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Felting Up a Tree

2011 December 19
by Katie

***I don’t know how but I failed to push PUBLISH on this post last night.  My bad.  So don’t be surprised if there is an onslaught of Bower Power posts in the next few days!  PEACE OUT! oh and God Bless us every one…because it is the holidays****

Another easy Christmas tree craft for you to try your elfie hands at while preparing for the fat man’s arrival :)   This time, it’s just as simplle as the pom-pom tree but just requires a few more straight pins and a little more time.

You start out with a styrofoam tree and some sheets of white felt – I recommend AT LEAST two….but three to four would be great for a really full looking tree.  Oh and then you are gonna need pinking sheers and a sleigh full of straight pins.  (heehee…sleigh, cause it’s Christmas….and because I’m a dork)

Then you cut your ‘leaves’….they are about an inch long and all different shapes, widths and sizes.  I discovered that folding the felt in half or even in quarters helps reduce the cutting time.

Then you just take a pin and go around the tree filling in the space with leaves.  I used yellow pins (because that’s all I had) but I really want to make this with a giant styrofoam tree (they were all sold out at Hobby Lobby because they put their christmas stuff out right after Easter!)

I kinda love it…I think I would love it more if I did three with this one as the smallest.  Also – taking pictures of your bad boys in front of the tree with some serious bokeh makes me fall in love with it even more.  Like I would totally pull a Noah and write 365 letters to this cute little thing.

Any more tree crafters out there?  Any unique materials?  Any tree felters?  Not to be confused with tree feelers…because that’s just plain weird :)

31 Responses leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011

    I love it….super duper cute!! I tried to make a tree like yours but instead wrapping it with yarn and using a paper plate instead of a styrofoam cone…….ya I through it out……along with my motivation to EVER make one again!! Yours looks way fancy schmancy!! Aahhh maybe next year (famous last words)!!!! Joanna D.

  2. andrea p permalink
    December 19, 2011

    Hey Katie, you are certainly the mini Christmas tree master! My fave is your twiggy one from last year :)

    Can you please share your secret how to get the “bokeh” effect of the Christmas tree in pictures?! It’s so magical! Spill, sister!

    • December 20, 2011

      It’s really simple. Just take your camera’s aperture as low as it can go and then set your subject in front of the tree at least four feet away. Then just be really close to your subject and the lights in the background will be all bokeh-y :)
      xo – kb

      • andrea p permalink
        December 20, 2011

        Thanks KB! I will try it tonight with my cat :)
        Happy holidays :)

      • Christy permalink
        December 20, 2011


        I tried this today and it didn’t work and I’m sure that i’m not doing something right!! :) What setting do you have it on…manual? And what ISO do you shoot in during the day and night?

        Thanks so much! :)

        • December 21, 2011

          Yup – Manual. And I shoot in the lowest ISO I can go with being metered at a +2 and have my shutter speed at a 1/50 with a tripod or a 1/150 without a tripod. It’s different for every camera at different lighting…so it’s tough for me to say what you should do.
          xo – kb

          • Christy permalink
            December 21, 2011

            Thank you! :)

  3. December 19, 2011

    I love the trees you make! Lucky for me I still have 2 foam ones left!

  4. December 19, 2011

    Too cute! You should put all of your little trees together and make a magical forest centerpiece:)
    Though I’m not a tree crafter (yet), I am a tree hugger!


  5. Kim permalink
    December 20, 2011

    Love your craft ideas Katie! Where do you get your ideas from? And your energy, time, endurance – I totally wish I had your energy girl!

  6. Rebecca permalink
    December 20, 2011

    I think the little pins look like ornaments :) Too cute!

  7. December 20, 2011

    Not sure how you do it all! A-mazing

  8. December 20, 2011

    Love the simplicity of these! So beautiful. And I just noticed our dollar store has styrofoam trees the other day!

  9. December 20, 2011

    That tree is so stinking cute! And I love the notebook reference :)

    • December 20, 2011

      Bahaha thank you for clarifying, I was all “who is Noah??” My first thought was the guy with the ark.. lol.

  10. December 20, 2011

    I actually love that! A girlfriend of mine made me one similar out of feathers a couple years back – it was VERY cute.

  11. December 20, 2011

    Oh, Katie. I saw your title in my Reader and thought it said Feeling Up A Tree. And I thought “Wow, well that takes tree hugging to a whole new level.”
    Apparently I need to get more sleep. Love the felt trees!

  12. December 20, 2011

    Super cute! I attempted a cute felt tree. At first, I wasn’t so sure but it is really growing on me!


  13. December 20, 2011

    Very cute! I like this felt tree a lot (it reminds me of those feather trees).

  14. December 20, 2011

    Really cute! You’re so creative!

  15. December 20, 2011

    Tree felting, no. BUT I did make your hemp cord tree on Sunday night and it turned out beyootifully!

    Also, I have a dime sized burn on my arm from the hot glue gun but that’s neither here nor there.

    Merry ChristmaS!

  16. December 20, 2011

    This one’s so cute!

  17. December 20, 2011

    Adorable! I love how the yellow pins look like little lights.

  18. Emily R permalink
    December 20, 2011

    Love it! Did you watch The Notebook the other night on TV? :)

  19. December 20, 2011

    Love the felt tree! And of course your pictures are lovely as always!

  20. Olivia permalink
    December 20, 2011

    love both the tree and the notebook reference

  21. December 20, 2011

    This is too cute! I may have to make a run to the craft store!

  22. Stephanie permalink
    December 20, 2011

    I saw these on pinterest and immediately thought of you and your love affair with bacon… http://pinterest.com/pin/157485318189274671/. I bet they’d look perfect on you!! :)

  23. julianna permalink
    December 20, 2011

    Katie — no one will think less of you if you don’t get all twelve christmas posts up. Or if some of them go up after Christmas. Seriously, as much as we all love reading your blog, we all understand that your family (and celebrating the season with them in person) is your top priority.

  24. December 21, 2011

    Love this! I think I’ll have to try making this for next year, in different heights like you said. I tried one that I got from another blog, and it’s a lot more work than this one (http://lovetenfold.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-pine-cone-topiaries.html). And thanks for posting your advice on the bokeh effect. I just got an SLR for Christmas (super early) and I’m still trying to read the manual!

  25. December 21, 2011

    Ohhh I love the gold table! Such a creative woman! It’s color and fun, but still cozy and welcoming. Thanks for sharing!

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