Felt is a fitting material for creating your own Christmas decorations whether you are looking to decorate your home for Christmas on a tight budget or looking for more sturdy kid-friendly Christmas decorations. Felt comes in a wide variety of colours at both craft and fabric stores and is one of the least expensive crafting materials -- sometimes you can even find felt at the dollar store. Make everything from ornaments to garland with this sturdy, versatile and inexpensive material.
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Use felt to make your own Christmas garland to hang not only on your Christmas tree but also over windows and doors and on mantels as well. Use white felt to cut out several snowflakes in different shapes and sizes. Attach the white felt snowflakes with a few stitches to a long strip of white rick rack, ribbon or ball fringe. Dress up every third or fifth snowflake with some glitter or beads attached with craft glue to give the garland shimmer. Cut out red and green circles from felt and string the circles on a length of string for a quick and simple garland with a fuller look than the snowflake garland.
Glass ball ornaments are fragile and therefore not kid-friendly. Make your own felt ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree in a more kid-friendly manner. Stack two pieces of felt. Trace Christmas cookie cutters onto the top piece of felt with tailor's chalk. Cut out the shapes through both pieces of felt so you have matching pairs of Christmas shapes. Whip stitch the pairs of felt shapes together with a handful of poly fill sandwiched between them to create puffy Christmas ornaments. Attach a loop of ribbon for hanging and embellish the ornaments with buttons and fabric paint.
Make your own felt Christmas wreath to adorn your front door or hang over your mantel. Cut several long thin strips of green felt. Tie the strips of felt around a foam wreath form to create a green shag that imitates the look of a pine wreath. Tie on as many strips of green felt as it takes to make the fringe very full. Cut a bow shape from glittery red felt and use hot glue to attach the bow to the bottom of the felt wreath. Use red craft pom-poms to embellish the wreath like one might use holly berries or cranberries to dress up a real pine wreath.
A tree skirt hides the base of your Christmas tree as well as gives you a decorative place to set presents beneath the three. Create your own tree skirt by cutting a circle of felt with a 4-foot diameter. Cut a smaller circle from the centre of the felt circle. Cut a straight line from the outside edge of the tree skirt in to the smaller circle to allow the skirt to wrap around the tree stand. Use fabric paints to decorate the tree skirt, or cut Christmas-themed felt shapes and attach them to the skirt with a whip stitch. Trim the outside edge of the tree skirt with decorative-edge scissors to give it even more personality.
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