Felt ornaments make the perfect gifts and easy holiday accents. This easy DIY tutorial shows you how to make easy felt ornaments without a sewing machine!
The Christmas holiday season is my favorite time of the entire year, not only because we celebrate Jesus’ birth but because I love all the beautiful Christmas decorations! I love that each year I can change up a few things in my tree decor or add in a different color and everything feels fresh and new!
These DIY handmade felt ornaments replicate the old-fashioned ribbon candy of the past. Great vintage project for lovers of all things crafty!
How to felt ornaments.
Did you know felt could be used as a verb? Me, either! This tutorial is going to show you how to felt an ornament for Christmas! Basically, we’re taking a few easily found supplies and using them to make an ornament reminiscent of old fashioned candy canes.
How to sew a felt ornament.
The best thing about this project? You don’t need a sewing machine and just a few stitches will complete the project. I’m a huge fan of no sew projects!
Are felt and flannel the same thing?
Flannel is the soft cotton fabric used for pjs and other cozy clothes but felt is a firm woven cloth of wool or cotton heavily napped and shrunk. For this project felt is the best choice.
Is this a good project for kids?
I was a homeschool mom for 23 years and each year my kids would make one special ornament for teachers and grandparents, etc. These cute felt Christmas ornaments would be an easy beginner Christmas craft for your older kids.
How to make felt Christmas tree ornaments
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Assorted seasonal ribbon
Hot glue gun or craft glue
Clear pony beads
Ornament hanger (or paper clip)
White DMC embroidery thread or other heavy thread or twine
Needle with a large eye
Step 1. Decide on type of material you will use.
Although I love the felt most of all you could also use fabric cut and hemmed or even wired ribbon.
Step 2. Measure white felt 2 1/2 wide x 26” long and then cut.
Step 3. Cut ribbon 26” long and a contrasting color of felt the same length x 1” wide.
I made a couple different ornaments, one with felt as the center strip and one with ribbon.
Step 4. Glue ribbon and/or felt down center of white felt.
Step 5. Begin marking underside of felt, beginning at 1” and continuing every 2”.
Step 6. Using a seam ripper or other sharp object, poke a hole through both materials at marked intervals.
Step 7. Cut a length of DMC ribbon, thread through needle and knot.
I always have this cross stitch thread available but you could use sewing thread or some other thin thread.
Step 8. Beginning on the back side at the 1” mark, pull the thread through, add a pony bead and poke through next interval.
Continue to work until the end of felt strip, knotting the thread and clipping.
Step 9. Use a paper clip or ornament hanger and attach to top pony bead.
Step 10. Hang ornaments!
These are perfect for your Christmas tree, hanging from a door handle or stringing together for a garland. Just use your imagination!
I hope you’ll try this fun craft and add rustic charm to your own holiday tree. These ornaments make a great addition to your Christmas tree or even as part of a mantel display or wreath arrangement. Save the scraps of felt and use the bright colors for another project!
DIY Felt Ornaments
- 1 piece White felt
- 1 piece Red felt
- 1 piece Green felt
- 1 Assorted seasonal ribbon
- 1 Scissors
- 1 Seam ripper
- 1 Hot glue gun or craft glue
- 1 Clear pony beads
- 1 Needle with a large eye
- 1 Ornament hanger (or paper clip)
- 1 White DMC embroidery thread or other heavy thread or twine
- 1 Ruler
- 1 Marker
- Decide on type of material you will use.
- Measure white felt 2 1/2 wide x 26” long and then cut.
- Cut ribbon 26” long and a contrasting color of felt the same length x 1” wide.
- Glue ribbon and/or felt down center of white felt.
- Begin marking underside of felt, beginning at 1” and continuing every 2”.
- Using a seam ripper or other sharp object, poke a hole through both materials at marked intervals.
- Cut a length of DMC ribbon, thread through needle and knot.
- Beginning on the back side at the 1” mark, pull the thread through, add a pony bead and poke through next interval.
- Use a paper clip or ornament hanger and attach to top pony bead.
- Hang ornaments!
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