How to make a felt Christmas tree for your kids to play with this holiday season! Free printable ornament patterns included!
In an attempt to keep Owen away from our real tree, I decided to make him a felt Christmas tree. So I spent the better part of last Saturday night putting 20 year old Chelsea to shame and knocking out a baller DIY felt Christmas tree– complete with ornaments and presents.
I should also add that I’m too much of a perfectionist to freehand ornaments, bows, and ornament designs with scissors so I created patterns, which I’m sharing with you at the end of the post.
In case you didn’t know, felt sticks to felt so the ornaments and presents can be placed and removed anywhere on the tree.
Felt Christmas Tree Supplies
1.5 yards of green felt … found here or fabric store
different colors of felt … found here or a craft store
scissors … these are my favorite!
patterns … see at end of post
hot glue gun + glue
1. Print and Cut the Free Ornament Patterns
Print the patterns onto card stock and cut them out.
2. Trace and Cut Out Ornaments and Presents
Trace the templates onto pieces of felt, and then cut them out. Glue the cut out ornament and present decorative pieces onto the ornaments and presents. Trace the patterns onto the shinier, smoother side of the felt, leaving the fuzzier side facing out. Do this because the shinier side sticks to the fuzzier side better.
3. Make the Christmas Tree
To make the tree, fold the green felt in half with the shinier side on the outside and freehand half of the tree with a piece of yellow chalk. Then, with it still folded, cut it out so it’s symmetrical.
After cutting out the tree, you may decide it’s too tall for your little one(s). If so, trim off the first bottom section.
4. Stick Felt Christmas Tree to Wall
Mount the felt Christmas tree with Command Brand strips (the kind that are like pieces of Velcro).
I wanted the ornaments to look similar to the glass ornaments I’ve been using for years so I went with blue, purple, green, yellow, hot pink, (colors kids love) and I added some white to break things up a bit.
After I cut out all the ornaments, I created different designs to glue on top of the ornaments to jazz them up a bit. Super cute, right?
I didn’t use a template for the presents and the ‘ribbon’. Instead, I just measured out squares and rectangles and cut them out. Then I cut strips of felt to make the ‘ribbons’. I used a template for the bows though.
A great idea for ornament and present storage is to use a bucket is placed next to the tree.
Owen was napping when I put up the felt Christmas tree, so when he woke up he was excited to see something new to play with. It seems that he enjoys taking the ornaments and presents off the tree and putting them in the bucket more than putting them on the tree. But I’ll take it.
FYI, Owen is 33 inches tall– just to give you an idea of the height of the tree.
Felt Christmas Tree Patterns
Here’s the templates. Click on the names of the templates to open a new page and print or save them.
FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY
TEMPLATES FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY
How to make a felt Christmas tree for children to use and play with.
- 1.5 yards green felt
- 8 sheets felt in various colors
- 1 set printable ornament patterns
- 3 pieces cardstock
- 1 piece chalk
Print the patterns onto card stock, cut them out, trace them onto pieces of felt, and then cut them out.
Trace the patterns onto the shinier, smoother side of the felt, leaving the fuzzier side facing out.
Glue the cut out ornament and present decorative pieces onto the ornaments and presents.
To make the tree, fold the green felt in half with the shinier side on the outside and freehand half of the tree with a piece of yellow chalk. Then, with it still folded, cut it out so it's symmetrical.
How to Stick the Tree to a Wall: Use Command Brand picture hanging strips.
Fingers crossed Owen loves his felt Christmas tree more than our big Christmas tree.
Have you made a felt Christmas tree for your kiddo(s)? Did they love it?