Kid-Friendly Christmas Tree


The idea for felt Christmas trees has been all over Pinterest recently, but my absolute favorite has been this version from Johnny in a Dress.  I love the simplicity of the triangle for the Christmas tree as well as the addition of felt presents at the bottom of the tree!

This is such a fun idea because it works just like those felt boards you had in Sunday school…the felt ornaments stick to the felt tree.  Then, when you want to move them, just take it off and place it somewhere else!   

When I saw that felt was on sale for $2.99 per yard at JoAnn’s last night, I knew we had to give this a try.  I bought 1 yard of green felt (although I could have done 3/4 a yard) and I had the rest of the colors of felt on hand from other projects.

 

Update:  I do not recommend using pushpins to secure the felt onto the wall as this could pose a hazard to young children.  I would recommend using command strips/hooks instead.

 

I estimated about how high I wanted it to be a cut a straight line across my yard of felt.  Then I folded the felt piece in half and used a straight-edge to trace the angled cut.

 

I then used push-pins to attach it to the wall (if you’re reading this, Prince Charming, the holes are REALLY tiny).  :)  Once again, please do not use push pins as I did.  Use command strips/hooks instead.

 

And then I cut out circles, using a cup for my template.

 

I left some plain and on others I used a hot glue gun to add stripes or polka dots.

 

At first, I planned to have the tree in our kitchen.  But then it looked a little too cluttered, so I decided to put it just around the corner.


The boys love getting to decorate and redecorate their very own Christmas Tree!

 

 

Comments

  1. Katie says

    Loved this idea so much, that we made it on the weekend. I couldnt find our hot glue gun so just had plain pieces.
    I used cookie cutters to make the shapes- heart, butterfly, circles and stars. We didnt want pins in the walls, so I stiched cardboard to the back edges and used blue tak to hold it onto the wall.

    I think my 12 month old is still a little bit too young, but she has loved taking the pieces off and is trying to get them back on – all scrunched up.

    Thanks for the idea.

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  2. Becky says

    Command velcro strips will probably hold it up without leaving even tiny holes behind (for the Prince Charmings like mine who would flip out even though they are tiny.) Also my smaller (18 mo.) Prince Charming would find a way to pull out the tacks and nothing good can come out of that.

  3. Cindy says

    This idea sounds really good and I’d like to do this for my one year old but I have a problem with the felt. I just went to a store this week and looked at the felt and it didn’t stick at all. I might have mention that I’m from Switzerland but I thought that fabric should be the same! Is it any special kind of felt? Thank you for helping, I’d really love to do this!

  4. says

    Such a good idea! Easy and cost effective too. Our first baby is just now 4 months old, but I am super excited for her to get a bit older so we can do fun things like this. But I try to remind myself not to wish time away as well! Thank you for the cute idea :)

  5. Judy Sprinkle says

    Great idea and I’m going to do this, myself. However – PLEASE recommend something other than tacks or push pins if it will be used by toddlers or younger. Last year a local toddler found a push pin in a preschool room he attended. He swallowed it and did not survive. Perhaps some other fastener like Velcro or even small nails securely fastened. it’s super easy to patch the holes afterwards, if need be. And all felt is not created equal – you need to look for the felt that is thicker and has a little nap to it.

  6. melly says

    I love the idea. But i would warn anyone not to use push pins or tacks as we had a lady in our office the other day who’s son died from swallowing one. It caused internal bleeding and he died within 24 hours.

  7. Susan Norton says

    I am going to put yellow and red Christmas balls on a tree and let my Kindergarten students work on addition and subtraction. I think they will love it!!! :)

  8. Tracie Barnes says

    What keeps the ornaments from falling off? Did I miss a step? Could you do this with fleece? I have a ton of left over fleece from a previous project…..

  9. Catherine says

    What was the cost for this project? I something similar at Target for $10. I’m trying to decide if I want to try making it myself or just buy it from Target.

    • says

      Probably under $5 for the felt, if you can find it on sale. Honestly, if you can find it at Target for $10 that would be worth it in my book. ;)

  10. Sara Wahlberg says

    Hi there

    Thank you for a clear and inspiring instruction! I also fancy the choice of flags! ;)

    I wonder how the ornaments stick to the tree? I have polyester craft felt and it will not stick. How did you do it? Velcro? Tak?

    Happy holidays,
    Sara, Sweden

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