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Making Felt Christmas Ornaments

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A Christmas star ornament made from felt and embellishments.

Felt has been used for years to make holiday decorations. These can be simple kids crafts or beautifully crafted ornaments to be treasured for generations. This is a guide about making felt Christmas ornaments.

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Craft Project: Jar Ring Ornaments

Another quick ornament that you can change between a snowman and a Santa.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 jar ring
  • clear firm plastic
  • hot glue
  • artificial Styro snow
  • acrylic paint - red, black, white, and orange
  • black, white, and red felt
  • red 1/8" ribbon
  • small paint brush
  • paper plate
  • bowl of water

Instructions:

  1. Using the patterns trace the circle for regular size jar rings onto your plastic. We used a container strawberries came in, the rippled sides work also and make a cute beard look for Santa. Santa/Snowman Ornament Template

  2. Cut them out and paint your face on, make sure to start your eyes half way down from one edge so they show when you glue on the hat.

  3. Set these aside to dry while you paint the bottom half of the rings white.

  4. While these are drying trace and cut out your hats.

  5. Cut a strip of ribbon 12 inches long and tie the ends in a knot. Lay this ribbon at the peak of Santa's hat and at the top of the snowman hat to catch in the glue.

  6. For the Santa hat center one of the triangles on the rectangles with the bottom edges even and glue together. Put glue up the two sides and up the red point but not on the bottom edge as it will slip over the ring.

  7. For the snowman glue the sides and top together leaving the bottom open.

  8. To assemble the ornament put a line of hot glue along the edge where the rim of a jar goes and quickly press your painted face into the glue with the painted face side up so when you seal your ornament it will be on the inside.

  9. Put a tablespoon plus a little more of the snow in the lid and pat it down. Don't over fill or it will stick to your glue gun.

  10. Run another line of glue just inside the rim of the lid and push another painted face circle with the painted side down toward the snow and make sure it is sealed all the way around containing the snow.

  11. Run another line of glue around the edge of the plastic circle to ensure it stays in place.

  12. Slip the hat over the top of your ring and put a line of glue on the ring gluing the hat on, turn over and repeat.

By Ann from Loup City, NE Christmas ornaments made from jar rings. There are two Santas and snowman ornament.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments

Here's a great holiday project using scrap felt pieces and a little bit of nature. The end result is a one of a kind ornament, wonderful as a small gift, or just to add to your own tree. You can also use them as tags on gifts. You can purchase cinnamon scented pinecones once stores put out their holiday inventory, but gathering them from nature is a very inexpensive way to go.

Approximate Time: 1 hr. for each

Supplies:

  • collection of pinecones
  • felt
  • ribbon - hangers and scarf
  • 2 pom poms - ear muffs
  • pipe cleaner - ear muff band
  • beads - facial features, buttons (penguin), and angel embellishment
  • dried straw grasses or raffia
  • doll hair or yarn
  • wire
  • scrap of red material or felt
  • thin cardboard - cereal box
  • paint - I almost always use acrylic paint, particularly Apple Barrel and Folk Art brands.
  • blush for cheeks - optional
  • clear nail polish - optional
  • glitter and glitter glue
  • glue - I used E6000, it is a very good craft glue.
  • small garden snippers

Instructions:

  1. Cut scales off pinecones. Collect several since some scales will not be useful or may break when you cut them off. I used small garden snippers to cut mine which worked very well.

    Tip: I purchased them at a Dollar Tree and they are one of the best I have used.

  2. Make a small pile of cut scales to begin with and just cut more as needed.

  3. Use empty cereal boxes and such for the cardboard. You will cut a body also from cardboard slightly smaller than the pattern piece. This will be inserted between both body pieces to make ornament stiffer and hold it's shape better.

  4. I wanted my ornaments to shine so I brushed clear nail polish on the scales after the paint and glitter was dry.

    Tip: Clear nail polish works great in small projects. It dries quickly and gives a high shine. template

Santa:

  1. Cut face pieces from white felt.

  2. Cut one slightly smaller from cardboard.

  3. Cut hat pieces from red felt or material and hat band from white felt. (This just needs to be a small strip long enough to encircle the base of the hat).

  4. Sew eyes and nose onto one face piece.

  5. Place cardboard piece in between and stitch face pieces together.

  6. Sew hat together, leaving bottom edge open. Insert head into hat (dotted line shows placement) and stitch bottom edge closed.

