Christmas sneaks up on everyone at this time. December somehow fast forwards time and throws us right into Christmas with no warning! Every year! We all know it’s coming, but somehow it is still the sneakiest month.
So today I wanted to share a quick DIY Felt Christmas tree with you! It’s a great alternative to trying to keep your little ones away from a live tree with glass ornaments and lights. We considered putting up a real tree like we normally do, but I can’t imagine trying to keep Jude from touching a live tree in the house for three weeks! So this is our alternative. We will add more decorations around the house this week, but for now our felt tree is holding strong as our main attraction this year.
Here’s what you will need:
1 yard of green felt
Various felt squares of different colors
Start with your wrapping paper. Or any other large piece of paper. You will use this to make a template of your tree. I’m glad I did this at the beginning because the first tree I made was not what I intended. It was way too skinny and not fat enough at the bottom.
See what I mean? So I started over and got a much better tree design. I measured the square of my wrapping paper to be one yard by one yard. Then I folded the paper in half and drew a straight line from the top of the crease to the bottom corner. This helped me when I drew my tree to get wider at the bottom and make it look more realistic.
Once I made a few different style ornaments, it was ready to hang the tree! I tried masking tape but it fell down pretty quickly. Partly because the tape wasn’t strong enough, but partly because I have a 15 month old boy who loves to tear things down and explore. So I used command strips and they have really held up well! Even against my little man who is constantly on the prowl for something to tear down.
Once it was up on the wall, all that was left was to decorate it with the felt ornaments we made! It was fun and I love how Jude likes to take them all off and rearrange them. So much easier to let his little hands touch the tree and ornaments then try to keep him away from a real tree!
Linking up today with Tuesday Talk.