I am so excited about this project today!  A Children’s Felt Christmas Tree is perfect kid’s Christmas activity for all the small people in your life (and your sanity also!)  Give your kids a tree that’s up to them to decorate as they please, hopefully leaving your real tree alone too!

Felt Christmas Tree. Perfect for little curious people!
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EDITED TO ADD: You may now find the patterns and free cut files for this project here!  Patterns for tracing and cutting as well as SVG files for use with Cricut and Silhouette Machines!

My kids have mostly been pretty good at leaving the ornaments alone on our tree.  I put all the keepsake/breakable ones up on top and all of their ornaments and the plastic ones on the bottom!

{{Funny side story:  When Michael was young, our tree was in the corner of our living room in MN and shielded by the arm of the sofa and the hearth of the fireplace so he was pretty good at leaving it be.  Well with Ryan, it was just plain out in the open right in front of our huge living room windows in our house in Joplin.  So Ryan was more of a challenge to keep away.  I told him that he couldn’t touch the ornaments but he COULD wave at them, blow them kisses, tell them hello, give them thumbs up or tell them they were pretty!  So you would walk into the room and he’d be standing there, crouched down saying “I wuv you!” or waving at them…so stinking cute! }}

OK back to the felt tree!  This project is so easy and really your options for decorations are endless!   Use anything you have on hand too!  Great for those scraps!

Supplies Needed for Felt Christmas Tree:

First I folded the green felt square in half and used some chalk to draw the shape of a tree.  I realized it needed to be much wider to hold ornaments for TWO boys so I made it wider.

Felt Christmas Tree Pattern

Then simply cut along your pattern lines and unfold to lay flat.

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree

Next, I started cutting ornaments.  I used a glass to form a circle and then free-handed a star and “pointy ornament” as Michael calls them!  You can make shapes also.  Get as creative as you want or keep it as simple as you need!  This project is for everyone!

Circle Felt Ornaments with Decor

I cut a bunch of small circles to use as decorations on the ornaments themselves or as lights on the tree!

Pointy Ornaments

I also cut some squares and rectangles for presents.  I hot glued strips in a plus sign to resemble the ribbon wrapped around a gift and a bow to go on top!

Present Pieces

Here’s what it looks like put together!


If you keep all your squares and rectangles the same size then you can just make several “ribbon” pieces and they are all interchangeable on the gifts!

Last but certainly not least…gift tags!

Felt Gift Tags

Here is the kids’ felt tree!  Felt sticks to felt so you do not need any adhesive on the pieces themselves.  They go on and off just with a bit of static cling :)

Christmas Felt Tree Tutorial

The Santa Bin I made last year as found it’s use for this year!  To hold all the felt pieces of the tree!  Because as much as my kids love decorating their felt tree…they love un-decorating it even more!!  I had felt pieces all over the place!

Santa Bin

I used some double-sided poster tape to hang the tree on the wall.  Then the kids had fun decorating it up.

How to make a felt Christmas Tree at thatswhatchesaid.com

They mix and match and have a great time!  Michael used all the gift bows as tree tip decorations and it looked really cute and then he used all the polka dots for the presents!  I love their creativity!  They also set up their Little People Nativity under their felt tree too!  SO CUTE!

You can also use this as a great learning opportunity also on colors and shapes, depending on how you cut your ornaments!  Never miss an opportunity to let them learn!

Want some more Christmas Projects that the kids can get involved with?  This ADORABLE Thumbprint String of Christmas Lights Frame is a favorite and also check out all my ornaments as well!

Find my Felt Jack-o-Lantern Felt Activity here!  Perfect for Halloween fun!

Felt Jack-O-Lantern Faces for Kids

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