If you have young kids and you don’t want them messing with your Christmas tree, try a felt Christmas tree that they can decorate and play with all they want.
The great thing about this type of Christmas tree is that there is nothing they can break or ruin and they will love having their own tree that they can decorate anyway they want.
Best of all you can easily make your own felt Christmas tree or check out one of the inexpensive done-for-you felt Christmas trees that you can buy below as well.
Making your own felt tree is pretty simple and you can take a lot of liberties and get creative with it, but it will take you some time to make it. For older kids you can even get them involved with making the tree and the ornaments to go on it.
How To Make a Felt Christmas Tree
You’ll need a few supplies for this Christmas craft.
- Green felt (approximately a yard)
- Various colors of felt for decorations
- Cardboard or Card Stock
- Glitter glue, sequins, or other accessories for decorating
- Adhesive strips or Velcro strips
Draw your tree outline on the green felt. You should be able to find the large felt on rolls at your local craft or sewing store. The easiest way to draw your tree is to fold the felt in half and draw the outline on the one side of the fold so that when you cut it out each side is exactly the same.
Use the cardboard or card stock to make a template for your ornaments. An easy way to make a circle ornament is to find a cup or glass around your home and trace the circle so it’s perfectly round.
If you want to get a little creative you can do different decorations besides just round ornaments. If you have large cookie cutters you can trace those for ornaments. Other things you could include on your tree are teddy bears, snowmen, hearts, presents, candy canes, and Christmas lights.
You will also want a star or other topper for the top of the Christmas tree as well.
Once you have all your templates made then trace them onto the felt and cut them out.
You can use them just as they are as plain decorations or you can use glitter glue, puffy paint, sequins or other items to decorate the ornaments as you want. You can also use the other felt pieces you have to embellish the ornaments as well.
Use adhesive strips to hang your Christmas tree on the wall. Be sure to hang the tree with the bottom at the bottom of the wall so your kids can reach the whole tree.
Let your kids take the decorations and place them where they want on the tree. The felt decorations will stick to the tree without needing glue or tape.
Your kids can decorate it once and then let it be or let them decorate it over a couple different times throughout the holiday to keep them away from the real Christmas tree.
Buy a Felt Christmas Tree for Your Kids
If you are short on time this holiday or you simply just want to buy an already made felt tree with all the decorations there are some really nice options available.
You can buy a pre-made large felt Christmas tree that can be hung on the wall along with different felt ornaments, lights, and even presents to decorate the tree. I recommend that you buy the tree along with the decorations in a kit together as it is cheaper and your child can still get to decorate the tree the way they want.
One of my favorite felt trees for Christmas is this one made by Precious Cargo Designs at Etsy.com.
The neat thing about this tree is that they red presents at the bottom are pockets where you can store all the ornaments and decorations for the tree so you don’t lose them for next year.
The presents are not removable but the other decorations are.
You can also find more great felt Christmas trees for kids at Etsy.com.
These felt Christmas trees are great for toddlers and preschoolers and make a pretty cute decoration on your wall for the holidays.