Most of my Christmas decorations are colourful and a bit Boho. Occasionally I do like to have a few simple ornaments like with this Scandi felt Christmas craft.
Last year I made some handmade monochrome felt Christmas ornaments from an old sweater. I still had some scraps leftover from this craft and used it to make these felt Christmas trees to compliment them.
Instead of making a felt Christmas craft to hang from the tree, I’ve made a cute Scandi felt forest that can sit on the mantle.
This Scandi Christmas forest decoration cost almost nothing to make. As well as the sweater scraps, I used a wood slice as a base. I still had some wood slices leftover from the stash I cheekily acquired from a Ryobi conference I attended early on in the year.
Even though the trees are embroidered no specialist needlework skills are needed. The stitches are so simple, it is just like doodling with black cotton thread.
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What You Need To Make Scandi Felt Forest
- Cream felt scraps – I used felted wool from an old cream sweater. If you don’t have one, craft felt will do.
- Wood slice – A large wood slice for the base (about 15 cm in diameter)
- Cream/white paint
- Gorilla contact adhesive
- Black thread and needle
- Christmas tree cookie cutter
How To Make A Scandi Felt Christmas Craft
1. First, place the Christmas tree cookie cutter onto the felt and draw around it and then cut out the shape. You will need eight felt Christmas tree shapes 2 for each of the four Scandi felt trees.
If you don’t have a Christmas cookie cutter then you can just draw out a tree shape using one of the Christmas tree templates below.
2. Next, what makes this felt Christmas craft cute and gives it the Scandi feel is the simple embroidery on the trees. You can use the patterns below as a guide for the embroidery.
The embroidery is very simple, start by stitching a simple running stitch border around the tree shape.
Then, stitch one of the patterns from the guide on to the felt Christmas tree. Only stitch on one piece of felt for each tree, the back will be plain.
3. Next, once all the embroidery is finished the felt Christmas trees can be assembled. Using contact adhesive glue an embroidered felt tree to a plain back sandwiching a twig trunk in the middle.
4. Next, prepare the wood slice base. First, paint it creamy-white with a small border.
Get a drill with a drill bit that is approximately the same size as the twig tree trunks. Then, drill four holes in the wood slice base. One for each tree.
Make sure the placing of the holes is staggered.
5. Finally, finish off the Scandinavian felt Christmas craft by gluing a tree into each hole.
I love this cute mini Scandinavian mini-forest decoration. It will be staying on the mantle all winter and not just for Christmas.
I also like how my mini forest decoration looks on the wood slice shelves I made earlier on in the year.
There are many more DIY Scandinavian decoration ideas here. I’ve even made Valentine’s version of this craft with my Scandi embroidered hearts decoration.
I use the same Christmas tree cookie cutter to make a Scottish forest of tartan trees.
Wood slices are fun to use for whimsical displays like with these trees. You should check out my vintage fabric mushrooms wood slice display that is even more whimsical.
2 hours 30 minutes
- Felt scraps
- Wood Slice
- Needle and Thread
- Using a template or Christmas cookie cutter cut out 8 felt Christmas trees
- Embroider four of the trees with a simple black and white pattern (free pattern)
- Glue an embroidered tree to a back with a twig trunk
- Paint the wood slice
- Drill four holes into the wood slice
- Glue the trees into the drilled holes
Like many of the crafts and DIY’s on this site, this Scandinavian Christmas decoration was made from the things I had around me. You might want to check out some of my other upcycled felt Christmas crafts and those that use wood slices.
- Sweater Upcycled Ornaments
- Felt Christmas Tree Made From Sweaters
- A Christmas Pudding Wood Slice Ornament
- Fun Frida Kahlo Christmas Ornament
- Upcycled Felt Garland
- Felt Tassels From Old Sweaters
For more Christmas sewing ideas visit allfreesewing.com