Oh hi, hello there. It’s been awhile. There’s a lot going on over here with projects and the constant shift in work/life balance that sometimes life gets the best of me and the blog gets neglected. I am sort of a sporadic blogger, but not because I don’t have a ton to post about, but because I don’t have enough time to post.
Today, I wanted to share a little Christmas DIY that’s super easy, toddler-friendly and has been quite the hit in my house.
I am a firm believer in setting boundaries for my children, but asking a toddler to keep their hands off a tree that is covered with sparkly lights and tiny toys is asking a lot. Our girls do a good job, but I thought it was only fair that they had a tree of their own to decorate the way they wanted as many times as they wanted to do it, which is how this little felt tree with removable ornaments came to be.
All you need is a few pieces of felt. Aside from the tree base (green felt), which you’ll need to get from a fabric store, you can just buy additional colors in standard 11×14 sheets from your local craft store. I have felt leftover from a Halloween costume, so that’s why I have some much of it. Rest assured, you don’t need much.
The easiest way to cut the tree is to just fold it in half and cut along one edge, so you mirror the sides. Trees are imperfect, yes, but this technique just makes it a bit easier. You can make the tree as big or as small as you’d like. For reference, mine is 36″ tall and 22″ wide. I would have made it bigger, but since I was using leftover felt from their Halloween costumes, this was all I had to work with.
This is a fun project to get your kids involved in. My 2 1/2 year olds did surprisingly well with the glue. They needed a bit of guidance, but they LOVED it!
**Full disclosure: White glue does not adhere well to felt, so after they went down for their nap, I used hot glue to re-secure all of their decorations.
To make the ornaments, simply cut circles. I used a cup to trace them out and then gave the girls strips and squares of felt to decorate each Christmas ball. I also cut a few stars and other random shapes to give the tree some dimension.
And a tree isn’t complete without lights! I eyeballed the shape of the lights, but it’s a pretty simple raindrop shape. I then attached the lights to a strip of green felt (the string on the light strands are green in our house).
I hot glued the lights and the star tree topper to the tree, but everything else has velcro on it, so the girls can take them on and off as much as they want.
The tree is hanging on a closet door in their bedroom and it’s been quite the hit. It’s a stupid easy, affordable and quick project that you can do with your littles. Give it a try!