DIY Felt Christmas Tree
Updated: Apr 2, 2020
***This blog was originaly written in 2015 when Pooh was two.
See below for a 2017 update!***
With the holidays just around the corner, I figured I would share how I combated toddler Christmas tree terror.
We all know that toddlers are notorious for destroying Christmas trees. Pooh is no different, and when she was two I decided to find a way for her to have a Christmas tree without me having to clean it up 10 times a day. Because, who the hell has time for that?
Instead of spending the Christmas season chasing Pooh, rouge ornaments, harassed lights, and a tipping tree, I decided to make a tree that Pooh can play with to her heart’s content. I went to the crafter’s mecca Pinterest and typed in “toddler Christmas tree”.
Almost instantly images of felt Christmas trees popped up. Immediately I knew that would be perfect for Pooh.
So I went to Amazon and ordered a 36 x 36 in block of green felt and a stash of small felt blocks in multiple colors. Thanks to Prime I was ready to get to work two days later. I cut the green felt into a triangle, added yellow ribbon to look like lights/garland/tinsel/whatever, and then tacked it to the wall so I had a visual to work with.
Then I got to work making the ornaments. The stash of felt had over 40 pieces and so I had a lot of colors to choose from. I decided to stick with round ornaments this year, as this was the first time I had ever done anything like this. Once I cut out a few circles, I thought they looked plain so I went back to Pinterest and looked at hand stitches. I decided on the blanket stitch and then found a video on YouTube that taught the stitch. After a few tries and more than a few curse words, I got the hang of it.
After that, I cut out big and little circles and did the blanket stitch on them. Then I added a yellow star at the top. Below is the finished product. We hung it on the wall with double sided tape. I’m really happy with it and Pooh loved it! She decorated and undecorated it so many times I lost count. We even used it as a background for her Christmas pictures. We resurected it last year when she was three, and we'll likely bring it back out this year.
Pooh is now four and still loves her tree! We can put up a big tree now, because she won't get in it, but she still loves this one and was really excited to decorate it when I put it up on Saturday. In the last three days, she's decorated it at least six times. This is one of the best craft projects I've ever done!