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felting christmas tree decorations



A great activity for older kids is felting Christmas tree decorations.  All you need is some cooker cutters, clean wool, felting needles and a block of foam.

This activity can be a lot of fun but you do need to supervise the kids quite closely.  Dry felting needles are very sharp and it really hurts if you manage to accidentally stab yourself during the felting process!





So, probably not a great activity for very young kids.  However they can be involved after the felting is done.  These felted shapes can be cut out, sewn on, glued or decorated the same way as you can with commercial bought felt.  So maybe you can felt the shapes beforehand and then help the kids to decorate their tree decorations.

What you need for felting Christmas tree decorations:

  • cookie cutters (Christmas themed or stars, circles, hearts etc.)
  • clean soured raw wool - coloured or dyed
  • felting needles or a felting tool
  • a foam block
  • ribbon or thin cord

Directions:

Set up your foam block on a stable surface and select the cookie cutter shape that you want for your decoration and lay it on your foam block.

Starting at the centre fill the cookie cutter with your wool until it is full.

Use your felting needle or tool to stab through the wool to start the felting process.   

Use your felting needle or tool to stab through the wool to start the felting process.   

Stabbing in felting means making short sharp jabs into the ball of wool with the needle going in a straight down and up motion.  

When your shaped wool is firmly felted, remove the wool from the cookie cutter.

Carefully poke a hole in the top of the shape (you can use an awl if you have one or a pair of small scissors with sharp points and thread through a short piece of ribbon or cord and tie the ends with a secure knot.  

Note: Stabbing in felting means making short sharp jabs into the ball of wool with the needle going in a straight down and up motion.  

Once you have felted the basic shape you can add more detail to decorate the shape.  You can felt on smaller shapes or you sew decorative threads or beads on the surface.  Let your imagination run wild and no-one will have decorations like yours!

Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this activity?


Click on the download button to get your copy of the Felted Christmas Decorations Instruction Sheet.  The pdf will open in a new tab and you can either save it or print it from there.

Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!










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