Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Today’s project is just a cute little decoration that can be made a bunch of different ways.
- old 100% wool sweater(s) or other felted wool
- fabric scissors
- about 10″ of wire (I used a thicker floral wire leftover from another project, but it doesn’t need to be that thick)
- wire cutters (if needed for your wire)
- tree topper (felt, a bead, small figurine, etc)
If your wool isn’t already felted, you’ll need to do that first. This is great if you have an old wool sweater that you want to upcycle into a fun project, but you can also check out a thrift store. It’s totally fine if the sweater has holes or issues – the felting process shrinks and binds it all together, so if you are buying one, look for the cheaper damaged ones! Also, I only used one color because I only had one sweater that was falling apart and didn’t want to buy more, but the multi-colored trees I’ve seen are super cute. So if you can get more colors, go for it! It’d especially be worth it if you were making a bunch of trees for gifts, so you’d use more of the sweaters.
To felt the sweaters, all you need to do is toss them in a mesh laundry bag (because they will give off lint like crazy!) and throw them in the washing machine on the hot/cold cycle. They’ll shrink up all funny and be super soft and perfect for crafting! Lay it out to dry and it’s ready to go!
Making the tree is so easy. First you’ll cut out your circles – I found it easiest to cut the smallest one first, then use that as a template for the next one by cutting just outside of it (maybe about 1/8″ or so). I kept doing that until I had a circle the size that I wanted for my base (it’s about 4″ across).
I had 21 circles all together. Then you just bend your wire at the bottom and start stacking them by poking the wire through the center of each circle.
Just keep stacking them all the way up…
When you get to the top, you can attach your tree topper by bending your wire around it (or, if you are using more felted wool like me, you can thread it right through).
And your felt stacking tree is complete! You can bend the wire around to find the perfect position for your tree.
My little tree is going to hang out in our entryway, so I’m going to leave him as is. Depending on where he ends up in the future, I may dress him up – maybe a little beaded garland or glue on some beads or pearls as ornaments!
A few alternative ways to do this project:
- Glue the felt circles together. Your tree will just be permanently positioned but will still be cute.
- Use regular felt. Regular felt is fine, it’s just thinner and cleaner than the fuzzy, thick felted wool. So it will look different but be equally fun. You’ll probably want to cut out more layers, and probably cut out two of each size.
- Make an ornament by using thread or fishing line and threading that through each layer. My mother-in-law has a similar ornament that has a bell at the bottom of the tree – that is an easy and cute way to secure the bottom layers.
Hope you enjoy this simple little tree as much as I do!