I pinned this idea (original source here) on Pinterest last year, but at 5 months, I knew Jack wouldn't really be into it yet. This year I KNEW I wanted to make him his very own Christmas tree - out of felt!
Let me just say that this craft hits ALL of my key qualifications:
1. EASY TO ATTAIN MATERIALS
one trip to Hancock Fabrics
$6. 75 - and would have been even cheaper if I had only gotten 1/2 yd instead of 1 yd of the green felt!
and 3. QUICK (about an hour or so of hands-on time, less if you don't have to make breakfast in the middle)
Oh, here's my little helper who ate "cheer-o's" and watched Blue's Clues while I cut.
I got 1 yd of green felt, but only used 1/2 of it; it was originally $6, on sale for $3. Then I planned to get 1/4-1/2 yd of several other colors, but when I got there, they had these pre-cut rectangles for $0.29 each! So I got an assortment of those instead! (FOLLOW MY LEAD on this one!)
I cut the green felt in half and then started to cut out my Christmas tree shape. This took... 5 minutes.
Then, being unfortunately forgetful during the process, I forgot to take pictures of me cutting out the different ornament shapes. I used a larger cup and a smaller cup for the circles, and traced them lightly with a pen. (My gut reaction was to use a sharpie, but I'm glad I didn't because I know that the black marker would have been much more visible than the light pen.)
I used two of the felt rectangles just as they were for presents, and two cut into smaller presents, then I added little embellishments. I also did a few "lights" like the inspiration pictures.
I think it turned out really cute!
Here's the Flash playing with his new tree.
He was just warming up to the idea...
...And this is how it looks most of the time now. Haha! :)
Definitely worth $6.75 and an hour of my time!
If anyone locally wants to do this, I still have 1/2 a yard of green felt - all you need to buy are the felt squares to make the ornaments and presents!
What Christmas crafts are you working on?