Time soon to start planning for Christmas! Here is a miniature 18″ tree ready to decorate with small ornaments – perfect for a holiday table top!
Last year I enjoyed making a series of red and white Christmas ornaments for a white branching tree. Click on the links to see the variety of techniques used to make the ornaments including: Marabu Easy Marble Paints, needle felted wool ribbon candy, stars, and balls, no-sew folded ribbon and fabric, tucked fabric balls, bent wire stars, and different ornaments inspired by the internet.
This year I found a cute miniature tree pattern called A Year of Wooly Trees Christmas – December from Legacy Patterns. It will be fun to make mini ornaments to adorn the tree!
Here are the items I used:
- Legacy Patterns Wooly Trees December Christmas Pattern
- Dimensions Wool Felt Spruce – four are needed to complete the tree
- Wooly Trees Base Square Brown 4 pc
- 1/2″ wooden dowel cut to 18″
- Panacea Stem Wire 18 in. 18-Gauge 20 pc Green – need fifteen wires
- Wire cutters
- rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Omnigrip Non-slip Ruler
- Panacea Floral Tape 60 ft. Green
- Panacea Floral Tape 60 ft. Brown (optional)
- Olfa Stainless Steel Scissors Serrated Edge 5″
- Aleene’s Always Ready Turbo Tacky Glue
- Clover Wonder Clips – I used the mini and medium sizes
- Hareline Dubbin Cactus Chenille Medium Red (optional)
- Darice Metallic Light Bulb Garland (optional)
- Darice Ornament Reflective Star 3 in. Clear (optional)
After cutting and marking the floral stem wire…
I cut the Dimensions Wool Felt into strips using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler – all per the pattern instructions. Then I cut every 1/4″ to 1/4″ from the edge with the Olfa Multi-Purpose Scissors with Serrated Edges. My hand tired quickly with regular shears, but the short, sturdy, serrated blades of the these scissors made easy work of the numerous small cuts.
Note: It worked well to use the 12″ x 12″ sheets of Dimensions Wool Felt 100% wool felt. Because it is feels more like felted wool than wool felt, its thickness made full branches – much better than less expensive green felt. I used about 3-1/2 or 3-3/4 sheets to cover the wire branches.
After cutting the strips, it was time to add some glue and wrap the wire stems with the felt. I had three sizes of Wonder Clips (mini, medium and jumbo) and found the mini size worked great for the tip and the medium size for the end. However, I found any size will work. The pattern suggest small wood clothespins but advises to remove them before the glue dries on them – this was not a problem with the Wonder Clips.
The pattern explains how to mark the wooden dowel and glue and wrap the Floral Tape around it to secure the felt and wire branches.
Here are the branches drying – stuck in a 2″ sheet of foam. I was careful to keep the branches – cut in incremental lengths – organized into their own groups in order of size all through the process.
The branches are all on and the lower dowel is covered with brown floral tape like a tree trunk. The tape seemed to help the dowel stick in the base securely.
After the glue dried, I pulled the branches down gently to form the tree. Some red garland and miniature lights add a festive touch. The pattern provides a template for the word JOY made out of felt for the top – but I found the perfect star ornament. It has an opening on the bottom that fits well over the tip of the top branch. I think I may add the JOY to the tree skirt – which I still have to make. Check back soon for the tree skirt and lots of miniature ornaments!