Monday, November 01, 2010

i felt like it

I love wool. Truly I do. It's one of those things that is so versatile that it belongs in every craft room.  Raw wool is known as roving and can be made into any shape the heart desires.  Felt comes in every color you can imagine.  It can be thick enough to use for making coats and hats and thin enough to make bookmarks.  Wool yarn makes the warmest sweaters and afghans, not to mention uber fluffy pom poms.

This holiday craft  idea was inspired by wool and it's many uses.  These Thanksgiving napkin rings double as wrist corsages.

Here's the how to:

Supplies needed:
snap setter
hot glue

All supplies can be found at a craft store. You may have to hunt a little harder for roving but you can always find that online as well.  I happen to know of an oak tree where I collect my acorns but you can probably find them at a craft store as well.

Step one:
Cut your felt into 2 X 10" strips. I used thinner felt for this project and layered it with a contrasting color.  You can use pinking shears or hand cut a decorative edge. If you are using more than one color,  glue the pieces together.

Step two:
Use the yarn to create a pom pom. I use a pom pom maker but it isn't necessary. There are many online tutorials on how to make a pom poms with your fingers or piece of cardboard.

Step Three:
Pull off a piece of roving in your desired color and wrap it into a ball.  Over the sink or a dish, dip the wool into soapy water and start to roll it between your palms. Keep rising and rolling until all the soap is out and the wool has formed a tight ball.

Hot glue your felt ball into the top of an acorn.

Step Four:
Arrange your pom pom and acorns on the felt band.  Decide were you want your ribbon.  Tie bows or make loops.

Step Five:
Using hot glue, start to glue down all the components of the corsage.  Make sure each item is firmly affixed.

Step Six:
Make a mark where you want your snap to go. ( The  average size bracelet is 7 1/2 inches) Use your snap setter to set the snap and then trim off the rest of the excess felt to finish off the corsage. If you don't want to bother with snaps, you can always glue ribbon between your felt layers and the corsage can close with a tie.

You might want to make boutonnieres for your guests of the male persuasion. This is done by using an oval of felt instead of a strip.  Glue a pin back, (found in most craft stores) onto the back and pin it to a felt loop.

Expect your guests to be thrilled with an unexpected gift at their plate. When they thank you profusely just shrug your shoulders and say, "It's no big thing. I just felt like it."

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Scrappy Nan said...

what a great project!

Jen said...

Love the project. Not sure I'm quite so talented to give them a try, but thank you for the sharing them. Maybe someday I'll give it a go.

Jennifer Priest said...

OMG April those napkin holders are gorgeous. Love the colors!

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Wow, these are gorgeous, wish I was eating at your table with you.

Jen said...

VERY VERY cute!!! I agree with Dolores - wish I was coming to YOUR house for Thanksgiving!!

Lisa Mala6 said...

What a fun project to warm up the holidays and fall.

Anne said...

I LOVE these, April! How neat that they can be worn as bracelets! Maybe I'll make some just for that purpose! Anne, yourmainestamper

hiscrappergirl said...

OMG, April, I love these, totally doing these for Thanks giving this year. Luckily I still have some left over roving from Spark!!

Leslie said...

Oh my, your napkin holders are fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing.


Leslie Kiley said...

Super cute acorn napkin holders! They are simply to die for! Love them!!!!!

Felt said...

Simply love the various work and your blog. The steps you have shared are quite an inpiration. Need to give these a try. Although i'm not good in this,it's worth trying.

Sandi M said...

My these are so pretty and very clever. They'd look great on any Thanksgiving table!

connie said...

Great project! Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Wow. It's been awhile since I've pulled out my felting supplies, but you have inspired me! LOVE LOVE LOVE the acorns! I only hope I can make one that's half as cute as yours. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful project!

jordanbev5 said...

These are so adorable!! And yes, each guest will be thrilled!! Thanks for sharing the directions!! What a terrific project!

Angie Smith said...

I love your dining decor!!! I follow your blog....and love it! I am on your mailing list for updates and follow you on FB.


Lillian Child said...

What a delightful and creative project!

silvia said...

Love the napkin rings!! Thanks for such a detailed tutorial!! :)

Jenn said...

These are beautiful. I think I'm going to have to go wool gathering.

A Scrap Above said...

These are beautiful.
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Crafty_Judy said...

What a cool project. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing!

Jansie said...

Beautiful tutorial. You have a new follower..I love your style. :)

cjsimplyscraps said...

honestly, i wanted to reach into the picture and feel them. how creative!!...carol

Betsy said...

What a fun project!!! I love the idea!