A play felt Christmas tree the wee could decorate over & over again? Yes, please.
The idea is floating all around Pinterest. Some of my favorite versions are here + here + here.
It's perfect to keep toddlers busy at play & away from your real Christmas tree. Plus it's super fast, easy + inexpensive to make - my perfect project!
I spent an enjoyable half hour cutting out the felt Christmas tree + making ornaments while listening to Christmas carols by our real Christmas tree. Easy peasy.
When the wee saw it his whole face lit up in smiles. He was so excited to play with "his" Christmas tree! He especially loved the candy canes, nibbling on them & sharing them with us. It was so cute.
The next morning when he woke up he immediately went to give his little play Christmas tree a hug. We have a tree hugger! *Swoon*
• 1/2 yard green felt
• various squares of colored felt for ornaments
• glue gun
• 3M double sided tape to hang
Step 1: Cut out your tree shape from the 1/2 yard of green felt. I freehand drew the shape on the back of the felt using chalk.
Step 2: Cut out various pieces of colored felt for ornaments & the presents, using the glue gun to glue pieces on top of each other for interest. I again freehanded the shapes, cutting them as I went along. The candy canes were cut from a piece of white felt with scrapes of red cut to make stripes. You can also use sticky backed felt if you don't have a glue gun.
Step 3: Hang the felt Christmas tree on the wall using double sided 3M tape (the kind you use to hang posters). Then decorate your tree with the ornaments + presents & let the kids re-arrange to their hearts content. *Felt sticks to felt* so you don't need to use velcro or anything to hang the ornaments.
Total cost of project: Less than $5
Total time to make: 1/2 hour
You can find yards of felt at most fabric stores like JoAnn Fabrics for less than $5/yard. Use a coupon and it's even cheaper! I used extra scrapes of felt leftover from other projects; felt squares can be bought for around 30¢ a square or less at Benjamin Franklin or Michaels.
Kid-friendly, easy on mom + guaranteed to add lots of Christmas cheer.