Oh, Christmas Tree

This handmade felt Christmas tree makes the perfect mantel centerpiece for your holiday decorating. These trees look very nice alone or grouped together in varying shades of green. Experiment with different fabrics to completely change the look of your tree. Because straight pins are used to secure the fabric, felt can be removed (and new felt added) whenever you choose to change your Christmas color scheme.

Supplies needed for one ruffled tree:

• 1 Styrofoam tree form - available from The Dollar Tree
• Green felt (amount depends on the size of your tree)
• Straight pins
• Glue gun and hot glue sticks
• Wired yarn or ribbon in red

 

 

 

1

Cut out felt circles

Cut out dozens of half dollar-sized circles from your felt. Don't worry about being exact because this project is forgiving to the poor circle cutter. The amount of circles you need will depends on what size tree form you are using. For reference, the taller, sage green tree shown measures approximately 7-inches tall and required approximately 120 circles of felt.

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Add petals to the tree form

To create the "petals," take one circle at a time, fold it in half, then fold it in half again. Secure each folded felt piece to the tree using a straight pin through the point of the felt into the tree form. Start at the base, working your way around your tree in layers. Take care with your placement so that most, if not all, of the Styrofoam base is obscured from view.

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3Conceal the top

Once you have completely covered your tree with the folded felt circles, cut a smaller circle and glue to the remaining visible Styrofoam at the top of the tree.

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Top it with a bow

Tie a bow out of wired yarn (as shown) or wired ribbon and glue into place. Your decorative felt Christmas tree is complete!

 

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