Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Felt Recreatable Christmas Tree

 
 
If you look on Pinterest or follow any other children's blogs you may have already seen a similar Tree to this; A Felt Children's Christmas Tree.
I made our Felt Re-createable Christmas Tree last year but never did a blog post on it as there were so many others at the same time so here we are now, setting it up for the second year.
 
The basic idea of the Felt tree is that it is a very special Christmas tree, made especially for the child to recreate. They are always distracted and drawn to the shining sparkling Christmas tree decorations but once your tree is up, you would like it to stay that way.
With out little monkeys swinging off it trying to grab up at the decorations, rearrange the tinsel, possibly even trying to climb to the star at the top!
Sound Familiar?

That's where the Felt tree comes in handy. This is their very own Christmas Tree that they are allowed to grab at and re-decorate over and over again keeping their fingers busy and away from the real thing. 

All you need is Felt. A Large Piece of Green (well it doesn't have to be green, you might like a White snow Tree), cut into the shape of a tree. Then smaller felt pieces in different colours for your decorations. Pin your tree up to a wall or large board and get your decorations cut out ready to play with. Then your little one can recreate their tree every day.

 
Its like a large felt board, just cut your circular balls, some stars, stocking shapes and so on as your decorations. You can be as plain or as crafty as you like.
You can use Christmas Cookie cutters as inspiration, simply trace your shape and cut it out.
I used a hot glue gun to combine colours on some of the decorations and to make some presents.
Now the felt tree can be created with any themed colours in any way every single day if they like, one day might be all stars, or all red decorations, one day it may remain blank or with no presents.
Dimples has a small gift bag that his decorations stay in at the bottom of his tree until he wants to decorate it.
 
Happy Adventures  :)

11 comments:

  1. I need to do this! I am going to buy supplies this weekend and put it up the night before we put up the real tree. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. This is a really good idea. Could also use it as like an advent - bringing out each new decoration a day. Thanks for sharing - am off to pin it.

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  3. What a great idea ! My boys would love this, and it would be a great way to distract little ones from playing with the real tree. Thanks for the idea !

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  4. LOVE IT!! Am going to price up and look at possibility of doing one for my nursery class.

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  5. I must do this! I have lots of felt bits and pieces - just need to get a large green piece. My girls will adore this. Thanks for sharing (the decorations you made are really cute).

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  6. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots! I am featuring your post on In Lieu of Preschool this week: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/2012/11/christmas-crafts-on-tuesday-tots.html Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button! Off to pin now. Thanks again! :)

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  7. What a great idea! My daughter is going to love this one.

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  8. Adorable! I am featuring it on the weekly kids co-op at housingaforest.com Thanks for linking up!

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  9. How do the ornaments stay attached?

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    1. The tree is felt & so are the decorations, felt sticks to felt a bit like Velcro :-)

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  10. Awww this is pretty clever. My nieces always want to cut papers and stick them to our walls. You just gave me an inspiration to decorate this christmas with the help of my nieces. Great! Thanks a bunch dear. Happy Holidays!

    Anne Walker
    Christmas tree decorating ideas

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