Beyond its plethora of culturally multifaceted usages and applications, the evolution of felt has birthed a wide array of colors, patterns, and textures. While tough, more rigid feeling variations of felt have been used to construct everything from rugs and clothing to tents, the Christmas holiday season has come to embrace it in a different way: to make warm and inviting felt Christmas ornaments. With the joyous sense of Christmas spirit lingering in the air, felt will give you a solid material basis to construct ornaments ranging from Jolly ol' Saint Nicholas (Santa Clause), to Elves, Reindeer, and even Santa's elves.
Use this Info Barrel article in order to best construct felt Christmas ornaments just in time for the holiday season. Indeed, the only limitation you will have when using felt is that of your own imagination and creativity.
Things You Will Need
- Felt Cloth Material
- Christmas Themed Cookie Cutter Designs
- a Black Sharpie Marker, Pen, or Pencil (for Tracing an Outline on Your Felt)
- a Pair of Scissors
- a Pair of Paper Hole Punchers
- Christmas Ribbons and/or Bent Paper Clips
- Stick Glue
Step 1As mentioned in the introduction, felt, by its very nature, can be used for a variety of reasons. When making felt ornaments, however, especially for Christmas, this is an activity that any member of your family will enjoy doing alongside of you. With busy schedules leading up to Christmas, be sure to let your children know prior to leaving for school that, when they return, they will be able to construct Christmas felt ornaments. This is an activity that is generally enjoyed by children, and can give them something to look forward to when they arrive home from school. Christmas comes only once a year, and, with that in mind, your children will love the opportunity to decorate their newly acquired Christmas tree with felt ornaments.
Step 2Felt can be purchased at a hobby store, like Hobby Lobby, for very reasonable prices. Like other cloths, felt can be purchased in a variety of different colors and textures. For good reason, your color selection should align with the objects that you are making. Prior to sending your children to school (if you do this activity on a weekday), ask them what Christmas character or theme they would like to make. Options for felt range from white, red, and black (his belt) for Santa; white felt for snowflakes; green felt for trees and elves; and brown and/or black and white for reindeers and gingerbread.
Based on your children's preferences, you can now proceed to purchase your felt material at your nearest craft store. Of course, there is no reason why your children should only be able to create one felt ornament. Great fun and enjoyment can be had if you allow them to be free-spirited while thoughtfully guiding the ornament making process.
Step 3While cookie cutters are generally only used to make cookies, they can also provide a perfect outline or pattern for your Christmas felt ornaments. Even though you can certainly draw an outline free-hand on your felt, cookie cutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes that will essentially simplify the process of ornament making. You can allow your children to pick one, or two, cookie cutters for the ornament they would like to create. If you do not have Christmas themed cookie cutters already, you can easily purchase these at a hobby store, or even at Wal-mart, K-mart, or Target.
Step 4With your selected cookie cutter in hand, you will now place it onto your felt. In order to draw your ornament outline, you can use either a Sharpie marker, a pen, or a pencil. Any writing utensil will work just fine, however, any cuts that you make in the material should be made such that no marker or pen ink can actually be seen on the felt of the finish product. In order to do this, you should consider using a thin tip marker that doesn't take up a tremendous amount of space on your felt. If a Sharpie marker is used, your scissor cut should be made towards the inside of the marker mark so that you cannot see the marker ink on your final product.
Step 5In this step, you will proceed to cut the traced shape outline from the remainder of your felt. You should be sure to follow your outline all around your design, while not making any quick or rigid cuts. When your felt ornament is cut, each side of it should be a smooth representation that will serve as a great presentable ornament product on any Christmas tree. More than likely, you will not have scissor cuts that are completely strait. Instead, for Christmas characters such as Santa or Frosty-the-Snowman, you should expect to make a great deal of rounded cuts with your scissors.
If your children have difficulty doing this, be sure to stand at the ready to help them. Dependent on their age, they may even need you to do all their cutting for them. From a safety standpoint, if your child is young, it isn't a bad idea to only allow them to decorate while you handle the cutting aspect of felt Christmas ornament making.
Step 6In order to be hung from your Christmas tree as a Christmas ornament, each individual felt ornament will need to have a hole punched in it with a pair of paper hole punchers. The created hole will be where your ribbon is laced through in order to be hung from your tree. Much like a regular ball ornament, you may also want to consider simply using a bent paper clip. Whether a ribbon or a paper clipper, either hanging mechanisms are cheap and will work just fine for hanging.
Step 7Available in a variety of colors, glitter can also be purchased from a hobby store along with the other supplies. Rather than having a very plain appearance, glitter can help to spice up your felt ornament design. Colors of glitter that you may consider purchasing are green, red, silver, and gold.
Step 8Before glitter is applied to your felt Christmas ornament, it is important that you use a glue so that that glitter effectively sticks. Instead of using liquid glue, stick glue can have a less messy appearance and application. If you do use liquid glue, be sure that you are very delicate and conservative in your application of it.
Step 9With your completed felt ornaments, rally up your family and proceed to decorate your tree with them. While some families may conduct a quick, impromptu decorating of their Christmas tree, you may want to consider turning it into a joyous celebratory occasion. Bring out cookies, eggnog, and other holiday goodies and you will successfully create a festive atmosphere this is inviting to your felt Christmas tree decorations and ornaments.
Tips & Warnings
- If you and your children decorate one side of your ornament, be sure to add decorations to the other side. With the free dangling nature of an ornament off a Christmas tree branch, you will want for both sides of the ornament to be decorated.
- Felt can be a very soft material. While this will work for creating an ornament, you can help to facilitate a much more firm surface just by simply pasting each side of felt to each side of a piece of cardboard. Of course, in order to assume the same shape as the felt, you will utilize the same above process in order to cut the cardboard section of your felt ornament. Doing this will lend firmness and durability to your ornaments that can be stored away and will endure for many more holidays to come.