Need a quick maybe even last minute holiday treat for school? These candy cane trees are simple, only a few supplies needed and the kids can definitely help or maybe do all themselves. Have a little more time – embellish them with glitter, sequins, poms etc. I just free-handed a quick tree on a piece of junk mail. You could also let the kids color and decorate plain white copier paper and then cut out tree shapes.
tree pattern (just draw a simple one, even triangle)
glue or double stick table
optional, star paper punch
paper, I used lightweight scrap book paper
Simply, trace and cut out the tree shape and, if using, a star shape (or use star stickers or sequins). Make two parallel cuts in the approximate middle of the tree. Glue on the star, decorate the tree and then put in the candy cane. Add a holiday message to the back and it’s ready to gift.
My newly minted four year old helped glue the stars. But he ran out of attention and I ran out of time to decorate much more but am pleased with how they turned out.
A few years ago, I started making a homemade ornaments for family. This year’s ornament is a yarn wrapped tree. It is simple but still festive and so many ways to personalize (sports theme, favorite colors). Better yet it is a quick activity to do with kids of most ages. Use your imagination and yarn scraps for this simple craft. The 2017 collection features Seahawks, 49ers and Broncos color themes, more traditional green and peaceful blue and white tree ornament
Yarn or string scraps
Glitter glue (Elmers worked great!) or fabric paint
Hot glue gun (works faster than craft glue)
Cardboard (not too thick, not too thin)
Other embellishments: bells, pom poms, sequins, beads, ribbons
Trace and cut your tree shape. Use a variety of triangles. The more narrow the tree the trickier to wrap the yarn (might need to tack with glue along the way). Wider larger trees were easier for my little guy.
At the end of yarn, make a loop for the hanger and place a dab of hot glue at top of tree and affix the loop. No need to cut the yarn, you can keep wrapping from the long end if you like.
Wrap the yarn all around! Feel to completely cover the cardboard or let some be exposed. If you want to switch yarn colors and/or finish this step, secure the end with a dab of hot glue, maybe hiding under another yarn strand. Variegated yarn or solid color all make for lovely happy trees.
Decorate! Little dollops of glitter glue, bells etc. I only decorated one side but you could certainly do both with drying in between.
My almost three year old toddler ‘helped’ but honestly, he found just messing with yarn more fun. It was a little tricky for him to wrap on smaller more ‘precisely’ cut trees. However, with a bigger/wider tree shape he did practice wrapping yarn and definitely got into the glitter glue application. Rather than finishing his by securing the final end of yarn, i have left it around for him to play with (and he has) – wrapping and un-wrapping.
Sure these are all over Pinterest, but I still want to share my version of the felt Christmas Tree. Easy to make and the amount of time will really depend on how much detail you want to put into each ornament. I kept the ornaments simple but let the packages at the bottom be fun prints. Definitely use your craft store discount coupons to buy the big piece of felt. For this version I bought a yard of light blue for the background, a yard of the green tree and then smaller variety pack of sheets. Plenty to make a good size tree, as the felt on the bolt is really quite wide. I also picked up some half inch wood dowel for hanging, but you could also mount to the wall with velcro, tape, command strips etc.
Background and Tree: To make blue background: cut to size and then fold the top edge over about 1.5 inches and sew, creating a sleeve to slide the wooden dowel through. Just free hand draw your tree either on paper first or right onto the back side of the felt, doing the modern triangle or more classic tree outline with branches. Cut out the tree shape and position on the blue background. I put some tacky craft glue on the back of the tree to help hold it flat on background. Add a trunk if you want using brown felt. Then pin the edges of the the the tree and trunk to hold in place and sew onto the blue background with matching thread and a zig zag stitch. For the hanger, I used a length of twine tied to each end of the dowel.
Ornaments: Have fun! I used some clip art images, traced some cookie cutters and freehand drew a few items. My favorite are the Washington and Montana state ornaments. Home is where the heart is…… Usually felt will just stick to felt but some of the thicker colored felt didn’t seem to stay quite right AND to make cutting out easier, I traced on to iron on interfacing, ironed to felt (with a piece of fabric in-between to avoid any melting) and then cut out. In hindsight I might have not ironed it on as permanent and then pealed off the interfacing when done cutting. BUT the interfacing gives the pieces a little more shape and I couldn’t peel it off without incident. For some of the easier shapes I just traced and cut or used my circle rotary cutter (‘lights’). The interfacing sticks alright to felt tree but I sprayed the backs lightly some repositionable craft adhesive (3M, Elmers or others) for some extra grabbiness. For the bows on the packages I hotglued on velcro, putting the soft side on the package and the hook side on the bow.
Hang up and enjoy! Now, we might still be a little young for unsupervised felt tree interactions, so I put some of the interfaced ornaments up out of reach (since things tend to go right in his mouth) and left the lower ornaments for his repositioning enjoyment. The circles for tree lights are my favorite and will be easy to make more of, should any end up with teeth marks.
