I love Pinterest for the springboard it often provides for an idea. I saw this felt tree and LOVED it. Simple. Colorful. AND… it will engage the kids for a while if the felt boards at our local library are any indication. As much as I loved the concept of this Pinterest version, I didn’t love that it would have to be mounted to a wall… I wanted something a little more compact and portable.
These precut 2 x 4 boards at Home Depot are my favorite. They’re thin and light… relatively smooth… and cheap. I had them cut this one into pieces at Home Depot. I also made the mistake of walking to the checkout counter via the paint aisle. Where I noticed this: TINTABLE CHALKBOARD PAINT. I mean, seriously?! How amazing is that!!! The colors are limited, but still… that’s some serious craft potential right there.
I chose the Deep Teal and gave one side of two boards a couple of coats. Now for the fun with felt portion of this program! I covered one side with white felt and the other side with green felt. I used wood glue but made sure it was spread thin with a piece of cardboard. This base felt is the only one that gets glued so you want it to be nice and secure.
When the glue was dry, I used these baby hinges to attach them. I was worried the screws would go through the boards, so I pinched a couple of pieces of felt under the hinges to give them a little height.
Then I reached to my felt scrap pile and started cutting out fun shapes… For the holidays I cut out a large tree and a bunch of ornaments and presents and a snowman with all sorts of fun accessories. (I figure I can always use the same white and green background but making other seasonal shapes throughout the year!)
To wrangle all the felt scraps I made a pocket out of some fabric from my stash.
The folding boards are pretty big, but I wanted a way to keep them together, so I sewed a strip from the same fabric and used velcro on one end and glue on the other.
I showed Oliver after school and he loved decorating the tree… he made a few suggestions for some felt additions, and drew a picture of the two of us on the chalkboard. I’m the one without arms…
I love how this folds up nice and compact and can be tucked away and yet there’s lots of space for the kids to create. The tintable chalkboard paint is a game changed for me… you’ll be seeing that again. All three of the kids love to layer the felt and decorate their tree and their snowman! #WednesdayPlayday
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