Felt Up

December 4th, 2012 10:43 PM -05

I am officially one of THOSE moms, the ones who do crafty things.

My first foray into mommy crafts came before the kiddo was born, when I tjuzed a Target storage bin to match the nursery’s owl theme.   Being a total Christmas freak, I knew I had to make Emme a felt tree when I saw this on Pinterest:

It looked easy enough, and I loved the idea of Em having a special tree to (crossing fingers) distract her from attacking the real tree.

I already had fabric scissors and felt glue leftover from the owl bin project, so the kiddo and I made quick felt-buying trip to Hobby Lobby.  I bought 2 yards of dark green cut felt,12 pre-cut felt squares in various colors and one package of green and red wavy felt trim, spending a whopping $15 on the project.

I took advantage of my husband’s day off to make the tree a couple weeks ago.  It took all of two hours.  I would’ve taken a lot less time had I copied the ornaments in the Pinspiration photo, but I wanted to customize them with a few of Em’s favorite things.

The ornaments didn’t stick to the felt tree very well, so I adhered a tiny piece of rough Velcro to the back.  I then attached the tree to the wall using Command poster strips.

Here’s the finished project:

I had so much felt left over that I made a tree for my favorite two year old.  He was born into a bi-festive family, so I had fun making a Christmas Tree/Hanukkah Bush. Only, I had a hell of a time making dreidels with the glitter fabric paint I bought, so I ended up making two glitter versions, one in marker and a blank one.  I kinda love that all four ended up on the tree per his instruction.

So if you’re motivated to make your own, here are a few tips:

  1. When using the felt glue, follow the directions.  “Drrhrr” you say, but your instinct will be to put on a blob of glue and firmly press your felt down so the two pieces stick together.  Don’t.  If you do, the pieces will come apart.  Plop on your glob, gently place one piece atop another and wait for the adhesive to do its magic, forming a strong seal.
  2. Felt is a PITA to cut straight.  Make sure you have super sharp fabric scissors.  I use Scotch Precision Scissors.
  3. Measure your kiddo’s height and account for future growth.  My kiddo is 30″ tall, so I made her a 34″ tree, taking into account the floor board above which it’s mounted.

It was a merry little project for a dork like me.  So much so that I’ve already got next year’s felt-o-fun planned:  a Mr. Potato Head-like snowman with interchangeable accessories.

I can wait to meet you, Felty the Snowman!

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