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Felt Carousel Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Every year my family and I make a new Christmas tree ornament, card or present for both decorating and gifting. This was a recent Christmas project. I have always loved carousel horses and horses in general so this was really enjoyable. It makes a great ornament, package decoration or gift for any horse or carousel enthusiast.

This felt carousel horse Christmas tree ornament is easy to do and fun to decorate. You can make it as complex or simple as you like. The original design for this ornament was drawn by me so feel free to print it out for your use or create your own.

What you'll need to make this ornament

* White Felt - Body of horsr ornament

* Ribbon - for decorating

* Yarn or floss - for the mane and tail

* Polyfil - for stuffing

* Fabric glue - for glueing on ribbon

* Fabric paint for painting on hooves and face

Christmas Tree Showcasing these Carousel Horse Ornaments.

Christmas Tree Showcasing these Carousel Horse Ornaments.

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern

I know it looks a bit puffy here but once you stitch it up it gets a whole lot skinnier.

* Trace Pattern Onto Felt And Cut 2 Patterns

* Sew Together Carousel Horse Ornament

I really like to hand stitch these sorts of things. It's kind of meditative for me. However it would save time with a sewing machine. Be sure to leave the whole top line (neck and back of the horse open.

* Invert The Body Of The Ornament

The legs are kinda narrow so can be a bit tricky. Use a pencil or some other object to push these inside out.

* Cut Lengths Of Floss For Mane & Tail

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Apply floss generously along the neckline and tail.

* Sew Mane And Tail Area.

The mane area will be covered with decorations so no worries to be too neat. The tail area may be exposed but you can also cover it with decorations if you wish. At this point the back of the Carousel Horse Ornament should still be left open.

* Stuff And finish Sewing Shut.

The back area will also be covered with decorations to hide any sewing flaws.

* Apply Ribbon Decorations Using Fabric Glue.

* Glue On Ears

* Paint Face And Hooves

and allow to dry thoroughly.

* Add Floss For Hanging

In this instance I used gold but of course any color would work fine including the white used for the mane and tail.

Supply List

White Felt - The Fabric Of Choice For This Project - I used white but you could use any color that suits you.

The great thing about doing this kind of ornament is that you can literally do anything that you desire. Make them red or purple with gold swirls. Decorate them with beads, ribbons or jewelry. Really the only thing holding you back is your own imagination.

I love this assortment because it gives you plenty of color options without having to buy roll after roll of various colors.

Fabric Glue For Attaching Ears And Ribbons - I love the fine point application tip that allows you to use as much or as little as you need.

Use Sparingly as the glue will soak through the felt fairly easily. But this is my favorite glue for using with fabrics. it's non-staining and holds well.

Fabric Paint For Painting On The Eyes And Facial Features - Though you could paint on all sort of decorations and designs with a wonderful color assortment as t

I pretty much only used basic black fabric paint on my example here, but you could have all sorts of fun with this stuff. This particular type adds dimension as well as color.

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments

A Really Beautiful Book On Carousels

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments

Carousel Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments


My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years in ate art and framing industry both as a business owner and as a working artist.

I maintain a blog called Fur In The Paint, as well as write a regular column for the equestrian magazine Apples 'N Oats about painting horses.

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

anonymous on November 17, 2011:

I love to work with felt and make my own ornaments, thank you for sharing this tutorial and pattern. *Blessed

flowski lm on November 17, 2011:

I still have a couple of handmade felt ornaments my mom made. I cherish them every holiday season. Thanks for sharing this fun DIY craft project.

howtocurecancer on November 03, 2011:

Blessed by a Squid Angel.

WriterJanis2 on November 02, 2011:

Your horse ornament is beautiful.

Indigo Janson from UK on October 25, 2011:

These are such sweet carousel ornaments, and look wonderful on your tree. Thanks for a great tutorial!

pawpaw911 on October 24, 2011:

Hand made ornaments are the best kind.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 20, 2011:

Your horse ornaments are absolutely adorable. I could see a horse decorated simply in ponies and red ribbons and it would be gorgeous. Best wishes.

anonymous on March 03, 2011:

These ponies are really cute, my niece will love making these, she is very crafty and loves horses. I am sending her the link to your page right now.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 20, 2011:

Wow! Fabulous pattern and instructions! I love the little horse! Just beautiful and Most Excellent!

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on January 10, 2011:

Lovely tutorial.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 09, 2011:

These are really attractive ornaments. Nicely explained.

poutine on December 28, 2010:

Very cute craft.

anonymous on December 23, 2010:

These are super cute!

Congrats on being part of the Great Ideas for Christmas Crafts list!

julieannbrady on December 06, 2010:

Well, I have been digging felt to a number of years and personally really dig these!

HorseAndPony LM on November 22, 2010:

I LOVE these! We are going to make a few of these this year. Thanks!!!

puzzlerpaige on November 18, 2010:

Beautiful handmade horse ornaments. I like how the mane and tail stick out a little.

Robin S from USA on November 16, 2010:

Very pretty!

Robin S from USA on November 16, 2010:

Very pretty!

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