Christmas is right around the corner—what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by crafting some homemade decorations with your kids? These DIY felt ornaments are the perfect thing to make together. They look beautiful and are easily customizable so each person can create a unique festive look.
Whether you want to decorate your tree with these brightly colored baubles or give handmade gifts to loved ones, this is an easy and fun project that will inject some holiday cheer into your home.
With just a few materials from your local craft store, you’ll soon have unique felt creations that will bring a smile to anyone’s face! Read on for our step-by-step guide on how to create these whimsical adornments for your Christmas this year!
Easy first sewing project
I love involving my children with Christmas projects this time of year, especially when they are on school vacation. Without keeping their hands busy, they get bored easily. This year our favorite craft is making Christmas tree ornaments with felt and embellishments.
Making these felt ornaments is fun for kids as young as 4 years old, but I think it’s pretty fun as an adult too! I must admit that I’ve dusted off my embroidery needles to make several of my own Christmas tree ornament creations.
That being said, it’s an easy project to make. As a matter of fact, I think these felt ornaments are the perfect first sewing project for kids.
Younger children can sew buttons and beads on the front of the Christmas tree and let Mom help sew the pieces together.
If you have really young kids who want to be involved, you can let them glue on the embellishments with fabric glue.
But you will be surprised how well young children can sew with a little help! A few wrong stitches, knots in the thread, or loops on the front of the ornament only add to the character of each ornament!
Now, let’s gather some supplies and make Christmas memories AND cute ornaments with your kids! You’ll need:
- Felt fabric sheets – green and brown
- Embroidery or sewing thread and a needle
- Star-shaped button
- Decorations – assorted buttons, beads, sequins, ricrac, etc.
First, fold a piece of green felt in half, and cut out a triangle shape so you have two identical triangles. While you can do this with regular scissors, I recommend using pinking shears if you have them for a cute finished edge.
Sew decorations on one of the triangles. Remember, you can also do this with fabric glue if sewing isn’t an option. This is the part where kids love to let their little imaginations go wild!
Once they are done decorating, cut a small brown rectangle for the tree trunk. Sandwich it between the two green triangles. If the child has little sewing experience, make a little stitch to hold the trunk in place. Otherwise, you can secure it with glue.
Next, cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon.
Starting on one edge, sew the triangles and trunk together. Make sure you leave an opening along one side that’s about 1.5 inches long so you can add filling.
When you get to the top point of the triangles, fold the ribbon in half, making a hanging loop, and sandwich it between the points of the two triangles. Then, sew through both triangles and the ribbon.
Then, stuff the tree through the 1.5-inch opening. Stitch the opening shut.
Finally, sew a star button to the top of the tree.
And you’re finished with your felt Christmas tree ornaments!
Different ideas for decorating DIY felt ornaments
One of my favorite things about this project is there are a million different ways you can decorate these DIY felt ornaments (just like a real-life Christmas tree!).
See the variety my children created?
I highly recommend allowing each child to choose their own decor. A few options to have on hand are:
- Buttons in various shapes and colors
- Colorful ribbons
- Glitter glue or glitter glue pens
- Mini jingle bells
Plus, you can use the same basic instructions above and make different shapes to decorate. A few ideas include:
- Gingerbread men
- Classic round ornaments
- Snow globes
Whatever you make, your kids are guaranteed to have a blast. We had so much fun crafting this fun project together – I can’t wait to make more or another variety with my children soon!
Where to put felt ornaments
Now all you have left to do is to hang up your new felt Christmas tree ornament!
Of course, you could simply hang them up on the tree, but I have other ideas for you too!
String together these DIY felt ornaments and create a festive garland to hang on your mantle. We did this last year and it was a hit!
Or tie your felt Christmas tree ornament to the top of a present as a cute keepsake. You know Grandma will love it! And if your children make as many of these fun, adorable felt Christmas tree ornaments as mine did, you will need to give some away! 😉
I hope you and your children enjoy this simple sewing project! Have fun making these DIY felt ornaments.