This past week we put up our Christmas tree and the boys were so excited. One problem, however, is that Matthew likes to take the ornaments off of the tree to play with them. Gabriel had some of his beaded candy canes on the tree and so Gabriel likes to take those off. Therefore, I decided that I better make something that is not so breakable, especially since Matthew keeps reaching for the antique ornaments. I found a pattern for felt flower ornatments in the Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 12 so I decided to make some.
I made the ornaments myself because my boys were a bit young for this project but I would think that older kids would be able to make these. I thought that I would make some for the boys and we could put the felt ornaments on either our tree or maybe buy a little tabletop tree. I am going to have them make some more candy cane bead ornaments too along with some felt garland. I will post the felt garland project when we make it. This way they will have their own tree and ornaments that they can take on and off and rearrange however they would like. Maybe we will even put it by the fireplace and leave Santa’s cookies and milk under it.
When I made the flowers I cut strips of felt 1″x5″ out of seven different colors of felt. I cut out two circles that were approximately 1 1/2 inches each and one circle that was approximately 2 1/2 inches. I used pinking shears to cut out the circle. I cut enough felt for 18 ornaments. Each ornament used seven strips of felt, one large circle and two smaller circles. I used some cotton yarn for the ornament hanger.
Prior to gluing everything together I laid out all seven strips of felt around the outside of the larger circle so that I could space them out properly. I then placed a strip of glue from the center of the circle up to the edge of the circle and placed the bottom portion of the felt strip on it.
I proceeded to do that for all seven felt strips. While I was gluing I found it best not to place the bottom of every strip in the center of the circle as it got too thick. It was best to overlay the strips so that they were not completely on top of one another but just met in the center of the circle. That way the center was not so thick.
Once all of the felt strips were glued I then glued one of the smaller circles right on top of the felt strips in the center of the circle.
Once I glued on the center circle I flipped the ornament over and repeated the process on the back of the circle. This time when I glued the felt strips down they made a large loop when they folded in half since the other side was already glued down.
Once I finished gluing the felt strips to the back of the circle I cut a piece of yarn and also glued it onto the back of the circle. I folded it in half to form a loop and then put some glue on the back of the circle and placed the ends of the yarn on top of it. I used a toothpick to help push the yarn into the glue so that the yarn and glue didn’t stick to my fingers. I then glued the second smaller circle onto the back in the same manner that I had glued the other small circle on the front.
Once I finished the back I flipped the ornament back over and glued a button onto the center of the smaller circle. The pattern that I was using said to felt some wool roving into a ball, cut it in half and place half of the ball on the front of the ornament. It looked nice but I didn’t have any roving so I thought that the button would look just as nice.
As I finished each ornament I laid it out on a piece of wax paper to dry overnight.
Now that the ornaments are all done and dry I just have to decide what we are going to do with them. I think that I will more than likely find a little tree that we can hang them on and place it next to the fireplace. That ways the boys can reach it and will be able to rearrange the ornaments as they would like as well as place cookies and milk for Santa under the tree too..