September 12, 2013

Toddler Felt Christmas Tree

For Christmas last year, we couldn't bear to put up a regular Christmas tree with the baby walking  - filled with anxiety by the potential for disaster.  I was searching for how to give a toddler a Christmas tree in our small home because I thought it was important she have a tree to admire for Christmas #2 and stumbled on the idea of a felt Christmas tree.  It was brilliant and I knew instantly that I needed to make one.

Toddler Christmas Tree in Felt
I dove in head-first to the project without a single idea about how to work with felt.  Then, my anal-retentive, almost perfectionist Aries trait kicked in, reminding me of why I don't do crafts.  I stared at the large felt piece before me blankly.  I couldn't just cut without a plan ... I'd have a crooked tree with branches that weren't even close to mirror image.  *sigh*  Yep, this is why arts and crafts aren't typically on my to do list.  I over think, over analyze, and totally take the fun out of it.

I finally figured out my game plan and constructed the most wonderful toddler felt tree I'd ever seen (not that I'd seen many).  When finished, I was amazed at how much I loved this project, and even have plans for additions to this year's tree that I didn't have time to complete last year.

What's the best part of this tree?  Baby girl was allowed to play with all the ornaments without fear of breakage and she was able to decorate her tree over and over again as she saw fit.  When Christmas was over, I was no longer bothered that she didn't have a real tree to put presents under :)

If you're limited on craft time but desire a felt Christmas Tree for your tot this year, contact me! I'd be happy to provide my services for a fee based on time and materials and save you the trouble of doing it yourself.  Tree and ornaments will be hand-cut, so no two sets will be alike.

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