DIY Felt Evergreens and Newsprint Wintry Trees

You’ll see in my post tomorrow that I needed some wintry trees.  So, today I’m sharing how to make these wintry evergreen and newsprint trees.

DIY FELT EVERGREENS AND NEWSPRINT WINTRY TREES @CurtainQueenCreates.com

All you need is one trip to Wally World for a few supplies.

Making Wintry Trees

A cheap pack of round dowels, green felt squares, and plenty of hot glue sticks.

Oh, and also craft paint to color the dowels like tree trunks.  (Regular sticks work great and no paint is needed, but we finally had loads of rain.  Our sticks were wet, so dowels it is for me!)

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I painted most of the dowels brown for the evergreens and a couple of the smaller dowels a metallic Champaign color.

I had aspens in mind for the paper trees, but you see they turned out more like trees with heavy, snow-laden branches.

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Either way, it’s wintry, right?

Let’s begin with the evergreens.  A couple of weeks ago, as I reviewed my Christmas Helps  Pinterest board, I noticed this tree tutorial by Katie at Little House of Four.

My felt (especially the white) is thicker than most, for some reason, so it didn’t cut and fold as nicely.

Print the pattern referred to in Katie’s post.  Either enlarge on your printer, or do like I did.  Wing it.  Free-hand draw one side of it on your felt.

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Fold the felt, and cut both sides at one time.  I like the pinking shears affect for jagged edges like real evergreens, but only use them if your pinking shears are extra sharp.  Katie used regular scissors, so use whatever you like.

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Trim any branches you want to be smaller, like the upper two or three branches.

Run a bead of hot glue down the center of your first tree, and place a stick along that line of glue.

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After the glue cools, fold the tree back against itself.  Fold another tree to prepare it for attachment.

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Run a bead of glue beside the first glued tree, and quickly attach the folded tree.

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Let it cool before repeating the process. I used five tree cut-outs per tree.  You can add more, like Katie did.

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Katie used cut rings from real tree limbs for the bases of her trees.  Again, wet trees here, so my solution was used canning jar seals.  See my old label from prior canning?

Clean the lids, and use whatever side doesn’t have tape stuck to it.  😉  Aren’t I fancy?

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Load a big glob of hot glue in the center and hold the stick until it’s set.

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Repeat all of the above with white felt.

Making Felt Trees

If you want shorter trees, just snap the dowel in half.

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For paper trees, cut a newspaper section in half and fold in half, length-wise.  Trim along one edge at a slight angle.

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Snip along the cut edge about a half an inch apart.  Leave about an inch or inch and a half intact along the opposite edge.

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Place your tree trunk dowel or stick at the narrow end of the strip with the end of the dowel just over the un-snipped part of the paper.  Roll and glue with hot glue.  Stop occasionally as you roll and add a dob of glue and continue rolling.

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This is what it looks like all rolled and glued to the end of your stick or dowel.

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Invert to stand it up, and let the branches fall naturally at first.

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Carefully separate the paper branches and fluff as you see fit.  Attach to a canning jar lid as with the felt trees.

I think the paper trees would be great for palm tree settings, too.  What do you think?

Blessings~

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  1. robin says

    VERY cute! Makes me wanna go get some felt! (I already have dowels….and there are PLENTY of sticks in my yard.LOL ) They would be cute anyplace.

    I REALLY like the green trees. I’m saving the post to my bookmarks.
    This was a nice FUN crafty treat for a rainy Monday morning.

    I saw a post on FB from a HS classmate…she LOVES rainy days. WHAT???
    I wish I could say the same. They make me wanna go into hibernation. LOL
    But seriously…they do. I get so sleepy I can’t focus and am like a lazy old bum. LOL

    I rescheduled my chiro appt and Trader Joe’s will wait til tomorrow as well.
    ST will just have to use her HANDS to wash dishes tonight since Trader Joe’s has my dishwasher detergent on their shelf. LOL

    (We will be making our own…soon. Not today.lol)
    NAPTIME is the only MUST DO on my list today.
    Q has already started. He is the napping champion! haha
    (I’m switching him to wet dog food…less carbs…so that should help his weight issue.)

    • says

      Thanks, Robin. There’s nothing better than naps on rainy days! When things dry out here, I’d love to make some trees with stick trunks. I hope SD enjoys her dish-washing duty. 🙂

  2. robin says

    FYI…..
    Katie also did a pumpkin with a stick and felt and some wire….WAY cute!!! I will be doing that one next fall!

    • says

      Ooh, that sounds awesome! I’ll have to go back and check that out for next year. Thanks for sharing that! I hope your Monday has been wonderful.

    • says

      Thank you. She did, and she’ll be here all week recovering. A bonus for me! Maybe she’ll feel like decorating the tree and watching Christmas movies…our favorite things to do at Christmas. Best thing is, she can finally breathe after a life-time of not getting good air through her nose. Doc said it was the worse case he’s seen in a while, and he’s repaired many noses over the years. A painful but much-needed Christmas gift. Praise the Lord!