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Easy Felt Christmas Ornaments

Nothing says homey -- or homemade -- like felt. These easy felt Christmas ornaments add warm welcomes and a touch of nostalgia to your tree.

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    • Snowflake-Design Ornament

      Capture a falling snowflake on your tree with this beautiful felt creation. Change the colors to create a full collection.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace pattern (available, below) onto tracing paper and cut out.
      2. Cut one circle each from red and aqua felt.
      3. Cut the snowflake pattern from the aqua circle, folding the shape in half to make the first series of cuts, and then refolding in the opposite direction to make a second set of cuts. Fold the shape in half on the diagonal to make a third set of cuts, and then refold on the opposite diagonal to make a final set of cuts.
      4. Glue snowflake cutout onto the red circle.
      5. Glue a loop of baker's twine to back of ornament for a hanging loop. Glue ornament to white felt, enclosing ends of hanging loop, and cut around shape using pinking shears.

    • Polka Dot Star Ornament

      Lively polka dots put this felt star ornament in a festive mood. Cut out different-size dots or use a variety of Christmas colors for even more holiday cheer/creativity.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache star onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache star.
      2. Use a hole punch, decorative punch, or scissors to make felt dots (stiff felt works best for punching). Glue dots to the felt-topped ornament.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

      Editor's Tip: Cardboard or wood stars also work as a backing for this polka dot ornament.

    • Two-Tone Felt Tree Ornament

      A white overlay creates a shadow effect on this simply styled ornament, adorned with a bright red tree topper for an extra bit of flair.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a tree onto stiff felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or shape cut from an old Christmas card as a template. Cut out the traced tree.
      2. Trace an overlay tree onto a contrasting color of felt, cutting it slightly smaller than the foundation tree.
      3. Glue the overlay to the foundation tree.
      4. Finish off the ornament by gluing on a star topper punched from stiff felt. Or use a pre-made felt cutout or pretty bead.
      5. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

      Editor's Tip: For added ease, use a copy machine to reduce the size of your original tree. Repeat for even more layers of Christmas tree fun.

    • Circle Snowflake Felt Ornament

      Turn your tree into a winter wonderland using this snow-themed felt ornament in icy gray and white.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache circle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the circle.
      2. Use a decorative punch to make a scallop-edge circle from stiff felt and a hole punch for dots (stiff felt works best for punched shapes). Glue shapes to the scallop-edge circle.
      3. Glue the scallop-edge circle to the felt-topped ornament.
      4. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

    • Snowflake & Star Felt Ornament

      A snowflake pops against a bright red background, ensuring this star ornament always stands out.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache star onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache star.
      2. Glue a felt snowflake cutout to the felt-topped star.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

      Editor's Tip: Use a cardboard or wood star in lieu of papier-mache.

    • Felt Heart Ornament

      Stencils are the simple secret to the artful design on this heartfelt ornament. Make several hearts and use a variety of different colors to add some extra love to your Christmas tree.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache heart onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache heart.
      2. Use stencils to trace designs onto different colors of felt. Cut out the shapes and glue to the felt-topped heart ornament.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

      Editor's Tip: Cardboard or wood hearts also work as a backing for this adorable ornament.

    • Felt Candy Cane Ornaments

      Get the sweet look of candy canes decorating your tree, without the sugary temptation. Use different colors for delicious-looking ornaments that will last for years.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a candy cane onto stiff felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or shape cut from an old Christmas card as a template; cut out the shape.
      2. Cut thin and thick stripes from two colors of felt. Glue the stripes to the candy cane, alternating colors.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

    • Felt Stocking Ornament

      Tuck a few of these felt ornaments into garland, draping the mantel for a festive tie-in to the family's stockings. Or, hot-glue the mini stockings onto ribbon to make your own fun garland.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a stocking onto stiff felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or shape cut from an old Christmas card as a template. Cut out the stocking.
      2. Glue a felt cuff to the stocking top and curved borders near the heel and toe.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

    • Snowy Felt Tree Ornament

      With felt "snow" this tree brings in the beauty of the season while leaving the cold outside. Play around with different colors for a festive gift decoration.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a tree onto stiff felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or shape cut from an old Christmas card as a template. Cut out the traced tree.
      2. Use a hole punch to make dots from felt (stiff felt works best for punching.) Glue the dots to the tree.
      3. Glue a felt topper and snowy ground to the tree, cutting shapes freehand or using a decorative punch.
      4. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      Felt Candle Ornament

      Relive the Victorian-era tradition of a tree decorated with candles -- but do it the safe way, with this adorable felt ornament.

