Okay so this year I decided to take on the task of creating a wall-hanging tree with felt ornaments. I've seen these on Pinterest but actually derived the idea from one we had growing up - it hung on the wall and there were lots of ornaments and as we did good deeds during advent, you'd get to put an ornament on the tree. Eventually we would each sort of adopt a particular ornament type and claim it and it evolved into a bit of a competition over who could do the most good deeds and have the most of their ornament on the tree.
Anyway, fast forward 25 years and I wanted something like this for some of my nieces and nephews but I know their parents are unlikely to really encourage it the way I'd like so I thought to do it for my younger nieces and nephews who are too young to do it that way right now anyway. I have five older nieces and nephews (ages 7-13) and then another 5 that are all under 3 (and a 6th who may be here before Christmas even comes!) and they're all in different households (three are biological and 2 are my best friends who are totally family), so I needed 5 sets.
Plus, if we're being really honest right now, I'm thinking of doing ornaments for everyone for next Christmas and I'd really rather the little ones have something to distract them and thus hopefully my gifts will remain in tact a little longer
And here they are all together...
I took more detailed pictures of the different types of ornaments but I won't bore you with all of them now. But the types were:
- Round monogrammed initial
- Teardrop retro-style glass
- Candy cane
- Gingerbread person
9- snitches (Christmas isn't Christmas without a touch of Harry Potter, right?!)
The trees are green fleece and all of the ornaments are felt. Everything is stuffed except the holly and the candy canes (well one was but I didn't like it). I decided to go ahead and use velcro on the backs of the ornaments - all black so it gives the kids extra learning to match the black-to-black velcro pieces.
This was my first time to attempt any embroidery and it's all exceptionally novice but I'm okay with that. I learned a lot and I can tell a huge difference between my early stuff and my later pieces.
Here's what they will look like (only the tree will be hung on the wall)
FYI - If I were to start all over, I would do a few things differently - namely, stick with one or two basic shapes (like the round) - these sewed up SO much faster than the other nonsense. Secondly, skip the metallic embroidery thread unless you're more practiced with it - loved the effect, passionately hated the work.