of felt. Then, I cut it out and stapled it at the top of the tree.
- I used the bowl I had to make two different sized ornaments by tracing on the felt with my Sharpie. I also wound up using the bottom of a Starbuck’s cup to make a few smaller ornaments. Once these were cut out, all that was needed was to stick them to the tree.
- Note: Had I had more time, I probably would’ve got fancier with my gift package and ornament embellishments. Things like polka dots and stripes and more ornate shaped ornaments crossed my mind. I also thought about using colored pom poms to make a garland. But, hey, I was on a time schedule and it was for kids anyway…I like that they overlook perfection. 🙂 Speaking of that, I think this would potentially be a great project to include your children in (minus working with scissors for those who aren’t of age). I believe the imperfections that might contribute could turn out absolutely perfect!
- Another note: I did not see how the tree held up after the Sunday School children encountered it today. I’m hoping all is well!
UPDATE: I never did see the tree after I hung it, but I did hear that it held up well, even with 2 classes full of kids every Sunday!
Here’s a picture with me in it to show some proportion. At 2 yards, the tree itself is obviously 6 feet tall.