  7. Sew or glue hat band on. Sew or glue pom pom on tip of hat.

  8. Rub blush on cheeks, if desired.

  9. Sew ribbon loop on back to hang.

  10. Arrange scales on for beard to get a rough idea of how many you will need. Trim edges neatly and to fit area where needed. Glue each on to form beard.

  11. Take one scale and snip it in half length wise for mustache. Glue into place.

  12. When dry, paint beard white. Sprinkle on silver glitter while paint is wet, if desired.
Pinecone Santa Ornaments

Angel:

  1. Cut head and body pieces from white felt.

  2. Take one face piece and sew on beads for eyes.

  3. Rub blush on cheeks, if desired.

  4. Take 2 pieces of wire approximately 10 inches long and twist them together. Make a loop about the size of a nickel at one end and twist the end to secure closed. Bend the loop down so it forms a halo.

  5. Lay this between the 2 head pieces so the halo sits just above the face and stitch head closed. Be sure to make an extra stitch or two around the wire at the top and at the neck to help secure.

  6. Put cardboard piece in between the body pieces and lay the wire extending from the neck on top of the cardboard. You can lay a piece of tape over the wire to help hold it still while stitching.

  7. Stitch body pieces together, meeting the top of the body to the bottom of the head so no wire is showing there.

  8. Slide a bead on to the end of the wire at the bottom of the body and twist ends to secure.

  9. Cut small pieces of doll hair or yarn and stitch to top of head.

  10. Cut pieces of straw or raffia for wings and tie in the center of bundle. Lay bundle on back of angel and cut a small square from some felt large enough to put over the bundle. Stitch edges of square to secure wings on back.

  11. Sew ribbon on back for loop.

  12. Cut and trim scales to cover body. Start with bottom layer and work your way up.

  13. Glue into place and paint white. Use glitter glue on edges of scales, if desired.

  14. Make a small bow from ribbon and glue at neck.
Pinecone Angel Ornaments

Penguin

  1. Cut body from cardboard. Cut body pieces from black felt. The wings and feet are also cut from felt. Stitch body together, inserting wings and feet in place as you go (dotted lines show placement).

  2. Stitch ribbon on back for hanger.

  3. Cut and trim scales for tummy. Glue into place.

  4. Take 2 scales that are similar in size and glue onto face at a slight angle (see photo). You may have to trim these a little to fit.

  5. Paint all scales white.

  6. Make 2 dots with black paint for eyes.

  7. When dry, take a small strip of material and tie around neck for scarf.

  8. Cut a small beak from felt or foam and glue on to face.
Pinecone Penguin Ornaments

Snowman

  1. Cut cardboard and body pieces.

  2. Take one body piece and sew on beads for eyes and buttons.

  3. Insert cardboard and sew body pieces together.

  4. Sew ribbon on back for hanger.

  5. Bend a piece of pipe cleaner for ear muff band. Bend back end slightly and sew onto sides of head.

  6. Glue on pom poms.

  7. Use a small strip of material or ribbon and tie on for scarf.

  8. Cut and shape scales for coat. Arrange at a slight angle on each side so the center of the snowman shows (see photo).

  9. Choose color and paint scales. I made mine in midnight blue and trimmed each edge with blue glitter glue.

  10. Cut a piece of scale in shape for carrot and glue to face. Paint orange.

  11. Glue a mitten on each side (see photo).
Pinecone Snowman Ornaments

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

Felt Pickle Ornament

Felt Pickle Ornament

Everyone in our family has a pickle ornament for our tree and now our youngest does too!

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Create a template for the pickle on thin cardboard. Cut it out.
  2. pickle template
  3. Use rolls of tape to stick the template to felt. Cut out the shape. Then cut out tiny circles for the bumps on the pickle. Attach them using coordinating embroidery floss.
  4. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

felt xmas tree

Every Christmas tree needs it's own Christmas tree ornament, right?

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the tree along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Then create a trunk template. Cut them out.
  2. tree templates
  3. Stick the templates to the felt with rolled pieces of tape. Then cut out the shapes.
  4. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!
  5. Sew the trunk to the bottom of the tree with coordinating embroidery floss. If you want, you can add addition details to the tree.

By lalala... [537]

Felt Penguin Ornament

Felt Penguin Ornament

This cute little penguin is a great ornament for any tree.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the penguin along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. You can either cut out the middle of the body template (for the two-tone body) or draw another template for the white part. Also create a template for the beak and feet. (I used the same shape for both.)
  2. penguin templates
  3. Sew the white part of the body on. Then attach the beak and feet. Create eyes using French knots.
  4. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Snowman Ornament

Felt Snowman Ornament

You don't have to spend time outside in the cold to make a snowman. Instead stay warm and make this adorable felt version for your tree!

