Felt Christmas ornaments are a great craft to do with your kids – or on your own – to prepare for the holiday.

Not only are they durable and easy to handle; when Christmas is over, felt ornaments also take up very little space and hardly any packing materials to store them.

The key to making felt Christmas tree ornaments is, as with other felt wall Christmas trees tracking down good patterns to trace. You’ll also need polyester fiberfill to stuff them and a basic sewing kit so you can stitch the two halves together.

Felt Christmas ornaments kits are a good all-in-one option for first-timers, as they include a variety of patterns, embellishments, and easy-to-follow instructions. However, if you go with a kit, you are limited to the number of patterns and decor. As an alternative, there are many inexpensive and free patterns available online that you can print and use at home.

Here are a few unique DIY felt Christmas ornament patterns (with tutorials) from around the web that we can’t wait to make this season.

This adorable owl ornament from Juicy Bits is an adorable ornament or stuffed toy that you’ll want to keep displayed year-round. The pattern is free to download and comes with a simple tutorial on how to put it together. It would be fun to include on an entire animal-themed tree.

We love that this half-eaten gingerbread man brings a little sense of humor to your Christmas decor. The free download includes a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the cute eyes and buttons down his tummy. This would also make a cute gift.

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This mistletoe tutorial from Stay-at-Home Artist would be cute for both your tree and to hang over a doorway. The site includes a high-res image, so you can adapt the design to the size you want, as well as an illustrated How-To for recreating this at home.

This Woodland Fox pattern by sosaecaetano on Etsy isn’t free, but the instant-download PDF pattern comes with a materials list, step-by-step instructions featuring original illustrations, and full-size pattern templates which you can download and print on your own. While you’re there, check out the other ornaments on her Etsy store -- we’re swooning over the candy corn and pumpkin spice latte for fall.

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These Santa, reindeer, and other quintessential Christmas patterns aren’t as detailed as the others, but they are free and are extremely intuitive to follow on your own (no instructions required). Some might even find the more bare-bones pattern to be a good thing, as it leaves room for a little creativity.

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