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I’ll have a glue, glue Christmas — #6: Felt tree garland

There are vastly different ways to trim a Christmas tree. Some prefer the all-white glitter tree, while I love bright colors and a homey hodgepodge of ornaments and garlands.

As I was preparing to trim our tree last week I opened our ornament box and was delighted to find a felt garland I’d constructed last year. I had forgotten about it and it kind of made my day to place it on our tree this year. I love popcorn garlands, but they get pretty messy and i have a toddler who is fascinated with the tree and eating things, so I imagine it wouldn’t last long.

This craft is cheery, colorful and easy. It does require the use of a sewing machine and some monotonous cutting. I recommend putting on “A Christmas Story” or some other holiday film you have memorized and cut out your felt while watching it. Mulled wine could be included, if desired.

DIY Felt Tree Garland | #6 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

Easy felt tree garland: No. 6 on Alaska Knit Nat’s DIY Holiday Craft Guide

  • Craft felt in many different colors (about $5 at Walmart)
  • Fabric scissors (optional but extremely helpful)
  • Sewing machine


Fold a piece of felt in fourths and cut out 1-inch circle-ish shapes. Repeat with other felt colors until you have about 300 hundred (I really didn’t count. I just cut out circles until I was sick of it.)

Place all your circles in a bowl and set next to your sewing machine. Start sewing across the diameter of a circle with a straight stitch. When you get to the end of the circle, start sewing through another circle. Repeat this until you’ve run out of circles. You’re basically just lining up the circles side by side and sewing a seam through them to keep them together. I didn’t follow a color pattern, I just sewed them randomly. It doesn’t matter what thread color you use, but I imagine gold thread would look neat. I used white. It’s ok if there are gaps between the circles. If you run out of thread mid-garland, just rethread your machine and sew across the most recently sewn circle.

Wrap your garland around your tree. If it’s too short, make more circles and take your garland back to your sewing machine.

DIY Felt Tree Garland | #6 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

DIY Felt Tree Garland | #6 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

Quick Craft — Felt Christmas Tree

We recently put up our Christmas tree and I’ve discovered that my year-and-a-half-old son enjoys dismantling the lower part of the tree as often as possible.

So I made him his own tree for about $5. His tree is 2-D, felt and has occupied about 30 minutes of his attention — which is a lot!

Quick Craft -- Felt Christmas Tree | Alaska Knit Nat

Here’s what you need:

1 yard green felt


scraps of felt in many colors

fabric scissors

masking tape

pinking shears (optional)



Fold your green felt hotdog style and make half a tree shape along the fold. Cut out your tree shape and tape to a wall at toddler height.

Quick Craft -- Felt Christmas Tree | Alaska Knit Nat

Cut out various shapes from the other felt — hearts, diamonds, circles, ovals, stars, etc. Use pinking shears for decorative value.

Quick Craft -- Felt Christmas Tree | Alaska Knit Nat

Hand the shapes to your toddler and watch him go to town. The felt sticks to the felt.

Obviously not decorate by a toddler.
Obviously not decorated by a toddler.