Add some charm to your home with these beautiful felt Christmas ornaments.
- felt in colours of your choice
- tree template
- erasable fabric marker or magic tape
- glue gun and glue sticks
- wood saw
- tree branches of different diameters (about 3 different widths for the stand and thinner branches to use as the tree trunk)
- wood glue
- drill with drill bits in sizes to match the ‘trunk’ of the tree
- Cut 2 or 3 discs of wood of varying diameter from different pieces or parts of the branches, depending on how wide you want the base of the tree. We used 2 for one tree and 3 for the others). The discs should
be between 15 and 25mm in width. Stack the discs from small to larger, then glue and clamp together. Leave overnight to cure.
- Using the drill, drill down into the centre of the top wooden disc, deep enough for the trunk to be secured into the hole, about 20mm.
- Using the downloadable template either trace around the template onto the felt or tape the template onto felt using magic tape. Cut out 12 pieces.
- Decide how tall you’d like your tree and cut the thinner piece of branch accordingly (see tips).
- Fold each piece of felt in half vertically and, using the glue gun, apply a straight line of glue to the trunk and attach the edge of the fold onto the glue on the branch, leaving about a centimetre extending past the top end of the trunk of the tree. Work around the trunk in this way, ensuring each piece is well attached and spaced as evenly as possible, until all the pieces have been used. The tips of the felt will be unglued and extend past the end of the trunk.
- Squeeze some glue from the glue gun into the centre of the felt pieces and pinch them together to make contact and form the pinnacle of the tree.
- Stand the tree trunk into the wood base and glue in place.
- Your tree height should be about twice the length of the felt template. If, when you glue the felt onto the trunk you feel it’s too long, you should only break the branch shorter at the TOP END as you would have already drilled the hole in the base to match the diameter of the BASE OF THE BRANCH, which is the end it should fit into.
- You can cut less or more felt pieces and have a thinned-out or denser tree foliage.
Magazine issue date: December, 2018