The Christmas Holiday theme around our house this year is red, gray and white. Cozy, shabby, handmade. This post showcases five different types of ornaments; the majority fashioned out of the Red & Gray Christmas (tutorial) Quilt’s extra fabric and a quick idea for making cards using (you guessed it) fabric scraps.. It is not a secret that I love scraps! Oh, and round things….
Wrapped Christmas Balls – Idea One
Scrap fabric strips
Craft glue (dries clear)
Needles and thread for wrapping, sewing hangers
Twine, yarn for decorative wrapping and hangers
Tear or cut your fabric into strips. Width isn’t too important, if too wide you can fold it but about an inch and a quarter or so is about right. I found with smaller diameter balls I need to fold it in half as I went along so that it didn’t pucker.
Glue down end of strip to foam and start wrapping around, like winding a ball of yarn. You can see in the photo how I folded it to change direction. Watch that you don’t always wind over the same spot, or you will have a funny egg shape. Wrap until all the foam is covered and you are happy. Periodically as you wrap add some glue. Glue can help hold down some puckers too. If you need to add a new strip just add it with some glue and a wrap around to hide the end.
You will see that my strips get narrower towards the end. I like it that way. J Add a dab of glue and tuck the loose end under a wrap. I push a pin into hold it in place while it dries
Other options. Use up strips of batting and twine.
When dry, add a hanger. I did the simple method of just adding a loop of doubled up gold thread using a needle and also cuter a version with a button glued on top.
Scrap fabric squares about 1 ½ to 2 inches (50 – 100 depending on size)
Craft glue (dries clear) and something to put a blog of glue in
Needles and thread for wrapping, sewing hangers
Purple Thang, mechanical pencil (no lead) or toothpick, for glue
Cut fabric into squares (or close). Keep smaller pieces for the next two scrap ideas. I know keep a bin to hold just the perfect size scrap to make these pomanders. I think they would be pretty darn cute for any season, a nice treat for a new baby’s nursery (out of their quilt scraps) or another way to remember all the pretty things you sew all year.
Squirt out a glob of glue into a dish or lid. I use a soy sauce dish, naturally. This just makes it each to dab your Purple Thang or toothpick into the glue, onto the foam ball then using it to poke the fabric square into the styro foam. Try to push the square into the foam about ¼ inch, in the approximate center of the fabric. I used the fabric right side up.
Keep going around the foam shape adding a dab of glue, then pushing in a piece of fabric about every 3/8 inch, until full and foam is covered. Let it dry then use a needle with a big eye to thread through a loop of embroidery floss or thread to make a loop to hang with. Feel free to play with patterns or just randomly use fabric. For a few I did a focused patch on the top then a matching on the bottom. For larger spheres I used a cup to hold it while I worked away.
For the 2 ½ diameter spheres, I used 66 – 1/2 inch squares, in case you are wondering… It took me about 15 – 20 minutes versus about 40 minutes for the larger ones (4 inches).
Mod Podge Paper Mache Ornaments – Idea Three
Mod Podge (I used glossy)
Paint Brush and water
Paper Mache shapes or items that you want to cover with fabric
Pattern to cut fabric from (trace the shape and then trim smaller so that the pretty brown still shows
Brush a thin layer of ModPodge onto shape. Thin substance with a little water if you like. Place the fabric where desired and coat with ModPodge again.
Let it dry, and then do the other side. Then let it dry the rest of the way. You could add glitter if you so desired.
Bonus: you can also just use the shapes and wrap thread around them. Voila!
Scrap Wreath Ornament – Idea Four
Super simple and uses up even smaller scrap fabric bits than the above ideas. You can use bigger scraps but will need to make longer. Most of mine are about an inch square and the final chain was about 8 inches before the two ends were tied tightly together forming the loop. If you tie it lose it will sag and be an oval. You may also string a ribbon loop to make a hanger as well.
You can bet I have another one of these started for all the other scraps. Maybe a garland someday another wreath. Just like above, another way to remember your projects, especially those you give away.
Quilted Fabric Ornaments or Package Toppers – Idea Five
This is the perfect use (besides a dog bed) for using up odds bits of batting. You are basically quilting small ornaments by sewing scraps onto a base fabric, adding a layer of batting and backing, sewing the sandwich together and trim with pinking shears to the shape of your choice. If you forget to add the loop before the final sew around the edges, you can just use a large eye needle and thread it though the top.
Bonus: Fabric Holiday Cards
Just cut fabric scraps into designs that you like. I love triangles that turn into Christmas trees. Sew them down onto some blank cards. Here is a post I did last year with more ideas for cards and scrap fabric.
Pfew! I am exhausted for all this scrappiness and totally covered in farbeedos….. Bliss!
This years tree decoration. Almost 75% Made by Megan!