This week in children’s crafts, I brought watercolors, paper, glue and whatever flowers I could scavenge on my way to the twin’s house. Pretty much any time of the year you can find flowers in Northern California, but the wildflowers are out now and I felt much better picking those.
This craft succeeded because it had the essential elements: something for mom (who we all love), glue, and real live flowers scattered all over the table.
I set out watercolors and some glue in a paint pot. The children enjoyed mixing watercolors into the glue, and using the flowers as paintbrushes.
Here’s the one I made for my own momma. Happy Mother’s Day!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody! I am dying to get back home to my workshop and make stuff till I fall over. I’ve been gone almost three weeks on our trip to the Midwest/South, and have only visited craft stores four times. That’s good, right?
Since starting a job where I get to make stuff, I soon realized I’d go into withdrawals without something to do with my idle hands. I tend to turn into a terrible TV-watching, M&M-munching dolt when I visit my parent’s house, so I figured I’d kill a few birds with one (felt) stone and buy a few supplies. My mom has been impressed with my felt flowers (from Holidash) in the past, so I got a brush and a 3-needle felting pin to take home with me. My holidays will never be the same– she loved it! We’ve made a pact to craft together via Skype.
She took to the clip method from Infarrantly Creative really well– within ten minutes she’d put together a wonderful flower, then a stem in just a few more! I’m not sure why I’m surprised– that’s the gene pool I come from. Her’s is way better than mine!
I still ate a lot of M&Ms, though.
I aspire to be the kind of person who gives good gifts– things people want, or didn’t know they want. Sometimes, though, I’ll admit I get a little too carried away in my plans and get a little weird. It’s probably terribly wrong to drag my Jewish friends into my craft-mania/Christmas instincts, but EIGHT GIFTS? Eight tiny gifts, in one cute package– love it. I hope this doesn’t make it look like I’m trying to make a Coca-Cola Santa Claus Hanukkah– I just like making things so damn much.
[UPDATE] Guess who made little dino cactus planters and forgot to take pictures of them before I gave them away? The picture of the elephant was before it was washed up and a cute lil succulent was planted. I guess it’s craft karma for using someone else’s idea. What’s the rule on making something you saw someone else make if you don’t sell it? It tugs at my soul.
AAAAAH! We’re leaving in two days for a Midwest holiday (more than two weeks!) and I’m scrambling to get my clothing together, let alone figure out blog stuff. I’ve got post-its all over my computer reminding me to take pictures with my lightbox before I leave it, to wrap the damn gifts, and for some reason all these little ideas of crafty things to do that most sane people don’t have time for. Must. Throw. Away. Post-its.
I entered the Lovely Package Exchange at Oh Hello Friend, and in getting to know my recipient learned about a new felt flower method. This is MUCH less time-consuming than the lovely one I usually use from Holidash. Thank you Janice (of Bellwether Thoughts) for the recommendation, and thank you Infarrantly Creative for coming up with it!
Now, as usual, I substitute needle felting for glue every time. I have no time or love for glue when it comes to fabric projects.
- Felt (sheets or by the yard)
- Felting needle and pad
- needle and thread (I’m sure you could also just felt a piece of felt over the pinback onto the felt felt felt felt)
Look, I made a video! Pretty, pretty. What I don’t show in this video is how to put the flower together once you’ve cut the petals. This is where the original tutorial would run glue along the roll as you’re rolling it. I used a thread and needle and made little stitches, but I think just felting it at an angle as you go along works just fine. Get all that stabby rage out!
Once you’ve got your strip all felted/glue/sewed up, you’ll cut the notches into the folded edge. In all of my photos, I have cut the petals at an angle. Test different patterns in your notching: more notches equal smaller petals, less bigger, and you can try starting small and getting larger.
By the end, the felt almost looked like a solid mass, but if your needle skills aren’t that thorough, consider cutting an circle to fit right over the back and stitch it in place. Stitch the pinback on before you do that! Saves hassle.