I'm taking you back to Christmas 2000 to share these cute, tabletop felt Christmas trees!
There are two different size trees shown here: one stands about 9" tall; the other is about 10-1/2" tall.
What you'll need:
- 1/4" diameter dowel rods; 5" long for smaller tree and 7" long for taller tree.
- 1 x 3 pine board - cut in varying lengths (mine are 3" to 4")
- green felt (9" x 12" for small trees; 12" x 14" for big trees)
- fluff batting
- buttons or beads to decorate
- white acrylic paint
- wood glue
- drill / drill bit for dow rod
- small handsaw
- fine-grit sand paper
- sewing machine
- please don't forget to 'do the math' if you're making more than 1 tree at a time!
1. Make wood stands. Cut dowel rods and pine boards to size; sand edges smooth. Drill appropriate size hole in center of wood. Glue dowel rod into place with wood glue. Let dry. Paint stand with white paint. Optional: Sand edges down after painting for a 'worn' look.
2. Make trees. Fold felt in half. Draw a simple tree shape & tree trunk on one side. Cut out pieces and sew together with scant edge - leaving the bottom of the trunk open!
3. Stuff trees. Take one of your dowel rods and use it to stuff your trees with fluff. Push it inside and mush it around with your fingers to get a little bit into the stems. Don't overstuff or you won't be able to fit your tree on top of your dowel rod.
Imperfection in the shape, stitching & stuffing adds to the charm. The final size of the tree is really up to you...no hard & fast rules here.
4. Decorate trees. Peanutman was 3 years old at the time - he picked out buttons with tractors and dinosaurs, of course! I let him glue the buttons down where he wanted with fabric glue, and then I went back and stitched them into place right where he left them (see image below). For the other trees, I used beads from Matt's grandma's costume jewelry & hemp string bows.
Word of warning: check the positioning of your dowel rod before you stitch buttons & embellishments into place. If you have sewn buttons down the center, you may end-up with a lopsided tree b/c you won't be able keep the dowel rod centered. See the dinosaur tree? Trust me on this one!! :)
Once you're done, just thread the trees onto the dowel rods. Done!
Lots of room for your own creativity here!! Changing sizes, shapes, embellishments...it's all up to you! Have fun!