DIY felt christmas tree ornaments for kids from repurposed sweaters

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Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersI am a strong believer that children should give gifts to others. No, I’m not saying that they have to save up their pocket money to purchase gifts, but that they should make something with love and care that can be shared with the people who they care the most about. So I always come up with some new holiday craft that they can make for others at Christmas.

Save this Cucicucicoo project on PinterestThis year I decided to finally get back to the American tradition of sending Christmas cards, and wanted to think of a simple craft for the kids to make that could easily fit in an envelope, something lightweight and not bulky. And seeing as I’ve been working a lot with boiled wool from felted sweaters, I came up with these DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids to decorate!

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersOh, felted sweaters, how I love you! I love how a nice hot and soapy bath in a washing machine turns old, ugly, unwanted sweaters into one of my absolutely favorite crafting and sewing materials: 100% recycled wool felt! (Read how to machine felt wool sweaters here.)

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersToday I have a free pattern for you to cut out three different ornament shapes. All you have to do is cut them out and give your kids a bunch of decorating supplies, and you’ll be amazed at how much creativity comes out of them! They came up with ideas that never would’ve occurred to me and they were so proud of their creations. This is just a small selection of the ornaments that they created.

Looking for a fun and crafty gift for the kids in your life? These DIY Christmas ornament kits are easy to make with scraps of felt or felted wool sweaters and bits of ribbon. Package them up with the printable instruction sheet, and the children can make their own personalized baubles to hang on the tree! #diychristmas #diycraftkit #diycraftkitsIf you don’t have children to create these ornaments with, but you do have children in your life to give gifts to, why not give them the gift of creativity? It’s really easy to just prepare the materials in a cute little package for giving! Get the tutorial for DIY Christmas Ornament Kits for kids here!

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersOf course, you probably won’t want to let your children loose in your crafting supply stash, so choose some ribbons, sequins, pompoms, and so on that you don’t mind them cutting into pieces. This is a great way to use up extra bits that you have leftover from other projects!

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersOh, and glitter glue! Such an easy way to decorate and add festive shine and joy to the project!

You probably already have everything you need for this project, so gather some old sweaters, choose some supplies, and let’s get started preparing these DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids!

Materials:

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters

For decorating:

For the optional tags:

Before you start, make sure you’ve completely felted your wool sweaters according to the directions in this post.

Preparing the ornaments:

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters1. Print out the ornament template (download it here from my free downloads page), glue it to a discarded cereal box or something somewhat rigid, and cut it out.

2. Trace around the pieces onto the felted wool sweater with a Sharpie or other permanent marker. Note that you need two rectangular cap pieces per ornament.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters3. Cut out the pieces, making sure to trim off all bits with the marker on them.

Now comes the most fun part!

Decorating the ornaments:

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters4. There’s not much to say here. Just decorate them! You might want to start out with simple designs (lines, zig zags, dots) with glitter glue. Then the kids will start getting a bunch of their own ideas.

Do NOT decorate the top rectangular part of the ornaments, as that will get covered.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersI suggest that you decorate just one side with glitter glue and let it dry overnight before decorating the second side.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters5. Pour some glue in an empty plastic container and give the kids toothpicks or Q-tips to apply it to ribbons, sequins and whatever else they want to glue on. In the case of ribbon or ric rac, I suggest using a longer piece than necessary, and then trimming it off after it’s dried.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersIf you’ve inherited a great aunt’s handmade doily collection, the little ones make great decorations for the ornaments. These ones look like snowflakes and my kids loved them!

Let the ornaments dry completely before continuing.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters6. Glue one end of the 14 cm ribbon for hanging to the top rectangular part of the ornament. Then spread a bit of glue on the rest of that rectangular area. (seen above at left)

7. Press one rectangular cap piece over the glued area, then flip the ornament over and glue the other end of the hanging ribbon to the other side. (seen above in the center)

8. Spread glue on the rest of that second rectangular area and press the other cap piece on it.

9. Let the glue dry completely. I suggest using a clothespin to keep the top part pressed together or to put it under a heavy book for a little while.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersWasn’t that easy? What a wonderful no-cost, scrap-busting, and eco-friendly craft and gift, right?!

Ok, I’ll admit that I made those three ornaments in the pictures above, just to test everything out first. But then I let my kids go wild and make a ton of them. And they loved it! Here are my suggestions if you plan to make a lot of these ornaments with kids to give away.

Making the ornaments with kids as gifts:

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersTrace out a whole bunch of pieces and then cut them out all at once. This will save you time and let you get the most out of the fabric.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersThese are great keepsake gifts, so I like the idea of labelling the ornaments with the child’s name and the year the ornament was made. Just cut out little rectangles (mine were 1 x 4 cm), punch a hole in one end, and have the kids write their own labels if they know how to write. Then just slip the hanging ribbon through the label hole before gluing it on. Easy peasy.

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersYears from now, we will be able to look back at these ornaments and know for sure that Sofia made them in 2017!

Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweatersWhen you’re preparing your holiday cards to send out to your loved ones, let your kids choose which ornaments they want to send to who. Mine were so excited to choose the ones that they thought each person would appreciate the most!

And of course, make sure to keep a few for your own Christmas tree! I love having handmade ornaments to admire year after year and the children are so proud of seeing their work hanging for all to see!

Use up yarn scraps with this fantastic holiday craft for kids! These Hopi Eye yarn Christmas ornaments are easy, colorful and fun to make. They also make great gifts! www.cucicucicoo.comIf you loved these DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids, why not take a look at my Hopi Eye woven yarn ornaments, another fantastic crafty project for kids that is perfect for hanging on the tree?

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Let your children make their own holiday gifts for others with these easy DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids! Use the free pattern to cut out three shapes from repurposed felted sweaters and decorate! So much fun and eco-friendly! #diychristmasornaments #feltedsweaters

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  1. Che idea simpatica! Sapessi quanti maglioni ho infeltrito nei primi anni di matrimonio. Se dovesse succedere ancora non dispererò 🙂
    E grazie mille per l’apprezzamento alla faccina di Babbo Natale che ho realizzato per Kreattiva. Ti ringrazio da qui. Buon Natale
    Enza Foodtales

    • Grazie Enza! Ahaha! Hai ragione, che questo tipo di crafting è un motivo per non disperarsi quando si infeltrisce per sbaglio un maglione! In realtà proprio in questi giorni ho preso tre maglioni lavorati a maglia da mia suocera tanti anni fa che sono stati per errore infeltriti e li sto trasformando in qualcosa per poterli usare ancora! Buon Natale anche a te!

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