I’ve seen lots of beautiful felt christmas tree pins floating around. And every time I followed a link through there were instructions on how to make ornaments and cut out the felt, but never anything about how to get the darn tree to stay up. I wanted to make one for little man for this year and here we go – here is how we made the actual felt Christmas tree and how it stands up.
- 1 meter of green felt (I ordered mine from Bear Dance Crafts here in Canada)
- boxes (I grabbed mine from the LCBO because they were free)
- box cutter
- duct tape
- spray adhesive
- hot glue gun
- yard stick
Construction: I’m going to run through what we actually did and then provide comments on what might be easier (based on what we learned)
First up we draw an outline of a tree on the felt, getting an idea of the shape. I had ordered a full meter of wool felt (which I needed for the width), but could have used only half the length.
Then we took our collection of boxes (all liquor store bottles because we didn’t have any handy at home and it’s a common thing here in Ontario to grab extra boxes from the LCBO).
We broke the boxes down and then laid them out to check against the felt tree.
Then we duct taped the boxes together so that there was a double layer of cardboard (for stability). My husband traced the tree shape onto the cupboard and we did some measuring to then cut out the actual tree shape.
My improvement would have been to build the cardboard tree base, draw the shape on directly and use the box cutters to cut it out. What we did got us there, but it took more time.
Once the cardboard shape was cut out, we spent some time reinforcing any areas that were a little thin/wobbly.
Then we went down into the basement and used some spray adhesive to join the cardboard to the felt.
We left it flat overnight to bond (and because it was 11pm by then). This morning I went through and finished the edges. I went around and duct taped the felt overlap to the back of the tree. Another option would have been to use a hot glue gun.
It’s pretty awesome. The tree stands up on it’s own and can be leaned up against a wall or tucked behind something when you need to put it away.
I still have to make more ornaments (and some presents to go under the tree!) – I’ll use this awesome pdf pattern for felt christmas ornaments that my friend Laura made for me. But here are the few that I already had ready to go!
I’m so glad that this is finally in progress. I started dreaming about this last winter, but couldn’t get my time well enough organized to get it done. I honestly ordered my felt in September (which feels really early to start planning for Christmas activities), but it gave enough time for a custom order to get made and it gave me a week or two to find the time to get this made.
The actual work wasn’t to bad – we spread it out over two nights after bedtime. I’ll spend another evening or two make some more ornaments so that I can unveil this next weekend.
Now, please cross your fingers for me and let’s all hope that this means that little man will happily decorate his tree instead of fussing with the main tree!