DIY Felt Christmas Tree

Have you ever tried to get a toddler to leave a Christmas tree full of ornaments alone? Yeah, not an easy task.

We put our Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. While decorating it, Trent wanted to help, so we showed him how to hang the ornaments (not the expensive ones!). He was able to do some and then for a few days after, he kept going over to the tree and pulling them off so he could hand them to us to hang. He thought he was helping, but we wanted to put the tree in a bubble.

Luckily, after a few days, he stopped trying to “help” and now leaves the tree alone. But we didn’t want to take away the fun of decorating a tree, so we made him his very own tree that he can decorate over and over again without mommy and daddy screaming “No, Trent!”

Felt Christmas Tree DIY


This was an easy project and it cost us less than $10! I took a trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies (with my 40% off coupon in hand). I got one square yard of green felt from the fabric section where an employee had to cut it for me (similar on Amazon). There were bags of it in the felt section, but I liked being able to see what I was getting. With my 40% off coupon, the fabric came in at just under $4.

I also picked up several sheets of felt in various colors at 4 for $1 (here’s a whole bunch of colors on Amazon). I made sure to get at least 1 yellow sheet for the star tree topper and then a dinosaur pattern just because I thought it was cute. The rest were just different primary-type colors.

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Brett cut the tree. He used a Sharpie to outline the tree on one side. It’s ok if you mess up the lines, because this side won’t show.

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Instead of drawing the entire tree and risk being asymmetrical, he drew one side and then folded it in half and cut along the lines he drew.

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

See, once you flip it over, you don’t see any of the lines drawn on the other side.

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I created the star, ornaments and gifts. I just cut various shapes (including a Mickey head!) in different colors. The star looks a little funky, but it works and I was not doing it over again seeing it took me so long the first time. I used fabric glue for the ornaments and gifts that had extra decorations on them.

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To stick the tree on the wall, we just used little pieces of 3M double-sided sticky foam placed along the edges.

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It seemed weird to us before trying it, but felt really does stick to other felt, but you have to push it on flat, so sometimes it doesn’t stick as well, especially for a toddler that just wants to push the pieces up any way he can.

But he doesn’t seem to mind….he loves it!

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(Someone needs his first haircut!)

He even points to the Mickey head and laughs.

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He has a tendency to want to stack all the ornaments on top of each other, but whatever makes him happy. He definitely has fun with it.

“Where should I put this ornament? Decisions…decisions.”

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Admiring his work.

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Brett captured a short video of Trent putting on an ornament. Tell me: do you think he likes it?

{Pardon the mess, we just got back from Disney and Trent insisted on unpacking his toys onto the floor!}

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  • Tonya
    Dec 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I tried this with my son this year and he loves it. He helps make the decorations also. He is 4.

    • Lynn Svenson
      Dec 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      That’s so great to hear! 🙂

  • mary mcdonald
    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    is the 3m sticky foam removable? does it stay up?

    • Lynn Svenson
      Dec 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      We were able to remove it and it didn’t mess up the felt or the paint on the wall. We are using it again this year and just added new strips.

  • Robin
    Nov 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This is a wonderful idea for little ones. I am going to make a tree this weekend! I know the little one Justin who is 16 mths will absolutely love it!! Thank you for your great idea!

  • Margaret
    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Will be making this for our grandson..going to buy today…

  • Jana
    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Awe you should have gone to harmony barber shop while at disney! We have an appointment in 3 weeks. And my son has like no hair. Haha.

    • Lynn Svenson
      Dec 3, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      He went there for his 1st haircut the next month after this was posted. 🙂