Thursday, December 6, 2012

25 Days of Ornaments: Felt Christmas tree

The ornament I was most excited about making this year was this adorable felt Christmas tree, which I found through -- where else? -- Pinterest. I think it might have something to do with the fact that it bears more than a passing resemblance to one of my favorite ornaments from last year, the button Christmas tree.

In the original post, a little kid makes the ornament with her mom, so I figured this little tree would be a piece of cake, and I began to cut away at the ever-decreasing circles. (Of course, I needed a protractor and a paper template to do this -- I couldn't cut anything resembling a circle if my life depended on it.)

As my tree began to grow, I realized it looked a little funny -- it was much too squat. Eventually I realized that the felt circles aren't ever-decreasing; in the middle section, some of the circles should be of the same diameter to give the circle an extra burst of height.

I also can't cut a star to save my life (or a straight line, while we're on the subject). I attempted to draw out the star first, but that didn't work out very well. I contemplated making bead stars with jewelry wire, but in the end, I made little yellow felt crowns (bishop hats?). For these, I cut out a square and folded it up into a wide triangle. Then I sewed up the open sides and then sewed the two side corners together in the back.

I made two ornaments, as you can see, but I think I prefer the green one. But they both look lovely on the tree. :) Pin It

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