I've got a fun and easy Christmas kids' craft for you today: Felt Christmas Ornaments! You can adapt this for preschool on up, and you probably have most of the supplies on hand already. That's my kind of craft!
I've been kind of obsessed with felt lately. Felt pumpkins . . . felt Halloween finger puppets . . . felt food. Maybe I'm just on a quest to use up the scraps! I love it when I don't have to buy anything new to create a craft.
Felt Christmas Ornaments
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Here's what you'll need for this cool craft.
- Felt scraps (I used white, green, and orange.)
- Jute, twine, or ribbon
- Fabric glue (I like Elmer's Craft Bond)
- Cotton balls
- Sock scraps, ribbon, or fabric scraps (for the snowman scarf)
- Elmer's glitter glue
- Small sticks
- Googly eyes or buttons (for snowman eyes -- optional)
- Hot glue and glue gun (optional)
Creating these cute Christmas ornaments for kids is surprisingly easy. Let's start with the snowman.
- Draw a simple snowman shape on card stock, cut it out, and trace it twice onto white or cream felt. Cut out the felt shapes.
- Stretch cotton balls out to make a small fluffy layer on top of the first layer of felt.
- *Squeeze a bead of glue around the outside edge of the felt. Cut a piece of jute or ribbon for the ornament hanger and lay it and the stick arms in the glue. *See note at the end of instructions for alternate gluing option.
- Lay the second felt shape on top and press the edges together. Add extra glue as needed.
- Decorate the snowman with wiggly eyes, felt scraps, and glitter glue.
- Add a scarf. Mine is made from a strip of holiday sock originally used to decorate these adorable sock snowmen.
*After creating the first snowman myself, I realized that hot glue was also a good option for gluing the two felt pieces together. The end result is not quite as pretty, but it's much quicker because you don't have to wait for the glue to dry. When working with lots of kiddos at once, dry time becomes important. If you choose to use hot glue, that part of the craft will need to be handled by an adult or a responsible teenager. No one wants burned fingers!
Here are our finished snowmen. Boo decided she wanted to create a Snowgie (think Frozen Fever), so we even have a mini snowman.
Now for the Christmas trees! These were really fun because the kids got to go crazy with the glitter glue! My daughter's favorite was Elmer's Swirl Glam Glitter Glue. (They get to use two colors at once! You can see it on the tree on the left, below.)
These gorgeous Christmas trees are created the same way as the snowmen, but with more decorating! Just start with a simple tree shape instead of snowman shape. (You probably could have figured that out on your own!)
To avoid getting glitter glue all over their clothing, make sure the kids roll up their sleeves and decorate from the top of the tree down. Save coloring the trunk for last.
For a fun change from ornaments, make your hanger extra long so that the ornament can hang over a doorknob instead of from the tree. (You'll notice that two of the ornaments below are made for door hangers, and one is made to go on the Christmas tree.)
That's it! These felt Christmas ornaments really are easy and fun. (What could be more fun than decorating with glitter, right?) Happy decorating!
Special thanks to Elmers for sponsoring this post. All opinions and designs are my own.
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