Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jack's Felt Christmas Tree

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

2. CHEAP
$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! 

I'm linking up to Dare to DIY: Deck the Halls with Kim @ the NewlyWoodwards

What Christmas crafts are you working on?

12 comments:

  1. How stinkin' cool is this? I love how it turned out and I never would have imagined it was that inexpensive or easy.

    You should really link this up to Dare to DIY in a few weeks for Dare to deck the halls. It's a great project!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Yeah, I didn't expect it to be this easy and cheap either! I will definitely link up to the Dare series!! Thanks for the encouragement!! :)

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  2. What a good idea! I may just do this for the kids!

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    1. You can have the rest of my green felt!!!

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  3. Thanks again for linking up to Dare to DIY! I love this project. Does Jack love it?

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    1. Thanks Kim! He LOVES to take it all down! Putting the ornaments back on.. we're getting there. :)

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  4. This is so adorable! I have a 2-year old boy . . . I bet he'd love something like this. How do you get the ornaments to stick? Does the felt stick together on its own, or did you use velcro or something? And how did you hang it on the wall without damaging the paint? (I'm paranoid about that!) Love this idea, and it came out so cute!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! The felt sticks to itself, which is awesome! I have to show Jack how to "pat pat pat" to get it to stay, but he's starting to get it. I put it on the wall with 3M command strips, so I'll have to use new ones each year. If you have regular drywall, then you could probably use small tacks - we have plaster walls and they are just not easy to tack into. It was a really simple project to do - let me know if you try it! :) Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Such an awesome idea! And so inexpensive! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you! I was thrilled with how it turned out!! :) Thanks for your comment!

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  6. How fun. I want a grown-up sized one. :P Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to actually have something worth linking. :) Thanks for your comment!

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