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the snowman along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Draw half of the hat along the fold too. Cut them out.
  2. snowman template
  3. Cut out small circle for the buttons and his eyes. Also cut out a nose. Sew them onto with coordinating embroidery floss. Sew on a mouth using a backstitch.
  4. Attach the hat and sew on a band.
  5. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Santa Hat Ornament

Felt Santa Hat Ornament

These little felt Santa hats are quick and easy to make. Why not make a few for your tree.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the Santa hat along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Then draw a template for the ball and trim of the hat.
  2. santa hat template
  3. Stick the templates to the felt with rolls of tape, then cut out the shapes.
  4. Attach the trim and ball to the hat using coordinating embroidery floss.
  5. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Star Ornament

Felt Star Ornament

This felt star can be used as a tree topper or just an ornament. If you have the time, you can even add extra embroidery details and beads to make it fancy!

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • star cookie cutters
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Tracing a cookie cutter is the easiest way to make the templates for these stars, assuming you have them on hand. Cut them out.
  2. star templates
  3. Attach the templates to the felt using rolled pieces of tape. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Stitch the smaller star to the larger one using coordinating embroidery floss.
  5. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Christmas Stocking Ornament

Felt Christmas Stocking Ornament

These mini stockings may not hold goodies, but they will look cute on your tree.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Draw a stocking shape on a piece of thin cardboard. Then make a template for the trim. Cut them out.
  2. stocking template
  3. Hold the templates onto the felt using rolls of tape. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Attach the trim to the stocking using coordinating embroidery floss.
  5. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Candy Ornament

Felt Candy Ornament

Cover your tree with these sweet felt candies.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the candy along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Then make a template just for the center. Cut them out.
  2. candy templates
  3. Using embroidery floss, stitch a swirl into the center of the candy to hold the two pieces together. Then stitch details onto the twisted wrapper ends.
  4. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Mouse and Cheese Ornament

Felt Mouse and Cheese Ornament

This adorable mouse and his cheesy snack would love to live on your tree!

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the mouse head along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Draw two inner ear pieces and the cheese slice.
  2. mouse and cheese templates
  3. Attach templates to felt using rolls of tape. Cut out shapes.
  4. Sew inner ears onto head using coordinating embroidery floss.
  5. Cut small circles for eyes and sew them on. Then make French knots in the center for pupils.
  6. Make a nose and sew it on. Then stitch on the mouth. Add small pieces of embroidery floss for whiskers.
  7. Use sharp scissors to cut out holes in cheese slice.
  8. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Christmas Light Ornaments

Felt Christmas Lights

These little felt Christmas lights don't need electricity to light up your tree.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Create templates for the bulb and base of the light. Cut them out.
  2. light templates
  3. Stick the templates to the felt with rolled pieces of tape. Then cut out the shapes.
  4. Use coordinating embroidery floss to attach the bases to the bulbs.
  5. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Antique Christmas Baubles

Antique Christmas Baubles

With these felt ornaments you can enjoy the look of antique ornaments without worrying about breaking them.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Create templates based on antique ornament designs. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the ornament along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Create a top for the ornament if desired. NOTE: I looked online for inspiration.
  2. ornament template 4
  3. Attach the templates to the felt using rolls of tape. Cut out each shape.
  4. Sew the top to the ornament using coordinating embroidery floss.
  5. blue and green ornament
  6. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Gingerbread House Ornament

felt gingerbread house

Almost yummy enough to eat, this felt gingerbread house can easily be customized to your liking!

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Draw the outline of a house, including chimney onto thin cardboard. Then create templates for the accent pieces (i.e. door, roof, and windows).
  2. gingerbread house template
  3. Stick the templates to the felt using rolls of tape. Cut out the shapes. Then layer them and use coordinating embroidery floss to sew each piece onto the house. NOTE: The icicles are created by stitching different lengths of floss. The doorknob is a French knot.
  4. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Gingerbread Man Ornament

felt gingerbread man

This little gingerbread man would look adorable on anyone's tree for Christmas.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Draw a gingerbread template on a piece of cardboard. The easiest way is to trace a cookie cutter. Cut it out.
  2. gingerbread man template
  3. Hold the template to the felt using rolls of tape and cut out the shape.
  4. Use white and/or black embroidery floss to create "icing" details. I used backstitching and French knots.

