So I have to say, I have been super excited to make a felt Christmas tree for kids ever since I spotted the idea on Pinterest. I chose to make a simple version to make this project fairly easy to make. I love that it’s a Christmas decoration my daughter can play with! She can decorate it and redecorate it endlessly. And hopefully she’ll be so excited about her very own tree that she won’t try to mess with our family Christmas tree. (A girl can dream, right?) 🙂
The whole idea is that a felt Christmas tree for kids is like a big felt or flannel board. Felt sticks to felt, so you just have to hang the felt tree on the wall and the kids can place the felt decorations on it wherever they want. I’m sure we’ll have the presents up on the tree and ornaments and bows all over. But that’s part of the fun! This year I included it as part of our family activity advent calendar, so I thought I’d share with you how I made ours.
How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree for Kids
- a large piece of green felt
- chalk or a light colored crayon to draw the outline
- paper & pencil if you want to make patterns
- colorful pieces of felt
- ribbon (optional)
- glue gun
- double-sided poster tape, Command strips, or masking tape (to hang the tree on the wall)
Make the Tree
I decided how tall I wanted to make my felt tree and folded my piece of felt in half. I used a yellow crayon to outline the tree shape (a piece of chalk would work to make the outline, too). You can faintly see my outline in the first picture below. Then I cut the tree shape on the folded felt, so that both sides would be symmetrical. (Note: the folded edge is on the left side in these pictures, and I cut the tree edges along the open side away from the fold.)
Obviously you can make your tree whatever size you want, depending on how tall your kids are. The tree I made is 37 inches tall, and 36 inches wide at the base.
Make the Ornaments
I traced the opening of a large mug onto paper to make a pattern for the circle ornaments. The ornaments are 4 inches in diameter. Then I used the paper circle to help me cut out circles from each of the colored felt pieces. I used a variety of colors for the ornaments, but used this one circle shape for all the ornaments. Different shapes would be cute for the ornaments, too, but I wanted to make the project fairly simple.
Then it was time to decorate the felt ornaments. I took out my ribbon collection and chose two colors to use on each ornament (I really was going for cute, yet simple!). I used a darker color of ribbon in the center of each circle, measured out how much I needed for the ornament, and cut the ends in a V shape to help discourage fraying. Using my lo-temp glue gun, I glued the ribbon across the center of the ornament.
Then I measured a lighter colored ribbon to place along the top and bottom of the circle. I trimmed the ends at an angle to discourage fraying, and used my glue gun to attach these lighter ribbon pieces onto the circle ornament.
I used these simple ribbon lines across all the felt ornaments I made, to keep them simple and easy to make. Most of the ornaments have ribbon that matches the color of felt. However, on the red ornaments I used yellow and green ribbon to make them look a little more like Christmas colors.
Next, I cut out some simple squares and rectangles from the colored felt to make “presents” to place below the tree. I glued ribbon on these (again trimming the ends in a V shape to discourage fraying).
Then I sketched a simple bow pattern onto paper (for a pattern) and cut it out of felt. I didn’t glue the felt bows onto the presents, since I wanted my daughter to be able to move the bows around.
Set it Up
The last step in this simple felt Christmas tree is to set it up so it’s ready for play! You have to mount the green felt tree on the wall (I used double-sided poster tape, but I’ve heard of people using Command Strips or even masking tape). Then you can have fun with your kids decorating and redecorating the tree as much as you want!
You may want to place a bucket near the base of the tree to hold all the felt pieces when not in use, but that’s totally optional.
You’ll want to supervise children while playing with the felt Christmas tree. I decided this felt tree was safe to use with my child, but every parent needs to make that decision for themselves and their children.
I had so much fun making this simple felt Christmas tree for kids and my daughter loves to play with it! When she woke up and saw the felt tree on the wall, she went right to it. Her favorite part is definitely the bows – she puts them on the tree, on the presents, and just carries the bows around the house for fun!
It was so easy for me to make, cutting out the simple felt shapes and gluing on ribbon as a decoration for the ornaments and presents. I’m glad I kept this felt Christmas tree for kids fairly simple by using the ribbon to decorate everything. Sometimes it’s nice to have a simple project!
If you’re looking for more Christmas ideas, don’t miss the Family Activity Advent Calendar with free printable cards, learn how to make potato stamp wrapping paper, and these lovely Christmas tree decorations. The holiday season is so much fun!!
Have you made a felt Christmas tree for kids?