Monday, November 5, 2012

Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

!!! Update: You can now buy your own set of Charlie Brown ornaments from my Etsy shop, RIGHT HERE !!!



This week for the Holiday Craft Bash, I made ornaments just for the kids. My projects so far have mostly been tributes to my favorite Christmas movies- how selfish! Hendrix was obsessed with Charlie Brown Christmas last year. We watched it every day into February, when Hulu finally got rid of it (thank goodness.) But then it was replaced with Charlie Brown Valentine's Day... not quite an instant classic, believe it or not. 

I actually got the idea for this from a set of cookies made to look like ornaments. So naturally, I decided to try the innovative idea of making ornaments that look like the cookies that look like ornaments. Creative genius over here. I added the faces of Charlie, Linus and Lucy to the mix, but I liked her idea of making some to look like their shirts too. 



I'm learning that there is nothing you can't recreate with some felt and a little perle cotton. It's my new favorite combo, essential for holiday crafting especially. 

Here's what you'll need to make your own CB ornament set:
  • Peach felt, white felt, and scraps in black, red, green, yellow, and blue.
  • Black perle cotton
  • Hand stitching needle
  • Water soluble marking tool
  • Pattern sheet- print here




Cut out the felt shapes- from the ornament shape, cut 6 peach, 5 white and one each red yellow and blue. Each ornament will have a front and back main piece, as shown. Cut 7 of the ornament toppers from black, as well as Charlie's shirt stripe, Snoopy's ears, and Lucy's hair. Cut out Linus' hat from green.


Machine stitch the little topper pieces on every front ornament piece, as well as Snoopy's ears, Lucy's hair, Charlie's shirt stripe, and Linus' hat. 


Draw the faces and details on with a water soluble marking tool. Remember if you aren't happy with your drawing the first time, you can blot it out and start over.


I added Linus' hair with machine stitching before starting the embroidery so that it would look extra scraggly. I also did his shirt stripes with a  zig zag stitch on my machine. 

Now embroider the faces and details on each piece using backstitches, french knots for eyes, and a satin stitch for Snoopy's nose and eyes. These are not hard stitches to learn, and you can find great instructions right here


Cut a piece of your perle cotton about 8" long for each ornament. Fold it so the ends are together and glue it to the inside of the back piece. 




After the glue dries, place the fronts and backs together so that the glued string is sandwiched inside. Machine stitch all the way around each one and your ornaments are complete!


Since we definitely don't have a tree up yet, I decided to let the kids have some fun with a little felt tree taped on the wall. Mine is about 25"by 20".


The kids love arranging the ornaments this way, and they will get to hang them on our real tree as well. The wonders of felt. 

If you missed my other Christmas movie-inspired felt projects, check them out:


Now that Halloween is over, I think we are going to start seeing even more great projects in the Holiday Craft Bash flickr pool. Don't forget to add yours!

67 comments:

  1. LOVE THESE! I've shown B all of your projects for this series and he really likes them too (wants me to make everything) - but THESE seem especially doable. Could even be festive Christmas coasters, eh?

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  2. Total creative genius. I might make some cookies that look like your ornaments that look like cookies that look like ornaments. Or does that all cancel itself out? Anyway, I love these and that's the second felt play tree I've seen this week, off to order some green felt.

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  3. So cute and what a great idea.

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  4. LOVE. thank you so darn much for being so clever. i think i might even try doing bunting out of them. cute cute cute

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  5. LOVE. thank you so darn much for being so clever. i think i might even try doing bunting out of them. cute cute cute

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  6. lalala love these! So cute! Your embroidery skills rock.

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  7. These are adorable! You are making such amazing decorations out all my favorite Christmas movies!!

    Let me know if you ever need any felt. I just put a huge order in and will be selling it once we get settled in the new house.

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    1. Where can I find the peach colored felt? Email me at harbin408@att.net

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  8. you are crushing it with all your holiday decorations this year. crushing. it.

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  9. I'm worshiping you and your "crafty genius"
    I've seen those on pinterest too and even pinned them to make them if Lucy & Charlie ever have a Peanuts party (I can dream, can't I?)
    You just took it to the nth of cuteness :)

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  10. Hi, I'm Rosie and I've just found your blog and WOW it is fantastic. I really love it. Your pictures and craft work is amazing. I'll definitely be following with great interest.

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  11. I absolutely love your holiday "aesthetic"! I want to copy all of them!!

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  12. Great ornaments, and great tutorial! We are going to do this this year! Thanks!!!

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  13. Those are so cute! Love 'em!

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  14. I'm seriously in love with these. And totally impressed that you are working on Christmas ornaments. I say I'm going to make some of my own every year and then the holiday craziness starts and we're left with the cheap dollar store ornaments I bought the first year my husband and I were married. Maybe this year?

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  15. can you just make one of these for me? it is so awesome! love it! xoxo

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  16. These are just too cute x) There's something about felt ornaments that is just so vintage. Love it!

    xo
    summer

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  17. Seriously - you're killin' me with this. Barb is right...you're a craft genius. So jealous.

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  18. love this! so super cute, and love it that you've introduced your kids to such a classic:) These will become heirlooms for sure!

