Felted Christmas Tree Finished
Last time I told you I was making a Christmas tree. http://wp.me/p1WEqk-2Gc I did get it decorated before Christmas.
The small one is in Grandmas House
The large on is in my house. Here it is stretched over its frame. The tomato cage give it an odd shape but I like it. Please excuse the messy desk in the back ground. I should of rolled the top down but didn’t think of it.
next I decorated it. it turned out not so bad. I added some of the decorations that I have received in the forum Holiday exchange over the last few years. The candy cane is one. In the first picture you can see the tree better and in the second one you can see the lights better. You can see my spinning wheel in the back ground too.
The biggest problem with making a tree like this is there is nothing to hang the lights and decorations on. I ended up sewing the lights on, all around the tree, 25 feet of lights. I used the tinsel to hide the wire. Then I hung all the ornaments using the tinsel and wire to hook over. It looked a little bare still so I added. a string of red beads, sewn on again. All in all I am very pleased with them both. Anyone have a better/different idea of how to add the lights and decorations?
21 thoughts on “Felted Christmas Tree Finished”
Your trees look good Ann. The tomato cage was a good ides. Lots of work sewing on the lights and decorations. I wonder, would it be possible to attach the lights to the cage with plastic or wire ties, then make small holes in the felt and poke them through? Just a thought for next year. 😉
Thanks, Koffi, I did think of that but the tree is about 2 1/2 feet tall and getting inside the tree to poke the holes trough in the right place might be a bigger pain than sewing.
They both look great Ann 🙂
I don’t have any better suggestions, but I suppose it would be easier to decorate it flat, then put it on the cage.
Thanks Zed. Yes it might have been easier to do it if It was off the frame then slip it on the after the sewing was done.
A great idea. I am pondering the idea of a half tree that will hang on the wall. I do not put up a big tree anymore and that would be ideal. But storage is a big problem for me, so it would have to fold up or roll up. My brain has not come up with a solution yet.
Judy not sure if you saw my wall tree done on a canvas – http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/thread/1948/christmas-tree – Could also make a form out of hardware cloth or chicken wire to attach the tree to to keep it from being flat. I liked putting the lights in from the back so the wires did not show.
Thanks Judy, you could make a frame and tie the felt onto it. Then you could take it off and roll it up for storage.
You are such an innovative and brave felter!! I very much appreciate the detailed contributions/tutorials from all of you!
Thank you Mary
Beautiful trees Ann! I too would have sewn the lights and tinsel in place.
Now that it’s done, cover it (to protect it from dust) after Christmas and put it in the loft – just as it is. Then next year just lift it down, whip the cover off, eh voila, tree done!
Yes I will put it in a big garbage and up in the attic and hope the mice don’t make a home it. That sounds like a children’s Christmas story
They both came out great – I found a “cemetary vase” which is perfect stand for placing the small tree on – I will post a picture of it over in December Daily Dose of fiber.
Thanks Frances. I am curios as to what a cemetery vase is. It was you that got me thinking I should make a tree. I think if my tree had been a half tree I would have used your idea of putting the lights on from the back
Can’t think of a better solution, but I applaud you for your efforts; and as Lyn says, your work is all done for next year once the tree is properly protected and stored. Thanks for sharing your Christmas tree!
Thank you Luvswool, one less thing to do next Christmas.
Ann, I love how innovative your thinking was. Lots of sewing, but I bet it was fun…
Thanks Leonor, it was fun. well maybe not the sewing on of the lights but the rest was fun.
Great tree Ann. I agree with Lyn, now it’s done you won’t have to ever worry about decorating it again, just put it out and “your tree is up”! Maybe you could have used velcro, the more sticky kind so that the ornaments would hold on to the felt with the velcro. It would only work with light ornaments. Not sure if the lights would work that way or not.
Thanks Ruth, Velcro would work or I suppose I could have made tiny holes so the hooks could go through too
Great idea, I wonder if a hot glue gun would attach some of the decorations to the felt? (Haven’t tried it myself)
Thanks Sunshine, Might work for the ornaments but I think the lights would be to heavy.