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Make Felt Christmas Ornaments

Use our free patterns and easy instructions to make an array of felt Christmas ornaments to give as gifts or hang on your Christmas tree. Featuring adorable mittens, Christmas trees, and furry friends, these Christmas ornaments are perfect for the holiday season. Make a felt Christmas ornament today!


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    • Baby Owl Ornament

      Skip the traditional red and green, and craft this cute baby owl ornament from teal and green felt instead. To make, trace patterns onto white paper; cut out. Gather 12-inch pieces of teal, green, white, black, and yellow felt. Referring to the photo, trace the owl patterns onto felt; cut out. Hand-stitch the features to one body piece, using matching thread and running stitches. Layer the two body pieces with wrong sides together, and insert the small owl wings between them. For the hanging loop, fold a 4-inch length of green ribbon and insert the ends at the top center between the body pieces. Using a 1/8-inch seam allowance, hand-stitch the body pieces together; catch the wings and hanging loops in the seam as you stitch. Leave a 1-1/2-inch opening in the bottom of the ornament. Stuff the body with polyester fiberfill; stitch the opening closed.

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    • Needle-Felted Penguins

      So long, frozen tundra -- these adorable felted penguins are taking up residence at your place. Arrange them in a mantel or tabletop vignette, or finish each penguin ornament with a ribbon loop to hang on your Christmas tree.

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    • Simple Snowman Felt Ornaments

      These cheery snowmen are ideal Christmas ornaments to make from scraps of felt. Cut two snowman shapes -- one for the front, one for the back -- from white felt. Using black embroidery floss, stitch French knots for eyes and outline stitches or straight stitches for smiles. Attach a scrap of orange felt with whipstitches for a carrot nose. Stitch the snowman front to the back with blue floss using blanket stitches; leave a small opening to stuff with polyester fiberfill, then stitch closed. Cut scraps of felt for fronts and backs of stocking caps; whipstitch to create stripes, blanket-stitch the two layers together, and glue in place onto the snowman. Glue a pom-pom onto each hat if desired, and tie a scarf made of scraps around the neck. Add a ribbon loop for hanging.

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    • Felted Ball Wreath Ornament

      This simple wreath ornament made with felted wool balls comes together in a pinch, so it's easy to make multiples for a cohesive look on your tree. Thread a large tapestry needle with 26-gauge wire, and run it through the felted wool balls, alternating between small and large sizes (we used five 1-1/2-centimeter balls and five 1-centimeter balls). Cut the wire and twist the ends together to form a circle. Tie perle cotton thread or ribbon around the wreath to create the hanging loop.

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    • Make a Felted Ball

      Why buy felted balls at the crafts store when you can learn the ridiculously easy process from our video tutorial? Add these pretty embellishments to your Christmas ornaments this year -- just click to learn how!

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    • Pretty White Felt Ornaments

      Create a bunch of these pretty felt Christmas ornaments to use as present toppers in addition to tree decorations. Follow the link to our patterns and simple how-to.

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    • Felt Pinecone Christmas Ornament

      Craft snow-capped pinecones from felt to add winter beauty to your Christmas tree. The Christmas ornaments will make an adorable gift for any loved one.

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    • Felt Snowman Ornament

      This sweet-faced Christmas ornament is beyond simple to create -- it doesn't even require a pattern! With just a little cutting and hand-stitching, you can add this adorable snowman to your Christmas tree.

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    • Russian Nesting Doll Ornament

      This well-known and much-loved nesting doll ornament doesn't hide additional dolls in its interior -- but you may find yourself crafting multiples of her once your friends see! Click below for the free pattern and instructions.

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      Make a Cute Ornament from Scraps!

      Got scraps from your other felt ornaments? Add this crafty idea to your Christmas tree decorating.

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      Felt Mitten Ornaments

      Add a cozy look to your holiday tree with our mitten-shape felt Christmas ornaments. To make, draw a mitten shape onto a piece of paper; cut out. Use the pattern to cut the top mitten layer from wool felt. Choose a design, and cut out solid shapes from different colors of wool felt or use wool roving to make lines.

      Place the mitten top on the felting brush, and arrange your felt pieces. Using a needle-felting tool and following the manufacturer's instructions, pounce the tool onto the felt piece or roving until well secured. Continue adding and layering pieces until design is complete.

      Cut a piece of wide roving for the cuff, doubling if necessary to reach desired thickness. Tack the cuff to the mitten top using the needle-felting tool. Place the mitten top on the slightly larger mitten back; place on felting brush. Pounce the needle-felting tool around the edge of the mitten top to secure. To finish the ornament, sew one or two felted balls to the right corner of the cuff. Add a hanging loop.

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      Felt and Paper Clip Ice Skate Ornament

      Craft the cleverest ornaments on the Christmas tree using basic sewing supplies and a few paper clips. Click below for the free pattern and tutorial. And while you're there, check out another adorable felt ornament project -- faux fur-trimmed mittens!

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      Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

      Our adorable felt Christmas tree ornament can be made in minutes and is a great project for older kids. To make, draw a Christmas tree shape onto plain paper; cut out. Use the shape to trace on a piece of tan (or desired color) felt; cut out. To add snow to the tree, hot-glue white felt dots to the tan felt. Using the picture as a guide, cut the snowy base of the tree from white felt and hot-glue to the tree. Cut a small hanging loop from embroidery thread, and secure between the tree and a red felt circle using hot glue.

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      Scandinavian-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

      Traditional folk crafts inspired the imagery and colors of these stark but beautiful ornaments. Cut out three or more layers of felt (matching colors for front and back, complementary hues for visual depth). Hot-glue together if desired, or simply attach all layers to one another with a variety of straight stitches and curlicues. Hot-glue a long ribbon to the top of the ornament for hanging.

