Easy Needle Felting in Cookie Cutters

Hello friends! We are on a little felting kick here at our home. In my opinion an easy way to needle felt any shape is to do it on a metal cookie cutter! Especially when starting out.

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Aren’t they cute? All these beauties need are a bit of lovely thread and we have new ornaments for our tree, and for gift giving! They make cute embellishments for your wooly items, you just felt the completed shape onto your scarf, hat, sweater, purse etc. They are also beautiful scattered on a holiday table.

Tools For the Trade:
1. Wool Roving
2. Needle Felting Needles
3. Foam Block
4. Metal Cookie Cutter

WOOLPETS on Etsy is very reliable, I have bought and used their products, and have given them as gifts. If you live in the Oak Park, Il. area, they carry a variety of Woolpet’s felting supplies at Geppettos Toy Box. You can easily find supplies online, even Joann carries them. Here in Illinois there is a lovely Fiber Haven called Esther’s Place Fibers in Big Rock, Illinois, about an hour drive from Chicago. They have their own sheep and teach a variety of Fiber Art classes there. The supplies they carry are of fantastic quality and much more affordable for me personally, AND they have a ramp! So it is accessible! Woo Hoo! Love them!

If you are new to felting, my last post provided a link to a Google list of You Tube videos for felting. I will be starting a You Tube Channel in the New Year, so stay tuned! But for now HERE is a link to a You Tube demo on felting in cookie cutters. I hope you enjoy the process, feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Felting!

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Needle Felted/Wet Felted Acorns and a Dollar store alternative!

Hello Friends! If you are reading in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving! If you are a friend from afar then Happy Day to you! May your day be full of joy and gratitude!

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To celebrate our teachers and show them our gratitude this Thanksgiving, we made them each cards from the previous post and these Felted Acorn Necklaces. I used to Needle Felt and Wet Felt years ago and motherhood brought me back to the old art form to teach and pass on to Penelope. Aren’t they so cute?

Acorns fall from the trees here in the Midwest during the Autumn months and you can find the caps scattered about. Penelope had quite a collection, as it is super fun for her to find them and save. They are easily available for purchase online if you don’t have them where you live. I’ll have links below.

FELTING: In in order to speed up the wet felting process for Penelope who is 6, I Needle Felt the roving to firm it up a little, before giving it to her to wet felt into shape. This way she can play with the water and soap suds and not get tired of the process. Like most of the Fiber Arts, the process of felting can take quite a bit of time.

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Everyone has their own technique. I do Needle Felting first, then Wet Felt afterwards. Click HERE for a Google search listing of You Tube felting videos.

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One of the Orange balls is a Dollar Store pom pom ball, you may use that instead, they are just as cute!

ALTERNATIVES:  If you do not felt, no problem! You may purchase colorful felted balls online (HERE is a Google list) along with the acorn caps HERE. OR go to your local Dollar Store or Craft shop and buy a pack of colorful pom pom balls instead!

FINAL TOUCHES: Glue the ball to your acorn cap using a hot glue gun or tacky glue and voila, done! But wait, there’s more! If you want to add thread to make an ornament for your tree, a lovely napkin tie, or a beautiful necklace, you will need a drill, I used a 1/16 drill bit as our caps were tiny. Make 2 holes, one on each side of the center of your Acorn Cap and thread your string through before gluing. We made napkin ties for the table setting, necklaces, and ornaments for hanging, I am going to hang one off the rear view mirror of my car! Woo hoo! Happy Crafting and Connecting. I am so grateful to each and every one of you dear readers!

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#3 Easy Halloween craft Paper plate tissue paper ghost

Alright folks, here we are with #3 of our Easy Halloween craft for kids! Paper plate tissue paper ghosts. I mean is there anything a paper plate can’t do? It is a dream object for crafting that can turn into anything your little heart desires. But let’s take it easy and not go crazy with imagination, because today our paper plate will turn into a ghost head. Let’s get to it Halloween is near!

Tools For the Trade:

1. Paper plate- white preferred but you can basically use any round object, cardstock, yogurt lid, cut out a circle from a cracker box, upcycle an old CD whatever you may have on hand

2. Xacto knife or scissors

3. Glue stick

4. Tissue Paper- we used one sheet

5. Colored paper scraps for the face- we used black

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Cut out the center of your paper plate. As you can see, ours is not white but the back of the plate is, so that’s fine. Save (hoard) the external part for a future craft.

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Slather glue all over the front of your circle and smooth the top part of your tissue paper sheet around it. Secure the corners with glue on the backside as well.

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Cut out some spooky shapes for your ghost face and chop off some of the bottom to make it look ghost like. We taped string to the back and hung it on our window. Isn’t it just adorable? Perfect for the little ones. Happy Crafting!

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Card Making for Gift Giving

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Hello there! We hand made cards with some items attached, to give as gifts. I thought they were lovely and wanted share them with you all. So, here we go with Card Making! Also known as, Pretty Up Some Paper! Because that is basically all you are doing, just adding things to a sheet of paper. How easy is that you ask? Very!

