Felt is such an easy and interesting material to work with. When Erin offered to make it part of our "Christmas material challenge", I got very excited. So I decided to make easy Christmas ornaments from felt.
I'm planning to make a series of shutter proof aka toddler-proof DIY Christmas ornaments and I think felt is the king in this category. It's easy to work with, very affordable and the best part.. the ornaments won't break leaving a thousand pieces on the floor.
Some prying hands might still grab it and rip it apart but without any danger. A few years ago I made a lot of DIY Christmas ornaments, but most of them were from glass and last year, after we lost a bunch of them, I vowed that we won't have anything that can break on the Christmas tree till kids grow up a bit.
If you are interested, I wrote about 10 ideas on how to toddler-proof your Christmas tree. It might be helpful if you have toddlers at home.
But let's get to felt ornaments.
There are tons of ornaments you can make from felt, but I chose these few that look super cute and don't take much time to make.
If you prefer a video version of these tutorials, you can find it HERE
Gingerbread man in a COVID mask ornament
2020 for all of us has been a weird year. I feel that we all need To have a reminder that we are so strong and we can overcome anything that thrown our way. The best way is through humor. So this gingerbread man wearing a mask is a symbol of the struggle that we faced and a reminder that we can overcome it!
I think he is adorable and a perfect addition to our 2020 Christmas tree. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a Christmas tree ornament from the felt of a Gingerbread man with a COVID mask.
- Felt (brown, white)
- Sewing machine
- Toy stuffing
- Hot glue gun
- Needle and thread
- Yellow ribbon
- Acrylic paint (optional)
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- Using a template (you can find it in my Resource library when you sign up for a newsletter) trace a gingerbread man on the felt. Make two of them.
- Fold 2 pieces together and sew them on the border, leaving out one side. Turn it over and iron it. Or don't haha I and ironing aren't good friends so I always choose to skip this step.
- Fill the inside of the gingerbread man with a filling. You can use a pencil or something long and sharp to push stuffing to the legs and arms of the little man.
- Close the opening on the top either by hand or using a sewing machine. I used the latter.
- Cut out a small triangle from white felt and little threads. Glue it on the face to make a mask.
- Glue yellow embellishments on legs and arms.
- Using acrylic paints, draw eyes and buttons.
Who is staring at you? Don't you think it's such a fun and true representation of 2020? This gingerbread man with a mask makes me smile every time I look at him. And this is exactly why you should make one for yourself!
Or if you prefer to buy:
I saw this kind of ornaments in a few stores, this one is my favorite.
Lollipops Christmas ornaments from felt
I think these lollipops are my favorite Christmas ornaments from felt. They are so easy to make but look very cute and funny and could cheer up your Christmas tree, adding a fun element to it.
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- Cut felt into 1in strips. Make 10 of them. I cut them vertically, but I think it would work if you cut them horizontally too.
- Place strips on top of each other, rotating colors. When placing it, make sure that the inside strip will come out a bit, this way when you roll them, it won't stick out too much.
- Slowly roll the strips in one direction, use a hot glue gun to secure them from falling apart.
- When you roll it all the way, glue the ends together. Trim the excess to make it more neat and tidy.
- Glue a craft stick on the back (more ugly) side 😄
- Add a string from the back to make a hook for hanging it on the tree.
If you want to buy:
I found these cute little ornaments from Etsy, and I think they look just perfect to decorate any Christmas tree, especially in a household with kids😅
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3-D Christmas tree from felt
- Make a template on paper, or find one in my Resource Library. You can get access by signing up to my newsletter or download it from here.
- Trace the template on felt and cut out 4 trees (or 5 if you want it to be more fluffy). I found it's way easier to cut if you have sharp scissors. Duuh! Haha It also could be a great project to make with Cricut!
- When the trees are cut out, start attaching them together using a hot glue gun, or sew it together. You need to glue one half of the tree to another tree.
- After you attach the first peace, move on to the next half. In the end, you'll have two halves left. Glue them together.
- Put a stick inside and secure it with hot glue.
- Attach a string for hanging. I used a regular cotton thread since it goes with the overall theme of my Christmas.
If you prefer to buy:
I found so many gorgeous variations of these trees. I'm sure you'll fall in love with them!
YouTube button from felt
Every Christmas I like to have a tradition of making ornaments resembling the previous year. We even have a family tradition to go to Vermont for fall foliage and visit a Christmas shop there, where we get ornaments for each member of the family that means something to them.
Since this year I started a YouTube channel, I thought it was appropriate to create a felt YouTube button to celebrate my new beginnings! As most of these Christmas tree ornament from felt, it's super simple and fast to make.
You can use a hot glue gun, or stitch it by hand. I went the short cut and used a sewing machine. Let me show you the easy way to make this YouTube button.
- Cut 2 small rectangular. Round the edges.
- Using a sewing machine, sew 3 sides of this felt ornament.
- Fill it up with toy stuffing and see the remaining part, making sure all stuffing is inside.
- Cut a small triangle and glue it on the top. Add a small thread to hang on the tree. I used a hot glue gun for it.
If you prefer to buy:
This seller has a very cute one. I'm sure if you have a friend who started YouTube this year, they will be delighted if you give this Christmas ornament from felt.
What is your favorite Christmas ornament from felt? Are you making any handmade Christmas ornaments this year or you prefer to buy them?
Leave me a comment below, I'd love to see what's everyone is up to.
We've already done macrame and clay, you can see the schedule below:
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