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      Honeycomb-Shape Felt Ornament

      Put your crafting skills to work to make this pretty honeycomb-shape decoration. See how to make felt ornaments with a signature shape.

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      Freeform Tree Ornament

      Part of the beauty of felt Christmas ornaments is their adaptability: You don't need a pattern or expert sewing skills to create unique items of beauty. Glue a piece of felt onto a papier-mache circle to form the base for this freeform tree. Cut a thin trunk and a few branches using shapes and colors as desired. Glue the shapes to the circle, and attach a hanging loop.

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      Felt Penguin Ornament

      This iceberg-loving critter adds charm to your tree with felt scraps and a bit of sewing. To make, trace patterns onto white paper and cut out. Gather 12-inch pieces of white, orange, and black felt. Trace the penguin patterns onto felt; cut out. Hand-stitch the features to one body piece. Add the belly and then the wings to the penguin body, stitching only the inside curves of each wing. Layer the two body pieces with wrong sides together, and insert the penguin feet between them. Fold a 4-inch length of white ribbon, and insert the ends between the body pieces for the hanging loop. Using a 1/8-inch seam allowance, hand-stitch the body pieces together; catch the hanging loop in the seam as you stitch. Leave a 1-1/2-inch opening in the bottom of the ornament. Stuff the body with polyester fiberfill; stitch the opening closed.

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      Felt Christmas Wreath Ornament

      Add mini Christmas wreaths to your tree with this simple felt Christmas ornament. Using a thin wooden disk for the base, trace a same-size circle onto red (or desired color) felt; cut out. Using a hot-glue gun, draw a thin line of glue around the edge of the disk and quickly adhere the red felt circle. Let dry. Using precut felt shapes (or cut your own), form a wreath on the felt circle to finish your ornament. Once you have your final design, secure each shape with hot glue. Attach a hanging loop to the finished ornament.

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      Felt Poinsettia Christmas Ornament

      Festive red and white poinsettias will pop against your evergreen Christmas tree. And the best part? These beautiful felt creations don't require watering.

      Editor's Tip: Make these ornaments without hanging loops (as shown) to use as package decorations.

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      Felt Dala Horse Ornament

      Show off your stitching on this tiny felt version of the traditional Swedish Dala horse. Inspired by the carved-and-painted horses of Sweden, this adorable handmade felt ornament is a showcase of bright embroidery. Tie your trim to the tree or to a gift of traditional treats.

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      Felt Rosette Christmas Ornament

      For instant elegance, decorate your Christmas tree with handmade felt rosettes. These beautiful Christmas ornaments will add wintry splendor to your decor.

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      Tone-on-Tone Circle Ornament

      Perfect on the tree or as pretty tags to decorate presents, these delicate scallop-edge felt Christmas ornaments take just minutes to make. To start, cut a piece of felt to match a papier-mache circle; glue the felt onto the circle. Cut several different sizes of felt circles using pinking shears or scallop-edge punches to create a decorative edge. Layer the felt pieces; glue to each other, then to the circle. Glue a felt or decorative button to the center, and attach a hanging loop to the ornament.

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      Felt 3-D Christmas Ornament

      Who says felt decorations have to be flat? Give your Christmas tree extra dimension with this 3-D ornament.

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      Hanging Gift Card Holder Ornament

      Why encase a gift card in an impersonal envelope when you can give two gifts in one with a little felt and rickrack? These charming gift card holder ornaments look lovely resting in the boughs of a tree, and your friends' smiles upon receiving them will be lovely, too.

      Editor's Tip: For a fun new Christmas tradition, craft several gift card holder ornaments in different colors -- one for each member of your family -- and have them search the tree for their gifts on Christmas morning.

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      Felt Gnome Ornaments

      For centuries, gnomes have spread their magic and mischief from Scandinavia to Germany to the Czech Republic and beyond. This year, invite felt ornament versions of the little imps into your home and heart. These identical fellows are hand-sewn from red felt and topped with needle-felted roving for beards and beads for noses.

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      Felt Christmas Tree Cutout Ornament

      Layer our free felt ornament pattern atop two circles of pretty felt for a cute and quaint take on the tree. We love how simple it is to pull together this simple Christmas craft.

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      Felt Teardrop Christmas Ornament

      This charming felt ornament showcases a simple, elegant design -- emphasis on the simple! Pinking shears, felt, glue, and string are all you need to create this Christmas craft. Click below to see the steps -- all four of them.

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      Felt Snowflake Cutout Ornament

      Remember crafting coffee-filter snowflakes as a kiddo? We've reinvented that beloved project with these sturdier, felt-base ornaments. Get the kids involved in this super-simple holiday craft; click below to get our full how-to!

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      Felt Snowflake Shapes

      Beginning sewers will have fun creating this simple circular ornament adorned with snowflake designs or other seasonal images, such as trees and candy canes. Start by cutting two circles of felt, and attach together using a blanket stitch. Use contrasting felt colors to add designs; here, a star shape is overlaid onto a small hexagon, and straight stitches and French knots provide decorative elements. Create a hanging loop with a longer piece of knotted thread.

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      Mirrored Felt Ornaments

      Add a little glimmer to your holiday decorating with mirrored felt Christmas ornaments. Made from felt, small round mirrors, and fiberfill, these plush bulbs are not only a fun and easy craft, but they're also a shiny addition to your Christmas tree.

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      Cardinal Christmas Ornament

      For a nature-theme Christmas tree, include a few of these crimson cardinal ornaments, which clip onto tree branches rather than hang. Spruce up coarse felt with a luxe beaded tail plume and glittery wings.

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      Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

      Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments made by you and your loved ones. Hang our easy-to-make ornaments on your tree for generations to come, give them as gifts to friends, or use them to amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas.
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