The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
Christmas time is filled with giving and a lot of family gatherings. Our family loves to find simple little ways to show love to one another during the holidays. This year we have created homemade No-Sew Christmas chair backers that we will hang on the back of the kitchen or dining room table chairs. Each day during December we will do little Christ-like acts of service for one another and leave special notes, treats, or gifts in the chair backers.
Last year we created paper turkey chair backers for Thanksgiving. This year I wanted to make our chair backers more durable, so we used felt instead of paper. I made the backer base using felt and hot glue and then my kids decorated them! We kept ours very simple, but you could easily add a lot more embellishment and even monogram yours to make them more personalized.
- 2 sheets of stiff red felt (or any color you want to use)
- 1 sheet of regular red felt
- 1 sheet of green felt
- fabric scissors
- varying sizes of bowls and a light crayon
- hot glue gun
- tacky glue
- sequins and other embellishments
Directions for Making a Felt Wreath:
1. Trace a large bowl using a light colored crayon to make your wreath template.
2. Trace a smaller bowl inside the larger bowl.
3. Cut out the wreath.
4. Gather your materials- we used tacky glue, sequins, and ribbon.
5. Add glue dots all over your wreath and decorate with sequins and other embellishments.
6. Let dry and then add a ribbon.
While my kids were hard at work decorating their wreathes, I quickly put together the base for the no-sew chair backer using some felt and my hot glue gun. If you use a low heat glue gun, you could include responsible kids in this portion of the project. Since my kids are 4 and almost 2, I didn’t let them handle the glue gun.
Directions for Making No-Sew Chair Backer Base:
1. Cut our your felt pieces. You will need two stiff 8×10 red sheets of felt, 2 regular rectangular 3×8 pieces of felt (with a little arch cut in them on one end), and one long rectangular 3×10 piece of felt.
2 Glue one 3×8 piece to the shorter side of the 8×10 sheet.
3. Let it cool off.
4. Fold it towards you and score a bit to help it make a sharp crease.
5. Glue the 3×8 piece to the other 8×10 sheet.
6. Fold to help form straight edges. Repeat the same steps on the other side.
7. Glue the long 3×10 piece to the bottom of the 8×10 sheets to create the bottom of the chair backer pocket.
8. Glue and pinch the corner edges together until they have cooled. This will keep items from falling through the chair backer.
9. Snip some slits in the back of the chair backer so that you can slide thick ribbon through it and tie it onto a chair.
I loved how open-ended and kid friendly this project was. I also loved how easy it was to make the chair backer bases with hot glue. Instead of creating a wreath you could do a Christmas tree, snowman, or even make your own Christmas scene out of felt. I would love to see the ideas that you come up with, so please share them with me!
What are some simple ways that you show love to family and friends at Christmas time? What would you sneak in your child’s Christmas chair backer?
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|Kristina Buskirk is a mom of 3 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does.|