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How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree

Updated on December 4, 2013

Make a Flat Felt Christmas Tree for the Wall

Felt Christmas trees that can be hung up on the wall have become very popular with mothers who have toddlers in the home.

A felt Christmas tree works like a felt board so felt ornaments and packages easily stick to the tree, making it a great way to let little children have their own special tree that can be decorated (and re-decorated) up by little hands.

For Moms who may need to be preparing their own gifts and doing their Christmas decorating a felt Christmas tree is a great way to keep young children entertained for a bit of time during the busy holiday season.

Since they can go right on the wall a felt Christmas tree is useful those with limited living space at work or those living in an apartment or a dorm.

Let's find out how to quickly and inexpensively make a felt Christmas tree.

Felt Tree by Kirsti A. Dyer from Winter Tree by Merlin2525. Openclip art license.

Christmas Felt Tree on a Door

Felt Tree by Bengarrison
Felt Tree by Bengarrison

Christmas Felt tree on the door by bengarrison. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Created by Kirsti A. Dyer
Created by Kirsti A. Dyer

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree for the Wall

Making a felt Christmas tree to hang on the wall is an easy and inexpensive craft project.

The felt tree is also a fun way to let young children have their very own Christmas tree. Make some felt ornaments and felt packages so they can hang up the ornaments and rearrange the packages all by themselves.

The tree can be made relatively inexpensively, especially if you have extra felt around to use for making ornaments.

Start with a large piece of green felt, a yard or less will do depending on the size that you want your tree.

For reference with a 72 inch piece of felt and getting a yard of fabric (36 inches) will create a felt tree that is 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

Felt Tree by Kirsti A. Dyer from Winter Tree by Merlin2525. Openclip art license.

Time required: ~ 1 hour

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Less than $10.00

Materials:

  • 1 yard green felt
  • Brown felt (for trunk)
  • Assorted felt sheets
  • Templates (tree, ornaments, packages)
  • Cookie cutters (ornaments)
  • Embellishments (glitter, ribbon, sparkles etc.)

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Glue, Sticky dots
  • Glue gun

Instructions:

1. Choose a Christmas tree template. (See list of templates below)

2. Enlarge or freehand draw the pattern onto the green felt.

3. Cut the tree out of a piece of felt

Using 72 inches wide fabric, you can make a 6 foot tall tree.

With one yard of fabric (36 inches) will give you a 3 foot wide tree.

4. Choose ornament template, circles or use Christmas shaped cookie cutters.

5. Trace circles or other Christmas shapes onto felt and cut out ornaments into different shapes from colorful felt.

6. Choose gift and package templates.

7. Trace packages or gifts onto felt and cut out or just cut out squares and rectangles for packages.

8. To embellish the ornaments and gifts for under the tree get out a hot glue gun and add more decorations, glitter, ribbons.

9. Add Velcro if desired to the backs which will let little hands hang up the ornaments and place packages.

10. Felt can sticks to felt.Using a scouring pad on the felt can roughen up the fibers, so it makes it easier for little hands to hang up their own ornaments.

11. Hang up the felt tree on the wall (see tips later).

12. When done with the tree for the year, take it down, roll or fold it up and store with the felt ornaments and packages until next year.

Felt Supplies for Making a Felt Christmas Tree

25 Sheet Assorted Acrylic Craft Felt
25 Sheet Assorted Acrylic Craft Felt

25 Assorted felt pieces for the ornaments and packages

 

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree - Video Tutorial

See how TheOrtonsLife show how they made a felt Christmas tree and then watch Our Wolfe Pack Life show how their kids enjoy decorating their new felt tree.

Gluing and Attaching Supplies on Amazon

By roughing up the felt tree with a scouring pad or a brush, the felt ornaments and packages will stick better to the felt tree board.

For extra stick, use Velcro.

Hot Melt Glue Gun with 40 Glue Sticks
Hot Melt Glue Gun with 40 Glue Sticks

Glue guns are one of those crafting essentials. Make sure an adult is around, so no one gets burned by hot glue.

 
VELCRO Brand - Sticky Back - 5/8" Coins, 75 Sets - Black
VELCRO Brand - Sticky Back - 5/8" Coins, 75 Sets - Black

Attach sticky-backed Velcro dots to the ornaments and packages for extra stick.

 
VELCRO Brand - Sticky Back 7/8-Inches Square Value Pack, 32-Sets, Black (90348)
VELCRO Brand - Sticky Back 7/8-Inches Square Value Pack, 32-Sets, Black (90348)

Use Velcro squares for extra stickiness on the ornaments and the packages.

 

Christmas Tree Template Examples

Composite image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Composite image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Enlarge these different Christmas Trees for Templates, or use them to draw out a tree freehand.

Christmas tree examples from inky2010, harmonic and jean victor balin. Openclipart license.

Christmas Tree Templates

Use these different Christmas tree designs to copy freehand or enlarge into the size needed for a Felt Wall tree.

A Christmas Felt Tree Example

Felt Christmas tree from jean_victor_balin. Openclipart license.

Use Cookie Cutters to Trace Ornaments

Using any Christmas cookie cutters that you have around is an easy way to trace out fun Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Present Template

To make packages you can download and trace these packages clipart, draw packages free hand or just make simple boxes and rectangles.

Add felt or real ribbons to turn them into gifts for under the tree.

Felt Christmas Tree with Real Packages

Felt Tree by bengarrison
Felt Tree by bengarrison

This family made a young child-friendly felt Christmas tree and put it on their glass door,

then placed their packages "under" the tree.

Felt Tree with Packages by bengarrison. Used under a Creative Commons License

Hang up / Put up a Felt Christmas Tree

How to Hang up a Felt Christmas Tree

There are several different ways to hang up or put up a felt Christmas tree depending on your preferences. Ones that can easily be grabbed like push pins might not be the best with little hands around.

  1. Flat thumbtacks or push pins.
  2. Double stick tape
  3. Mounting Tape
  4. Sticky Velcro
  5. Command Hanging Strips

Felt Tree Fasteners on Amazon

Just some of the many ways to hang up a felt Christmas tree.

More Ideas for Making Felt Christmas Trees

Making felt Christmas tree especially for toddlers is a very popular blogger and Pinterest topic. Several different patterns and modifications on making a felt tree can be found on many of the mom blogs and also saved as favorites on Pinterest.

Will you be making your own Christmas tree from felt?

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