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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrange your pom pom and acorns on the felt band. Decide were you want your ribbon. Tie bows or make loops.
Using hot glue, start to glue down all the components of the corsage. Make sure each item is firmly affixed.
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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