I came across some vintage wooden toy blocks at a thrift store and snatched them up thinking they would be the perfect base for some felt Christmas trees!
Making these felt Christmas trees is fast and easy and very similar to making these wool lavender flower sprigs. You just need some good quality felt, dowel rods, glue, and some wooden toy blocks or other base.
I used a dark green felt, but these Christmas trees would also look beautiful using a cream felt.
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Using Wool or Felt for the Trees:
I originally planned on making these Christmas trees using felted wool. Before I started taking pictures for this post, I made a sample tree using craft felt because I didn’t want to waste my felted wool when trying to figure how best to make them.
I used felted wool for the Christmas trees you will see in the tutorial pictures. Unfortunately, these trees turned out to be VERY Droopy! So I took them apart and remade the Christmas trees using a good quality felt.
If you have a stiff felted wool, it might work great for this project, but probably a good quality felt is your best bet to make these Christmas trees.
Other Supplies for the Christmas Trees:
Preparing the Supplies:
If you don’t have a walnut colored dowel rod, you can stain or paint your dowel rods to look like a tree trunk.
For the three trees, cut the dowel rods into 5″, 6″, and 7″ lengths.
Drill a 1/2″ deep hole into the middle of the top of the block the correct size for your dowel rods.
If needed, you can also age your blocks by sanding or staining. Mine have a nice faded look to them already so I just added a coat of wax.
Cut pieces of felt 6″ x 12″, 5″ x 11″, and 4″ x 10″.
Making the Branch Strips:
Put a stripe of glue along the long end of one of the pieces of felt. Fold it in half lengthwise. Repeat with other pieces of felt. Let dry.
Now you will cut off the folded edge of each felt piece at an angle.
The cutting line runs one inch down from the glued edges on one end of the felt to the very corner of the opposite end of the felt on the folded edge.
On the angled side of the wool, cut slits 1/4″ apart all the way across. Cut up to but not into the glue. The slits should be longer as the piece of wool gets wider.
These cuts don’t need to be perfectly measured. These will form the branches of the Christmas tree so a little imperfection will look fine.
Repeat with other pieces of felt.
Make the Felt Christmas Trees:
Match up the largest piece of felt with the 7″ dowel rod, the middle sized felt with the 6″ rod and the smallest piece of felt with the 5″ dowel rod.
Put some glue on the end of a dowel rod.
Place the narrow end of its matching felt onto the end of the stick with the slits sticking up beyond the dowel rod.
Start wrapping the felt branches around the dowel rod, adding glue as needed and angling the felt strip down the dowel rod.
Continue gluing and twisting until you get to the end of the felt. Fold the end of the felt around the dowel rod and glue to keep it secure.
After the glue is dry, push the dowel rod into the toy block base.
Repeat for other trees.
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