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  19. Awww, so fun! I really love these, and they do look like cookies. ;)

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  20. Any chance you have an etsy shop, and have these available? I am not good with stuff like this, it would be a hot mess.

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  21. I'm in love with these! I'm making them today! Thanks!

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  22. beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  23. They are so cute! My favorite is Charlie Brown's shirt for sure! These would be so cute hanging on a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree:)

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  24. any chance you have an etsy store? i would love to buy a couple sets!

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  25. I LOVE this idea!! Already have all my felt and am going to try my hand at Pigpen too!! (He is my favorite!) Question, can I just use clear tacky glue or do I have to sew things together? I dont have access to a sewing machine. :)
    Thanks!
    Carie S., TX.

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  26. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! Pinning it for later!

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  27. So so cute...being a Peanuts fan I just love these. Going to try to papercraft them!

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  28. This is the most awesome thing I've seen in a long time! I am wondering if it's OK that I borrow one of these pictures to an upcoming blog entry? Every month I have a category I call "Awesome..." and soon it's time for "Awesome November". I pick several different artsy/craftsy stuff that's made an impact on me the latest month. I'd love to spread the word about your wonderful christmas ornaments. I always link back to the source and write nice things about the crafter. :)

    Here's a link to previous Awesome-entries:

    http://www.marysane.blogspot.se/search/label/Awesome

    Love, Maria

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  29. OH!!! I love these so much!!!

    {{PS...thank you for the shout-out!}}

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  30. Why won't the pattern print?

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  31. I love these!! Going to try them!!

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  32. such a great idea cherlie brown is a classic in our family, i think the kids and i will make a set for grandpa and uncle

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  33. I am absolutley in love with these! Our tree is almost all Peanuts ornaments to match the Peanuts tree skirt my mom made me years ago. I have to make these! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  34. this would work equally as well with colored foam, some sharpies and perhaps some glided thread for texture

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    1. Great idea. I will try this at our children's church after we watch the movie and talk about the meaning.

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  35. Oh my goodness, I love these! I'm going to make a Charlie Brown right now. And the Bumble stocking...I just love it! I'll have to experiment with these - my favorite Christmas characters are Charlie in the Box and the little elf who wants to be a dentist. :) Thanks for the great ideas and tutorials!!

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  36. Its so nice.. What a cool idea you have shared here..!! Its really amazing. We can easily make it and children will have lots of fun...

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  37. Its really to nice..!! This idea is so unique I loved it. Its so easy to make and Children will enjoy a lot to make this...

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  38. Oh my gosh! I love these! I am Snoopy's biggest fan:) I was just trying to figure out what ornament to attach to my presents as I wrap them this year...so excited to find this. I think I will be making these! Thanks!
    Cassidy Adams
    www.peachesandpearls.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh that's a super cute idea to put them on gifts!

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    2. Thanks! We shall see how it works:)

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  39. How do you draw the pattern on black felt?

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    1. Hi Fern, I don't draw the pattern on the felt, I cut the piece out of freezer paper (or any paper) and cut around it on the felt. Hope that helps!

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  40. Jessica,
    I tried out your pattern and added "a little festiveness" to the Snoopy to jazz up my gift wrapping...if you get a chance-see what you think!
    www.peachesandpearlscassidy.blogspot.com
    Cassidy

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  41. If I don't sew can't I just use craft glue or something?

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  42. Can I glue or something instead of stitching.




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  43. These are precious. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Where can I find peach felt Hobby lobby doesn't carry it? Thanks

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  45. Such lovely faces. Now I have to put something similar on my X-mass tree! It would be great!
    Here I have other ideas how to creat a Christmas atmosphere.
    freelancemommyblog

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  46. i cant find peach felt anywhere..i've checked hancock fabrics, joanns, michaels and ac moore..help! where did you get yours??

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    1. I got mine at my local quilt shop, called Sewn Studio. They sell nice wool blend felt in 12x18 sheets in lots of colors. I don't know if they could send you some in time for christmas, but you could call and check- 513 321 0600. Or try other places with fast shipping, like Amazon or even the supply section of etsy. (Just make sure and ask the seller when they can ship it by.) Or if you have a local fabric shop close to you, call them and see if they happen to have it. Good luck!

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  47. Hi, Thanks very much for sharing this tutorial. I've featured it in my Top 10 list of Decorations for Kids. Hope you can stop by
    http://andwhosaysyoucant.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/top-10-awesome-decorations-for-kids.html

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  48. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

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  49. These are adorable and so much fun. Too bad google docs keeps giving me an error message when I try to download the patterns. :(

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  50. Thank you for posting the Charlie Brown ornament tutorial. I am planning to make myself a set in a few days. I'm excited that I found a Peanuts craft that will only cost a few dollars to make and still look cute!

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  51. So cute ornaments.. i like it...

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  52. I love these! I have to make these! But I can't print the pattern on Google. Any suggestions?

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  53. I really want to make these but I can't print the pattern. Help?

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  54. I did a Peanuts themed tree this year, and was happy to stumble upon your tutorial. They came out so cute! Thanks for sharing your ideas! http://thefeltmouse.blogspot.com/2013/12/its-another-themed-tree-charlie-brown.html

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