December 4, 2012

I Tried It! ... a diy Felt Christmas Tree for Kids

Monsta by Frankenstitch Productions, Elephant by SarahMascara

After putting up a table top sized tree for Milo last year, I stumbled across a bazillion pins for these nifty felt diy Felt Christmas Trees to hang on the wall for kids.
Have you made one?  Isn't it such a a better idea than a real tree that tips every time they move the ornaments around?  I can't even count how many times he took the ornaments on and off that thing last year!

What I used:
I gathered up some felt (about a yard for the tree and a few 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of single colors for the ornaments) and fusible web (about a yard), then hit up Joann's for a festive cotton print (about 1/4 yard at 60% off!) and an iron.  Unless you have the materials on hand already, this project shouldn't cost more than $10 to make.  

How I made the tree:
I did a google search to find a pine tree shape that I liked.  Then, eyeballing the shape I selected, I sketched the design onto my felt.  After that I cut out the tree and applied the fusible web to the back.  

How I made the ornaments:
I made a star and two different types of ornaments: felt circles & pre-printed, cut-out shapes:
To make the felt circles, I traced around a small drinking glass to create circular lines for me to cut.  Then cut, cut and cut until I had enough. 
To make the pre-printed, cut-out shapes, I applied fusible web to the back of the fabric, then ironed the fabric onto the the felt sheets.  Once it cooled down, I cut out each of the characters.

How I attached it to the wall:
I fused it to the wall with the iron.  Yep.  I simply held the felt tree up to the wall, used a pressing cloth between the felt and the iron, and just ironed it right on!  
How long it took me:
I didn't need any special tools or skill, and it only took about an hour.  That's pretty unbeatable compared to the amount of use this thing will get {for, at least, a couple of years}!

As a four year old, symmetry seems to be very important to Milo.  He's even counting and sorting the ornaments too.  When I get some time, I'm going to make some alternate shapes for him to use as the seasons change.  Think: butterflies, birds, squirrels, etc.  The ideas are never ending!

What's your favorite kid craft?  I need ideas!