Dreaming of a "Felty" Christmas


I’m not sure if felty is a word, but let’s go with it. As I get my gift shoppe in order for the upcoming holidays, it’s hard not to think about what I will be doing in my own space for Christmas this year. Last year I had thoughts of redoing my Christmas tree. Yes, I am one of those people who has a themed tree. Ever since my first apartment in Philadelphia after college, I‘ve had the same tree with the same theme and mostly the same ornaments. I’ve added a few things here and there over the years, but it’s basically been the same. Well, I think I’m ready for a change. My current tree has a glittery, jewel-toned, elegant look. As much as I love it, I’m ready for something a little more fun and modern. Today I was working on a post for another blog (more on that later) and inspiration struck! Felt! 

I was searching around Etsy and found thousands, yes thousands, of felt ornaments and garlands. I was inspired. Could this be the direction I want to take my next tree? Now, keep in mind I’m not talking about the weird fake felt from Walmart. I mean the really nice wool felt. I hope you know what I mean because I’m clearly not describing it properly. Anyway, the more I searched, the more I really liked the idea. 

The only hard part about changing Christmas tree themes is that it can be either really expensive. really time consuming, or both. If I had five extra hours each day. I would just make a boatload of ornaments. Unfortunately, I don’t have lots of spare time right now. I could also start out slowly and build my collection over the years,buying a few things at time. However, with me it’s all or nothing. No matter how much I try to restrain myself, I will most likely end up going overboard and have the tree completed this year. Decisions. Decisions.

Anyway, I created a little round up of some of my favorite ornaments and garlands that I found on Etsy. Maybe this will help you visualize what I have in mind. 

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I also need to point out the fabulous Christmas tree and ornaments that my dear blogger friend Rachel of Funnelcloud made last year. Yes, she made every freakin’ ornament on her tree. There is even asparagus on it! How cute is that!? I remember loving her tree last year. I love it just as much now as I did then. 

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via Funnelcloud 

Basically I want a fun, happy, colorful tree. Yes, my tree the past seven years has been gorgeous, but I think it’s time for a change. 

What do you think of a felt-inspired tree? Do you have a themed tree? Do you ever get tired of it? What does your Christmas tree look like? Any advice would be appreciated!

Oh, and Happy Halloween! Sorry, I’ve got christmas on the brain. 

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  • Chris at

    Oh…..too cute! How about gathering all your photos and makings and making them for next year. You’d have more than one full tree the way you produce :-). My sister and I are working on one ornament per quarter year times 6. Between us we have 6 grandchildren and when they each have their first tree away from home there will be a large Christmas hatbox full of home made treasures.

  • Ali Richardson at

    Pretty!!! I love the colorful and happy felt theme. Can’t wait to see what you do. Last year I went all yarn pom pom crazy and covered my tree in them and made a wreath and some garlands. I can’t wait to tweak it a bit and bust it out this year 🙂

  • Sumertime at

    Yay!! Love felt! The possibilities are endless… and I think felt (or anything homemade…) creates a child-like wonder to your tree… ahhh… thanks for getting the creative juices going!! Land of Nod has some GORGEOUS items out right now, too… Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Anne at

    This would be such a fun and happy tree. I love the items you picked out and really appreciated how easy it was to go right to the links. Thanks for sharing!

  • Luisa at

    Saw the post title and I thought seriously felt ornaments isn’t today Halloween. Then I saw the ornaments to cute they are tugging at my crafty heart 🙂

    I was thinking one year I’d like to decorate my tree with those clear glass/plastic ball ornaments and fill them with them with buttons, pearls or some neat little treasures. Someday.

  • Jerusalem Greer at

    I adore felt ornaments, especially old vintage ones with the crumbly glitter.

  • { L } at

    I bought those felted ornaments (number 4 I think) last year for stocking stuffers and they were adorable. Cute ideas!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    I love this idea! Are you planning to make some and buy some? It’s going to be great. I think a felt-ball garland would be super cute, too. I bought felt balls from Etsy last year for my kitchen tree and they turned out so cute.

  • cherished bliss at

    I love the idea! I am having handmade tree this year, God willing : ) I am starting next week…. my goal is to make a different kind of ornament each week until it’s time to decorate, I am SO having popcorn strands too… I have always wanted them (since I was a little kid) well this year I am!! I usually go for a pretty tree… this year with the kids, it will be fun! I also have a fun idea for an ornament/advent eeeek. Can’t wait to finish that!

    Can’t wait to see what you do!!

  • Debbe at

    I LOVE your blog….and I love those felted ornaments…not sure if this is o.k. to do, but if you are interested in some lovely up-cycled felted sweater pumpkins to grace your Thanksgiving table, please check out my Etsy Shop…”My Sweet Front Porch”, lots more pumpkins being posted on Friday…I am having a blast making them…hope to stay at your B&B one day!!

  • Ayca HOSER at

    Wonderful post! I love felt 🙂 Thank you so much for your support my handmade work…I’m so happy to be in this gorgeous dreaming…

    I’ll offer Inspired by Charms readers 10% discount from my little shop with this coupon code : INSPIREDBYCHARMS mid of November…


  • Marlis at

    I keep thinking I would love a “theme” tree and then I see my DIL’s and I think no.. not for me. I like the tradition of the old ornaments. They are so warm and welcoming.. But for side trees, well I have one with Sewing items, one with kitchen items.. I do love the happiness and warmth the felt ornaments bring to a room. I think they are gorgeous and can’t wait to see your tree.

  • Amy at

    I have one tree that I say is inspired by a cozy wood cabin, and one that has all of our “fun” ornaments – the Hallmark ones that my mom gave me every year and that I now give to my son. Sometimes I think I want to change the cozy tree, but then I see all the tree displays in stores, and that’s still the type I gravitate towards. However, this year, I am making a few felt garlands to add to our “fun” tree. I want my son (he’s 4) to have a tree that is bright and colorful and that he feels is his. Love the ornaments you posted. Thank you for sharing! Now that Halloween is over, Christmas is on my brain too!

  • FishesMakeWishes at

    so happy and honored to be included in your “felty” ornaments collection!!
    I have used one color ornaments in the past but I have to say my favorite tree was the one we decorated with recycled balls. We decoupaged them with paper then painted them and it made the tree look really homy 🙂
    thank you again for including our ornaments,

  • Denise Sabia at

    I love this idea. especially the felted garland.

  • Heather H at

    I love the felt idea. A few years ago I made my main tree candy themed AND white. It was a huge departure from my more traditional trees and so much fun!

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