Christmas is almost here and before it officially arrives, I wanted to share one last Christmas tree post with you. If you did not catch the upcycled tree from last week, you can find it here.
This week, I wanted to show you how easy it is to make little felt trees. I love these little trees because they not only remind me of the outdoors, but they don’t have to come down after the holidays. I will leave these trees up all winter since they aren’t especially Christmasy looking.
There are two different ways to make felt trees and I have directions for both below. You just need to collect some green and natural coloured felt, a few twigs and some wood rounds for the bases.
To make the multi-sided trees, you will need 3 pieces of felt folded in half (approximately 8.5″ x 11″ before folding) and the Evergreen tree pattern. Don’t mind my wonky looking tree… my printer decided to run out of ink as I was printing off my pattern 🙂
Using a piece of chalk, rub the chalk around the outside of the tree pattern. When you lift it off it will leave you a nice outline that you can use as a guide to cut out your trees. You will need 5 or 6. I made mine with 5 but you could easily use all 6.
Attach your pieces together using hot glue. You want each side of the tree (left and right) to be glued to a different piece of felt. When you have all of the pieces glued together, you should have a circle of trees.
When glueing the pieces together, leave the tips of the pieces apart. This will allow you to stick them together after you add a stick to the middle. Use real twigs to get a natural and rustic look. Glue the twig in the centre about three quarter of the way up.
Once your twig is in place, you can glue the middle of each felt piece to the twig and then glue the two remaining edges together. With that done, you can add a dab of glue to the top to seal the tips of the trees.
You can either leave your tree as is or use the chalk to add a little texture and some branches by drawing them right on the felt. (chalk is easy to rub away if you don’t like what you have drawn so no harm in trying!)
To make the second type of felt tree, you will need the same Evergreen tree pattern, and will cut out two tree shapes for each tree that you want to make.
Start the puffy trees by gluing your twig down the middle of one of the felt pieces.
To create a pocket that you can stuff with batting, glue two pieces together on two edges. Be sure to leave one side open so that you can stuff it in the next step.
Stuff clumps of batting in through the open side until you get your desired amount of puffiness and then hot glue the open side shut.
When your felt trees are done, take one wood round for each tree, drill a hole into the middle and stick the bottom of the twig into the hole. Use a little wood glue to hold the twig in place.
These little trees are so cute and are ready to stand any where you’d like them. They add the perfect rustic touch that you can keep around all winter long.
Sending you all the warmest and merriest of Christmas wishes and I hope that you can find some time to create something you love during the holidays.