Grab a chair and sit for just a bit while I share with you my Tips & Tricks project for Papertrey Ink. I have wanted to create a felt Christmas tree for a couple of years now and decided now was the time. I'll explain how and hope you'll create one for yourself!
I grabbed my Papertrey Ink felt in Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, and Limeade Ice, the Buttoned Up #1, Framed Out #9, Tissue Paper Favors #1, Bloom Builders #1, Holly Jolly, and Layered Postmarks: Holiday dies, the Layered Postmarks: Holiday, Button Up, and Framed Out #9 stamps, Pure Poppy Baker's Twine, and Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, and Pure Poppy buttons plus a bit of vintage trim, pom pom trim, and trinket pins and I was set to get started.
I always like to try and incorporate a sentiment on most of my projects and thought a wreath would be a fun addition to my tree, so I used the Framed Out #9 stamp set and die and attached it near the bottom of my tree using a trinket pin from Maya Road.
A strand of die cut buttons and real buttons made for a colorful garland to wrap around my tree. I love the many different patterns available in the Button Up stamp set. And an over sized felt flower cut using the Bloom Builder #1 die was something I loved adding to bring in more softness and dimension. This is one of my most favorite dies to use this time of year.
Trims always add a special, homespun, unique touch and finished my tree off just how I envisioned it.
A pink and white polka dotted paper straw worked perfectly as my tree trunk. The straw fit right up inside the center of the tree and also fit perfectly down inside a wooden spool that I painted and distressed and then wrapped in a scrap of fabric. It is embellished with Limeade Ice leaves cut using the Holly Jolly die and an Aqua Mist button. The tree dangles freely from the straw, no filling or stuffing needed...easy as that!
Here's how I created this fun little item:
Cut Aqua Mist felt into a wedge. I've got the pattern handy if you'd like to email me for it.
Form the wedge into a cone and adhere edges together down the backside of the cone.
Using Limeade Ice felt and the Tissue Paper Favors #1 die, cut a second layer for your tree. The felt isn't quite wide enough for this die, so just make sure to focus on getting all of the scallops to fit on your felt and the straight edges will take care of themselves as you wrap this layer around your cone.
Wrap the Limeade Ice felt layer around the base cone lining up edges on the back with those of the base. You just want all of your edges hidden in the back nice and neat.
Die cut several different size buttons using the Buttoned Up #1 die, Rustic Cream cardstock, and patterned paper if desired. I used Sweet Blush Gingham here along with Sweet Blush, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, and Limeade Ice ink.
Decorate your tree by creating a garland. Just thread the die cut buttons and actual buttons onto a strand of Pure Poppy Baker's Twine and then wrap the button garland twice around the tree. Leave the ends of the Baker's Twine long enough to secure in a bow on the backside of the tree.
Cut a flower from Vintage Cream felt using the Bloom Builders #1 die and embellish the center with a Pure Poppy button. Adhere near the top of the tree, slightly off center.
Die cut leaves for the flower using Rustic Cream cardstock and the Layered Postmarks: Holiday die. Stamp the leaves using Limeade Ice and the Layered Postmarks: Holiday stamp set and adhere beneath the flower petals.
Finish by adding buttons, trim, and adhesive pearls.
You must try one for yourself!
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