How I Made a DIY Toddler Christmas Tree for Only $4.39!!

Remember how I said I was going to make a felt Christmas tree for my toddler boy once I found a large piece of green felt???  Well, I found it at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and completed the project!!  I wanted to share with you how it turned out.

First things first, though.  Let me tell you about how inexpensive the materials were–cause we all know how much I love pinching those pennies. 😉

The Materials

The large piece of green felt (it was 3ft x 3ft) was originally $4.29, but I had a 40% off coupon for any item at Michael’s at regular price, so the final price was $2.57.  (Michael’s has these coupons on their website–you can either print them or show them at the register on your phone.)  I bought four 9″x12″ pieces of felt in different colors for $0.39 each.

So..for a grand total of $4.39, I had everything I needed for this project, minus the masking tape, which we already had on hand.  Go me!!

The DIY

The first thing I did was draw and cut out my tree.  This was by far the hardest part for me because I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, and hardly an artistic gray cell in my brain.

To simplify it, I folded the green felt in half and drew half a Christmas tree.  The first picture is my first and failed attempt at drawing one…  Let’s have a moment of silence for this first effort–it’s clearly dead on arrival.

So I just flipped the thing over and used my final space I had left to try another one.  This time it turned out much better.  

(Pardon my photography…it’s also something that’s pretty dead on arrival.  I’m working on it though!)

Now that I finally had a decent tree shape drawn, I went ahead and cut it out.  It wasn’t easy to cut through 2 thick layers of felt at once with my pitiful pair of normal scissors, but I managed it.

On the side with all the crazy marker marks, I placed masking tape at strategic points for securing it to the wall.  Double-sided tape would be even faster, but since I didn’t have any, I just doubled over the masking tape and created my own double-sided tape.

Next, I slapped that baby onto the wall, relieved the hardest part was over.  But seriously, it wasn’t even hard.  If I can manage a decent tree shape, trust me, you can too.

The rest was easy…I used a cup to trace circles onto my small pieces of felt and cut those out.  I managed to get a decent star shape drawn onto the yellow felt and cut that out too for the top of the tree.

Here’s the finished product:

I am more than satisfied with how it turned out!  In fact, I did better on it than I expected, which is always nice.  

But what’s more important is that it seems to be a hit with the little one it was intended for!!

And after seeing how much he liked pulling all the ornaments off and then slapping them back on, this is definitely something I’ll carefully store away for next Christmas because I can see the kiddos getting a lot of fun playtime out of this simple little tree!

Have you made something like this for your kiddos before?  Any variations and creative touches you would add?  Let us know in the comments section at the bottom!

 

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