DIY Felt Ornaments Tips, Tricks and Templates (Free)
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Learn all about DIY Felt Ornaments Tips, Trick and Templates (Free). This quick complete guide will show the ins and outs of working with Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments. What tools are useful in cutting, how to glue or sew an ornament and where to get free felt ornament patterns.
Felt ornaments are all the rage these days, a vintage classic that add nostalgia to Christmas tree decorating. It’s always fun to add handmade ornaments to the tree – it gives it more meaning and connection to our loved ones. Felt ornaments can range from easy to very difficult. If you’re just getting started or want a quick refresher on felt ornament making I have what you need!
DIY Felt Ornaments Tips, Tricks and Templates (Free)
Tip #1 – Use the GOOD Felt
I understand the tempting thing about felt ornaments is that you can really save some money when it comes to the material the ornament is made of. You can literally buy a massive amount of felt off the bolt for a screaming deal! BUT, not all felt is created equal. It’s better to spend a little more money on the material and save elsewhere (like on the pattern). Felt that has some wool in it costs a little more, but can be ironed (a must for HTV, and also another tip below). It cuts nicer, stays together better and lasts longer than cheap basic acrylic felt. I have a whole drawer full of this felt in an array of colors. The best part is there are shops that put together ready made Christmas Pallets that are perfect for making a bunch of ornaments. This is where I like to buy my nice felt.
Tip #2 – Properly Prep the Felt for Cutting
It helps if the felt is flat without creases for cutting. Try to store your felt in such a way that creases won’t form. If that’s not possible, be sure to give pieces a quick once over with an iron. If you’re using a machine like a Cricut Maker to cut the felt items (one of my favorite things to do), cut the felt sheets to the correct size for the mat.
Tip #3 – Use Sharp, Small Cutting Tools
When cutting out a felt Christmas tree ornament there are all kinds of small bits and intricate cuts. Sharp smaller scissors (like these) make the cuts nicer and more precise.
If you’re using a Cricut Maker to cut out the ornaments make sure that the rotary blade is newer to get the best, cleanest cuts.
Tip #4 – The Freezer Paper Technique
While it’s easy to see how a Cricut Maker can cut out all those items precisely – how does a human with a pdf pattern? You use what is call the freezer paper technique. This handy paper isn’t just for making t-shirts, it is also a handy tool for cutting out tiny ornament bits correctly. And I suppose people use it for food…but I always use it for crafting!
Start by tracing the pattern onto the freezer paper (make sure that your tracing is NOT on the waxy side) with a marker or pencil
Cut out the items from the freezer paper (but don’t cut them out exactly – leave a border.
Iron onto the felt (see there’s a reason why the good felt is best).
As best as you can, take your time and cut out the outlines of the ornament with the paper still attached to the felt.
Once cut, gently peel the freezer paper off the felt ornament piece.
You can see the freezer paper technique in action at this felt ornament tutorial.
Tip #5 – Use a Cookie Sheet
This is one of my top tips – I use this all the time in my studio. If I’m not making the ornament right away I store the pieces nice and flat on a cookie sheet. This prevents wrinkles in your nicely cut and flat pieces before you have a chance to bring the DIY Christmas Ornament together.
Tip #6 – Use a Baggy
A lot of DIY felt Ornaments have tiny bits and bobs to them. Make it a clear baggy so you can easily see the pieces in it. It’s a good idea to put those tiny things into a baggy to keep track of them – they can easily get lost! Speaking of lost…
Tip #7 – Check your Sweater
As funny as this may sound – it’s true! Felt loves to stick to clothing, especially sweaters! If you’re missing a piece and can’t find it – check your clothing first! I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me because it’s so common.
Tip #8 – Use a Small Iron
Many Felt ornaments have HTV added to them, and because the pieces are so tiny (like this gnome ornament hat) having a mini iron makes this process easier and more accurate. Having the correct tiny tools makes putting the ornament together easier.
Tip #9 – Use a Fine Point Glue or Glue Gun
If you are making a no sew Ornament having the correct glue is key. For working with small ornament pieces a fine point is key. I like using both hot glue and tacky glue.
The key no matter the glue used is a fine point so you can control the glue. I like this tacky glue and I love this glue gun for working with ornaments.
Tip #10 – Use Free Patterns and Templates!
The web is full of amazing tutorials with FREE templates for you to use and enjoy. So while you might have to spend a little more money on nice felt – make up the difference by using one of the wonder free tutorials that blogger (like myself) off on their websites. I have over 20 free felt Christmas ornament patterns and templates for you to enjoy.
Tip #11 – Make it Fun!
Making should be a pleasure – especially around the holidays!
While making your ornaments turn on some Christmas music or a movie. Have friends over and create together. Get kids in on the fun! Make ornaments and memories. Don’t put yourself in Santa’s sweatshop – have fun with it!
More DIY Christmas Ornaments:
- DIY Gnome Ornament (Free Template)
- Gingerbread Family Ornaments (free patterns)
- Gingerbread House Ornament Template (free)
- Mitten Ornaments Tutorial (free pattern)
- Snowflake Ornament DIY (free pattern)
- Ice Skate Ornament DIY (free pattern)
- Merry Felt fox Ornament
- Jolly Santa Ornament
- Adorable Holly Reindeer ornament
- Felt Lanterns
- “Let It Snow” Hoop Ornament
- Felt Reindeer Ornament
- Felt Elf Ornament
- Noel Hoop Ornament
- Nutcracker Ornament DIY
- Mini Top Hat Ornament
- Crochet Angel Ornament
- Snow Man Ornament
- Cute Cloche Ornament (Shatterpoorf)
- Joy Wooden Christmas Ornament
- You can see all of Handmade Ornament Tutorials on this page
- You can see just my Felt Christmas Ornaments here.
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This is very clever! I can see children in a nursery or grandkids really enjoying this. Thanks for sharing.