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Felt Animal Ornaments

Colorful ornaments stand out against the dense branches of a Nordmann fir. A vintage fence and a mound of fake snow provide the base.





  1. Step 1

    Print templates. (You can reduce or enlarge the templates to fit your tree. We enlarged the templates at 200 percent and 225 percent.) Cut out two versions of each template, one following the outline and the other omitting the black details (use fine-tip scissors for the interior cutouts).

  2. Step 2

    On top of light-colored felt, such as cream or eggshell, pin the outline template, and trace it with a disappearing-ink pen. Remove template, and cut out. On a colored piece of felt, pin and trace the detailed template twice. Cut out: Use fine-tip scissors for interior cutouts and a Japanese hole punch to create the eyes and the hole for hanging.

  3. Step 3

     Hang from a length of silver thread, knotting at top. 

  4. Step 4

    Hang from a length of silver thread, knotting at top.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2007



Reviews (8)

  • Itvod 28 Nov, 2013

    If you have an iMac you can take a screen shot of the templates( google this or I think you press command+shift+3 all at once and the image turns up on your desktop or use the finder to locate it), however you will need a design software to crop the screen shot. You could try importing the image into an image box in Word or Pages, etc. I used Photoshop, cropped it, printed and it came out nicely.

  • user0330 8 Dec, 2011

    These are super sweet, but they are TIME CONSUMING! If you are big into crafts, I would definitely recommend the Japanese screw punch ($25 or so) since it cuts out holes so cleanly. The punch tool usually comes with different bits, so you can create different sized holes. I used the craft felt from Magic Cabin, and it was of a nice quality.

  • Franghurst 28 Nov, 2011

    Too bad the template links aren't working this year.

  • brandybieb 27 Nov, 2011

    I think to use ordinary cookie cutter animals would be good. I have no idea what a Japanese [filtered word] punch is..used a regular small [filtered word] punch, and actually liked the idea of using yarn to make a loop to use as a hanger and forget about the [filtered word] punch idea. I placed a little "fluff" in the middle and they look great.

  • arps26 5 Dec, 2008

    Oh yeah-dancingmonkey- a tip for the [filtered word] punch would be to using a larger needle, thread a yarn through it and actually sew in the yarn as your hanger. As for the cutting, I used regular scissors and it was fine. you can also use fabric scissors. Also, use felt from your regular craft store. I hope this helps-best of luck!!
    some of my creations are at

  • arps26 5 Dec, 2008

    My very favorite item! I made a variation of these ornaments. I recently made an adorable puffy penguin. What I have done is add filler in between the top layer and the 2nd layer as well as in between the two main layers. It's a great 3D effect!

  • CeeCeeB 5 Dec, 2007

    We've made them. Much work. We have a leather punch that did a nice job on the holes and embroidery scissors for the fine work.

  • dancingmonkey 28 Nov, 2007

    Has anyone tried these? Any tips? I did a trial tonight - Don't know if it's my scissors, but it didn't turn out so well. I dont have a Japanese [filtered word] punch and looked on line for one but they are a little pricey - any tips would be greatly appreciated....