By lalala... [537]

Felt Candy Cane Ornament

These sweet felt candy canes are perfect decorations for your tree.

Felt Candy Cane Ornament

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Create a candy cane template out of thin cardboard.
  2. candy cane template
  3. Use rolls of tape to hold the template to the felt. Cut out a red candy cane and a white candy cane.
  4. Then cut apart the red candy cane into pieces, discarding every other one, to make the stripes.
  5. cut out red stripes
  6. Sew the red stripes onto the white candy cane with red embroidery floss.
  7. sew on stripes 1

By lalala... [537]

Felt Holly Ornament

Felt Holly Ornament

These colorful holly leaves are sure to brighten up your tree this year.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard (food packaging)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half and draw half of the holly leaf along the folded edge to create a symmetrical shape. Make a second leaf that is slightly smaller. Also draw a cluster of berries. Cut out the templates.
  2. holly templates
  3. Use rolls of tape to hold the templates to the felt. Stitch the smaller leaf to the larger one using a backstitch down the middle. Attach the berries using red embroidery floss. You can add dimension to the berries by stitching the shapes of the berries in the middle.
  4. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [537]

Felt Mitten Ornament

Felt Mitten Ornament

This cute little mitten is easy to make and can be any color you want.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

Steps:

  1. Draw a mitten shape onto a piece of cardboard.
  2. mitten template
  3. Use rolls of tape to hold the template to the felt. Cut out shape.
  4. Then use coordinating embroidery floss to stitch ribbing onto the cuff of the mitten.
  5. If you want to use these as traditional ornaments you will need to attach a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging them. Have fun!

By lalala... [532]

Felt Stars of Wonder

Felted star.Make your own stars to brighten up your home this festive season. All you need to get started are some scraps of felt, a few basic embellishments and lots of imagination.

What's more, making felt stars is so easy all the family; both young and old alike can join in with the activity. So put on some music, sit down together and have lots of holiday fun!

Approximate Time: 20 minutes for each star

Supplies:

  • piece of card stock or cardboard
  • pencil or tailor's chalk
  • scissors
  • needle and sewing thread
  • scraps of felt
  • embellishments; sequins, fabric, beads, yarn, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Draw a star shape on a piece of card, or trace a star silhouette out of a book or magazine. Cut out your star to make a card template.

  2. Place the template on a piece of felt. Trace round the edge of the card silhouette with a pencil or tailor's chalk.

  3. Carefully cut out your felt star and remember, never let young children use sharp scissors without adult supervision.

  4. Add further interest to the surface of your star by stitching fancy yarns and scraps of fabric to the felt.

  5. Fold your star in half, snip into the fold at intervals and thread a thin strip of felt through the slits. Attach sequins or beads along the strip of felt, or let children add self-adhesive alphabet letters instead, to personalize their star.

  6. Stitch a hanger to the back of your star. It is now ready to hang on the tree, or for a different effect, peg several stars onto a long piece of yarn or raffia and make a garland to hang in the window.

Additionally, you can knit up some yarns in different colors and cast offs well. Put your knitted piece into a mesh bag and wash at a high temperature. The soap, heat and agitation will condense the wool fibres and you can make more stars from your own unique felted fabric. You could even try cutting out some snowflake shapes, too.

By Anne from United Kingdom

Tip: Making Paper and Felt Ornaments

It isn't too late to still make quick paper or felt ornaments for gifts to stick into a card. One of my daughters is using brown felt and cutting out gingerbread men that she then puts faces and details on with a paint pen, a red gingham ribbon attaches it to the tree. She's making these for grandparents, teachers, etc. and sending some in our Christmas cards. Also origami books or other Christmas paper ornament books can be found at the library.

By Melanie

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Question: Easy Felt Santa Ornament

Does anyone have an easy felt Santa ornament pattern and directions? If you have any other patterns they would be very appreciated. Thank you so much!

Kathy M. from Mira Loma CA.


Most Recent Answer

By Ginger (Guest Post)12/08/2008

I made a cute santa using embroidery and fabric. I then made a "sandwich" of fabric, pellon, and more fabric. Stitch the "sandwich" together and trim out. It was pretty quick and fun. I used a free online colouring book page for the design, printed at 1/4th size. Happy holidays!

RE: Easy Felt Santa Ornament