The gifts are pictured in the photo above 1. A mini pin of cats hugging (Too cute!) You may purchase here from Etsy and 2. Some handmade seeded paper we made for planting. (Yay for gardening!) In this post we will cover the “Cats on a Card”. Ha! I love that title.

The beckoning, good fortune cat image, is actually a stack of sticky notes I purchased in Little Tokyo when we lived in Los Angeles. I mean come on! Why use a plain yellow Post It when you could leave notes on a Fortune Kitty!

I began by gluing down 1 sheet of the sticky note onto a piece of Lavender Cardstock and smoothing the wrinkles out with a bone folder. If you do not have a bone folder you may use a blunt knife or the edge of a credit card.

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Once my cat was dry, I needed to adhere our gift, the lovely pin! I poked 2 holes into my card stock with an awl and threaded some embroidery floss through the holes to tie onto the pinback.

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Once the pin was tied, we began to play with little bits of Washi tape and paper scraps until we decided on these gold leftover bits from our St. Patrick’s Day Gold Coin Paper Garland craft, and a strip of Washi Tape along the bottom. Penelope wanted it to look like the cat was jumping in nature, and in the final image it does.

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Pictured below are both cards, all dolled up with our little gifts! Doesn’t it make receiving a pin all the more special when on a handmade card? It’s a frame worthy little piece of art to hang on the wall now. And most importantly it was made with love, and giggles and oh so much fun!

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I hope this post inspires you to go through your magazines, catalogs, paper bits and just play with images and scraps that please you. Paper, string, tape, glue! Hooray! The possibilities are endless!

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Paint Some Pots!

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Mine looks so boring in comparison to Penelope's masterpiece!

Hello! I hope summer has been lovely for you all so far. My daughter has been out of school for almost a month now, and it feels like time is just flying by!

We made a variety of painted pots for our growing indoor garden, and I wanted to share this How-to. Especially because, it is my first time doing it this particular way. I have been painting on pots since high school and normally I would use a Multi Purpose Acrylic Paint, let dry completely, and then bake the pot in an oven to seal it. However, now that I no longer have a home of my own, I also do not have an oven! I needed to find a way to seal the pots, paint them, and seal them again without an oven, and I didn’t want to ask for help, so this is what I came up with, and it has been great! No seepage, no flaking paint, just lovely perfection. Woo hoo!

Tools For The Trade:

1. Terra Cotta Planters and Saucers- I got ours from Lowe’s

2. Multi Purpose Acrylic Paint- There are so many brands out there. I got ours from Michaels

3. Paint brushes

4. Design Masters Pottery Sealer

5. Newspaper for Spraying Pots

6. Jar with water for cleaning brushes

7. Prang Metallic Bullet Tip Marker- I used this for finishing my rough edges.

The How To:

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1. Start out by placing the pots on newspaper outdoors.

2.  Spray even layers of the Design Master Pottery Sealer on all of your pots and saucers, both inside and out. Be sure to use long sweeping motions, to avoid an uneven application.

3. Wait for the pots to completely dry, then give them a second coat if you wish. Do this outside! The is sealer is stinky. I let the pots dry outdoors over night and then gathered our painting supplies.

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4. Using Craft Smart Multi Purpose Acrylic Paint and a variety of brushes, I came up with a geometric design. I originally used tape on my pot as a stencil, and was painting cautiously around it. But, after failing at that, I scrapped the tape and just freehand painted my triangles. That worked even better for me and I was all happy and free to make my own natural lines.

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5. Because I wanted to clean up my edges, I took a piece of Cardstock and my Prang Gold Marker and drew straight lines between the pink and blues using the cardstock as a flexible straight edge. The marker was a random item to use, but I had it from making my wedding invitations seven years ago and they still worked! Problem solved!

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6. Once the paint was completely dry, I took them back outdoors on to some newspaper, and sprayed them with sealer once again. I let them dry at least 24 hours before I filled them with new plants. And there you have it! A fun craft to do with your child that will add color and charm to your indoor garden. Enjoy!

Some notes: You do not have to use the Multi Surface Craft Acrylic Paint. We used inexpensive craft acrylic paint by Craftsmart on some of our pots and after sealing they are doing just fine. I have a variety of brands and honestly they all work just fine.

If you prefer the oven method to avoid spraying sealer. You may place your painted pots in a COLD oven and bake them at 350F for 30 minutes, leave them in the oven until cool to touch. This process can take several hours, but it works well. You may do this to cure acrylic paint onto glass as well. Check with your specific paint before you try. There should be directions on the bottle or company website.

Layering colors: When using multiple layers of colors be sure each layer dries completely before adding more. For Penelope’s pot she painted the base yellow first, then went in and did details the next day. I used 2-3 coats of paint for my triangles because I did not uses a primer and I wanted the colors to be opaque.

Have fun!

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