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Annique's Christmas Tree

I jumped on the Pinterest Felt Christmas Tree Train this year!  It just looked so easy and fun.  I went to JoAnn and got some green felt by the yard.  I also got a few sheets of colored felt.

Then I cut a rectangle roughly the size I wanted the finished tree to be.  I folded it in half and free-handed a Christmas tree design.  I cut it out and unfolded it for a symmetrical tree (because that is how we type-A's roll).

I pulled out my Cuttlebug and a my Sizzix Circles #2 die and ran some of the colored felt through for some ornaments.

My biggest problem was adhering the tree to the wall.  I had planned to use the picture-hanging command strips, but I would have to buy one for each branch and the top and bottom (12 total) and I wanted to find a cheaper option.  Someone suggested glue dots.  I did a little research and found one place that said you could put them on drywall.  Quite skeptical, I adhered a piece of felt to the wall in the garage using a glue dot.  Two days later, I pulled the dot off along with the paint.  Lesson learned.  My third shot is holding up OK.  I used some painter's tape that I looped into a circle.  I had not tried sticky-tack, though, since I did not have any.  I don't think I'll have to use my last resort: to return to the craft store for a large rectangle of felt.  I would glue the tree onto the rectangle using fabric glue and then I could use the command strips (just not as many).

Verdict?  Annique LOVED setting it up!  She keeps the ornaments on the center of the tree and doesn't "branch out" with them, but oh well- it is her tree.  The goal is to have this tree to direct her attention if she starts playing with "mommy and daddy's tree."  I take her ornaments down occasionally so she has the desire to put them back up because she doesn't just approach the tree and start playing with it when it is decorated.

It does help a bit with keeping her out of the big tree.  If she ever starts to play with an ornament on our real tree, I pick her up and say, "How sad, Annqiue is playing with mommy and daddy's tree.  Let's play on Annique's tree instead." I put her down at her tree and start playing with her there.  I think I've only had to do that twice.  I'm pretty sure we'll see this tree again next year!


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