Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The addition of twin grandchildren to our family in April has been a real blessing. As Christmas approaches, I was looking for something to make for the little "elves." My daughter-in-law sent me a picture of a felt Christmas tree with felt ornaments- the perfect manipulative for little hands!
I wanted to stuff my tree so that it would be soft, like a big cone shaped pillow. I decided on a size:
22" high with an 18" base. The hard part for this math challenged girl was figuring out how to make the pattern for the cone shape. With the help of my husband and the internet, we found a formula that worked perfectly. I am going to give you the measurements and instructions for the size that I made but if you want to alter the size, you can check out the formula that I used from Math Central HERE. I have to admit that my eyes glazed over when I saw these calculations but if you take it step by step, it does work! Here's the proof:
I made the cone pattern on craft paper because I wanted it to be sturdy enough to make the drawing.
The pattern is going to look like this: