Make Gretel Parker’s trio of mini needle felt Christmas tree ornaments for some quick but oh so cute Christmas decor. These needle felt Christmas ornaments even teeny baubles and tiny tinsel making them the perfect festive table centrepiece or for a well-loved dollhouse. Needle felt decorations make wonderful decor items because they’re so light which means they can easily hang from the tree without weighing down the branches. They’re also super simple to make so even if you’ve never done needle felting before you can still make these tiny trees. Just head over to our beginners guide to needle felting and our round-up of the best felting wool for needle felting to learn all the basics and pick up your supplies. Once you’ve got everything you need just follow Gretel’s needle felted Christmas ornament tutorial and start making! Then place your new mini trees atop a paper doily on the mantelpiece or plant on the windowsill for passersby for everyone to enjoy.
If Gretel’s project gives you the needle felting bug then we have loads more projects here on Gathered for you. Head to our best needle felting kits for beginners for some easy to make crafts – we’ve included some great festive kits too! Then check out our round-up of the best needle felting books for more fun ideas. But for now, it’s over to Gretel and her needle felt Christmas ornament tutorial…
You will need:
• One felting mat (sponge or brush)
• Multiple needle holder
• At least three size 40 felting needles, spiral or triangular
• Beading needle and thread to match
Large tree materials
• 2 x green roving, 50 x 4cm
• Red roving, 25 x 2cm
• 1m of trace gold chain
• Colourful assortment of 8mm and 4mm beads
Finished tree size 12cm, 7cm diameter at the base
Medium tree materials
• 2 x ivory or cream roving, 30 x 4cm
• Red roving, 20 x 2cm
• 21 x 4mm red glass heart beads
• 10mm red glass heart bead
Finished tree size 9cm, 4.5cm diameter at the base
Small tree materials
• 2 x green roving, 15 x 3cm
• Red roving, 15 x 1cm
• 40 x red seed beads
Finished tree 6 cm tall, 4cm diameter at the base
How to make needle felted Christmas ornaments
You Will Need
- One felting mat
- Needle felt tool
Follow the steps for all the trees. Tease the fibres of one length out a little and fold over so that you have a tall triangular shape.
Take the other length and fluff it into a ball. Then insert it inside the triangle so that it has a fatter end tapering to a point like a carrot. Pull the sides of the outer wool around to encase the filling.
Begin shaping a cone. If you are making the large tree, use three needles for quickness. Otherwise, use two.
Take care to turn your tree as you work so that you get a uniform roundness.
Use the cup of your forefinger and thumb to hold the wool in place as you shape the flat bottom.
Squeeze the wool together at the top of the tree and carefully use one needle to get a fine point.
When your tree is firm and nicely formed. take thin layers of wool and layer a neat surface over it, for a fine, even finish. Start with two needles and finish with one.
Wrap the length of red wool (as specified for the size of tree) around the bottom of the tree and needle it into place to make a base. Tuck any spare wool underneath the tree bottom.
Use pins to mark and measure where your trimmings are going to be fixed.
When you have positioned your beads, stitch them on with a beading needle. Add as many bead baubles as necessary to get everyone into the festive spirit. And your needle felt Christmas tree ornaments are complete!