Sunday, November 29, 2009

Kids Craft Project - Beaded Felt Lollipop Holiday Tree Ornaments

When it comes to making holiday crafts with children, one of my favorite crafting materials to use is felt. These felt lollipop holiday tree ornaments are easy to make, take only a few basic craft supplies and work up quickly.

Since there is some hand sewing and beading with this project, I recommend ages 7 and up with some adult supervision.

Supplies Needed

Felt (red, white and green)
Multi-Colored Seed Beads
White Sewing Thread and Sewing Needle
4" long by 1/8" diameter Wooden Dowel Sticks
All-Purpose Craft Glue
6" Piece Satin 1/4" Wide Ribbon

Pattern: Cut out a 4" diameter circle from paper. (We used the bottom of a drinking glass to get our circle.

Step 1: Trace your pattern onto white felt. You will need two white circles per lollipop. Trace your pattern onto red or green felt and cut out. Now using that colored felt, cut swirls into the felt (see photo for example).

Step 2: Lay your swirl colored felt design on top of one white felt circle. Using a sewing needle and white thread, randomly hand sew on colored seed beads to represent lollipop sprinkles. (make sure you knot your thread on the reverse side of the felt).

Note: As you are hand sewing on the seed beads, you are also attaching the swirl felt piece to the top of the white round circle. If desired, you can decorate both white felt pieces with colored felt swirls and seed beads.

Step 3: Using some craft glue (just a little bit), glue the wooden dowel to the other white felt circle leaving 3" hang past the circle. This will serve as your lollipop stick. Let this dry for a few minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Place the two white felt circles together (like a sandwich). Using white thread and a sewing needle, whip stitch around the edges of both white felt circles. (you are attaching the front piece to the back piece).

Step 5: Cut off a 10" piece of white thread and double it. Thread it through the top of your ornament and tie into a knot. Take a piece of satin ribbon and tie a bow around the handle of your lollipop. You can now hang your ornament on a holiday tree.

This article, craft project and photographs are copyright 2009 by Shelly Hill, All Rights Reserved.

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