DIY Winter Felt Tree

by Johnnie Collier

Hi, I’m Vidya from Whats Ur Home Story. Very excited to be a monthly contributor at SBLC. I blog about how our family of 4 is turning a cookie cutter into a unique and interesting home that tells our story. I believe that no project is too small to try be it home decor, DIY, crafts, gardening, sewing, or organizing.

Today I would like to share with you an easy winter craft, a winter felt tree.

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I made both the trees myself but the one on the right is by far the easiest and most forgiving project I’ve done.

Materials

 
White Felt
Paper mache cone or you could make a cone out of poster board
Scissors
Glue gun
White craft paint and brush – not necessary but if you are a sloppy crafter like me you’ll need it.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial

Tutorial

 
  • Start by painting your brown paper mache cone white with the acrylic craft paint. This way the brown base will not show through any hot glue misses later on.††If you are using a poster board cone, skip this step.
  • Cut felt strips in varying widths. My cone was 14″ tall. So I ended up using four 1 inch strips, two 3/4″ strips, two 1/2″ strips, and a small 1/4″ strip. It is important to lower the width of the strip as you go up the tree to simulate the look of smaller leaves on the top and wider leaves on the bottom. These are not exact measurements, I just eyeballed them.
  • Cut out triangles on one side of the strip as shown below. Take care not to cut all the way through. Again no need to be precise here, just free hand.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial

  • When you make these you will end up with a lot of felt triangles (the parts that you remove from your strip). I didn’t want to waste these so for my first layer on the tree I hot glued each of these to the base. If you are not a fan of gluing each petal down you can start with the strip instead.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial

  • From then on hot glue each strip around the tree making sure there is some overlap between the layers.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial, paper cone Christmas tree

  • Remember to switch to the thinner strips as you go up the tree. When you reach the top cut the extra felt off and carefully hot glue the felt to cover the pointy top.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial, paper cone Christmas tree

  • No worries if there are any empty spots where the paper cone base is visible. You can use the extra triangles that you removed when you made the strip intially to cover up these spots.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial, paper cone Christmas tree

  • Gently fluff up the ‘leaves’ and you are done!

Here’s it is adding glam to my rustic winter mantel.

Winter felt tree, diy paper cone trees tutorial, paper cone Christmas tree, rustic winter mantel

Hope y’all enjoyed this fun wintery craft. For more easy DIY ideas stop by Whats Ur Home Story or follow me via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tamara January 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

What a beautiful mantle. The trees are so pretty and I love the vintage paper wreathe and garland. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings to you,
Tamara

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2 rakhi January 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

very pretty trees vidya .

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3 Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story February 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Thank you Tamara and Rakhi

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