      How to Make It:

      1. Cut a rectangle from stiff felt. Cut a wick, melted wax, and a holder to size to fit the rectangle. If desired, use a stencil, cookie cutter, or a candle on an old Christmas card as a template.
      2. Glue the cut-out shapes to the rectangle.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      Felt Flower Ornament

      Side-by-side punched hearts form "petals" and a felt-covered button center adds dimension to this flowering ornament. Subdued colors give it a modern appeal.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache circle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache circle.
      2. Punch four hearts and a scallop-edge circle from stiff felts, using a decorative punch (stiff felt works best for punching).
      3. Glue the hearts, tips pointed in, around the felt-topped ornament. Glue the scallop-edge circle on top, and then add a felt-covered button made using a button kit.
      4. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

      Editor's Tip: If you don't have a button kit on hand, use a unique button or bead instead.

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      Felt Holly Leaves Ornament

      Cream felt gives this holly ornament an unexpected look; or use green for a more traditional look. Whatever color you choose, it's a cute embellishment on a gift bag or attached to a homemade treat.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace two holly leaves onto stiff felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or shape cut from an old Christmas card as a template. Cut out the leaves.
      2. Use a hole punch to make berries (stiff felt works best for punching). Cut thin, curved rectangles for "spines." Glue the shapes to the leaves.
      3. Hot-glue the leaves together, overlapping slightly.
      4. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      2-Tone Felt Ornament

      Delicate scallop-edged circles in shades of gray and cream visually soften this layered felt ornament.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache circle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache circle.
      2. Use scallop-edge punches or pinking shears to make different-size circles from stiff felt (it works best for punching).
      3. Layer the scallop-edge circles on the felt-topped ornament, gluing to adhere.
      4. Glue a felt-covered button, made with a button kit, to the center.
      5. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

      Editor's Tip: You can use a regular button or unique bead to complete the ornament.

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      Circle Tree Felt Ornament

      A spindly trunk and branches cut freeform add a flair of originality to this felt-topped ornament.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache circle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the circle.
      2. Cut a thin trunk and branches freeform, then punch dots using different-color felts (stiff felt works best for punching). Glue shapes to the felt-topped ornament.
      3. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      Festive Tree Felt Ornament

      Trim the tree anyway you like -- there's no going wrong on this felt ornament.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache rectangle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache rectangle.
      2. Trace a tree onto felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or tree cut from an old Christmas card as a template. Cut out the tree and glue it to the felt-topped ornament.
      3. Use a hole punch to make "ornaments" and a topper from felt (stiff felt works best).
      4. Cut garland and the ground or a tree skirt with scissors, using different color felt. Glue the shapes to the tree.
      5. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      Felt Bell Ornament

      With a tree trimmed in silver bells, you'll know it's Christmas time in the city -- or wherever you are!

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a bell onto stiff felt using a stencil, cookie cutter, or shape cut from an old Christmas card as a template. Cut out the bell.
      2. Cut an oval-shape bottom piece, stripes, and a ringer from contrasting felt; glue to the bell.
      3. Use a hole punch to make a dot from stiff felt; glue to the top of the ornament.
      4. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      Flower Button Ornament

      Sweet embellishments on creamy-white felt make this ornament a dainty-looking delight.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache circle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the papier-mache circle.
      2. Use a hole punch to make dots and a decorative punch to make a scallop-edge circle from stiff felt (it works best for punching).
      3. Use a button kit to cover a button in felt. Glue a small, punched felt flower and dot to the top.
      4. Glue the scallop-edge circle to the center of the felt-topped ornament, and the assembled button on top of that. Glue dots around the perimeter.
      5. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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      Holly Wreath Felt Ornament

      Whether it's dangling from a doorknob or decorating a tree, this mini wreath ornament spreads holiday cheer.

      How to Make It:

      1. Trace a papier-mache circle onto felt. Cut it out and glue it to the circle.
      2. Use a stencil to trace holly leaves onto felt (or make a pattern freehand); cut out the leaves. Use a hole punch to make dots from stiff felt (it works best for punching).
      3. Glue the holly leaves and berry dots to the felt-topped ornament, overlapping them.
      4. Hot-glue a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.

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