DIY Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament

I love homemade ornaments.  I love giving them and I love receiving them.  

Do you need an idea this year for a homemade tree ornament?  Try this easy felt stacked Christmas Tree Ornament.  

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DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments

DIY felt ornaments can be easily crafted by you and your kids to make your holiday festive and cool. And this felt stacked Christmas tree ornament will fit the bill. It is a wonderful way to teach kids basic sewing - needle and thread sewing - while creating something special.   

The method to create this felt Christmas tree ornament is simple.  Felt squares are stacked and sewn together.  Plain or embellished this felt Christmas ornament is perfect for hanging on the tree but also perfect for hanging anywhere. (Embellishment ideas later in this article.)

Gather up the supplies, gather up the kids and have a fun, creative crafting session by making stacked Christmas tree ornaments.  Kids will enjoy giving these ornaments to every friend, relative, and teacher on their list.

For more Christmas crafts projects that the entire family will enjoy, check out our 35+ DIY Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family.

Learn how to make our newest felt ornament, the stacked felt Christmas tree ornament, by watching this video or keep reading this blog for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions.

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how to make stacked felt Christmas tree ornament


  • Felted Wool - Green, Brown and Gold
  • Green Pearl Cotton Thread - 24" long
  • Chenille or Large Eye Needle
  • Scissor
  • Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat (Optional)
  • Felt Glue

Supplies Note:  Felted wool or blended felted wool are a little thicker and studied than plain felt.  I recommend using this fabric when making this ornament.  However, if you want to use plain felt you may want to cut a few more squares of each color to give the ornament the desired height.

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Supplies

felt Christmas tree ornament STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: cutting felt

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Cut SquaresIf you have a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, the cutting of the wool felt will be faster and easier.  However, if you don't have these sewing tools, you can use a scissor.  Just use an ordinary ruler and a marking tool to mark lines on the felt to the needed sizes and cut with a scissor.

From green felted wool cut:
6 - 2" squares
6 - 1 3/4" squares
6 - 1 1/2" squares
6 - 1 1/4" squares
6 - 1" squares
6 - 3/4" squares

From brown felted wool cut:
10 - 3/4" squares

From gold felted wool cut:
2 - 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" rectangles - Glue these two pieces together using felt glue

STEP 2: tree trunk

To begin building the felt Christmas tree ornament, cut a piece of green pearl cotton thread 24" long and thread it through a large-eyed needle.  I recommend the pearl cotton thread because it is a heavier weight,  lustrous thread.  However, you could use six strands of embroidery floss or another type of thread.

Double thread the needle and tie both ends together with a knot.  What is a double-threaded needle?  It is when the thread is put through the eye of the needle, the thread folded in half, the ends are held together and tied in a knot. There is a double strand of thread on the needle.

Then, start making the tree ornament at the tree trunk.  Let's begin with the first brown square and learn how to hide the thread knot.  With the needle and thread, insert the needle into the brown square a little off-center. Stacked Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial - First Square Off Center

Then, turn the square over and insert the needle directly in the center of the square. DIY Felt Ornament Tutorial - First Square Then Through Center

The knot will be hidden when the next brown square is sewn and stacked.

Insert the needle into the center of each of the remaining brown square and stack them evenly forming the tree trunk.


Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Green Square Through CenterOnce the tree trunk is finished, now it is time to add the tree branches.  Have all the squares in stacks according to size.  The branches will be placed from the largest square at the bottom to the smallest square at the top.

Insert the needle into the center of each square and while stacking turn each square a little as it is being added.

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Green Squares Stacked and Rotated

Continue adding all the squares.

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Finished Threading Green Squares

Below is another picture of the tree so far.  Here you can see the tree branches and trunk.

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Shown from Side


The two gold 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" rectangles should be glued together.  If you haven't glue them together yet, this is the time to do it and allow the glue to dry.

After it is dry, with a scissor cut a star shape.

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Add StarTake the star and push the needle between the two layers of felt from the bottom of the star to the top. Position the star on the top of the tree.  You could open the point of the star slightly and add a drop of glue to make sure it doesn't move.  However, I didn't.  It is up to you.

Cut the needle off the thread, leaving enough thread for hanging on the tree and tie the two ends into a knot.

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial - Finished on Tree

There you have it, a super cute handmade felt Christmas tree ornament. It can be kept plain or you could embellish it with beads,  tiny pompoms or sprinkle with frost-like glitter for a snowy effect.  Instead of a star on the top, a bell can be added.

This Christmas tree ornament would be a great addition to a present.  Tape it to the outside would dress up the package and make for a cute additional gift.

And as mentioned before kids can give this felt ornament to friends, relatives and teachers as these extra-special handmade Christmas gifts.

What is your favorite ornament to make?  Do you want a tutorial for an ornament?  We would like to hear from you.  Simply contact us.

Happy Holiday!
Annette & Chris


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