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{DIY} How to Make a Felt Rose Wreath

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I'm always looking for new ways I can decorate my daughter's room, so I thought a simple wreath with felt flowers to hang on her wall would be easy and look sweet. This wreath could also work for a "girly" birthday, baby shower, or even as a Valentine's Day decoration.

MATERIALS

  • Styrofoam ring
  • 1.5" silk ribbon in white
  • 1" silk ribbon in light pink
  • Pins
  • Felt
  • Glue
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INSTRUCTIONS

Use a pin to secure your 1.5 inch white silk ribbon on the side of the wreath that will be the back. Then wrap the ribbon around the ring until it is completely covered. Next use the 1 inch pink silk ribbon to wrap on top.

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To make the flowers, I cut felt into round spirals, then starting at the center of the spiral, I wound the felt until it looked like a rose.

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I secured it with glue. Then used a pin to pin the rose into the wreath. I was able to stick the pin in deep to hide it.

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I made the spirals in different sizes so my flowers would be varied sizes.

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Finally I attached a pink lace ribbon for hanging and glued three hearts I cut out freehand on top.

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I love how it turned out, and so does my daughter, Lainey!

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{DIY} How to Make Beautiful Felt Acorns

My friend, Nicole, and the creative mind behind Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras is one of our newest Catch My Party contributors, welcome Nicole!

Nicole is not only a gifted pastry chef, but also makes some of the most inventive crafts. Here she is sharing how she made these beautiful felted acorns that would be perfect for the coming seasons. 

Acorns made from felted wool balls are simple to create, and add a perfect autumnal touch to gifts, crafts, and fall decor.

Materials:

  • Wool Roving (I bought mine at a local yarn store, but it's easy to find online if you don't have a nearby supply)
  • A bowl of soapy water
  • Acorn caps (I bought mine from an Etsy seller -- there are many)
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
To make a felt acorn, you must first make a felted wool ball.   You can buy specialty equipment to do needle felting, but to make a felt ball, all you really need is soapy water and your hands.

First, pull off a chunk of your wool roving.  What's that, you ask?  Not being an avid knitter/textiles person, I had no clue, either. Wool roving is wool that has been cleaned, combed, and twisted ever so slightly into a big, fluffy rope.  Textile artists use this material to spin into yarn.  I use it to make fun gnome and Santa beards. And felt balls.

Wrap the fluffy wool into a loose ball.  Make it several times larger than you want your finished ball to be, because it will compress a lot.

Dip the fluffy wool ball into water with a few drops of dish-washing soap.  Roll between the palms of your hands.  The wool ball with compress, and the fibers will bind together, creating a much more solid, smaller felt ball.

Sometimes, I end up with cracks and crevasses in my felt ball, not exactly a nice ball shape.  When this happens, I simply take a very small, wispy piece of wool roving and wrap it around the outside of the ball.  Dip in the soapy water and continue rolling the ball with your hands.  The new layer of wool felts onto the surface of the ball and covers any imperfections that might have been there.

Squeeze out any excess water, and let dry overnight.

Once the felt balls have dried out completely, it's a simple matter to glue the acorn caps to the felt balls.  If you want to paint the acorn caps, it's best to do so before gluing the felt balls in place.  I used spray paint, but I think they'd be spectacular with glittered caps.  Something to remember for next fall!

And look how much they add to favor boxes, table settings, and fall decor.
 
Thank you, Nicole, the felt acorns are just exquisite... and so easy!!
 
To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.

{DIY} How to Make a Needle Felt Heart Garland

I've been dying to try needle felting. I just saw this needle needle felt heart tutorial from My Poppet and had to share. I'm going to make this for my daughter's room. I think it will look lovely! It might be my project for the long weekend.

To see the whole tutorial, head here to My Poppet.

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make a Felt Letter Garland for All Occasions

I love garlands! They are some of my favorite decorations, so when I stumbled upon this felt garland tutorial from Rebekah of Twinkle and Twine, I had to write about it.

The best thing about this felt letter garland is that there is a "sew" and a "no-sew" version, so for the non-sewers like me, there's no need to feel intimidated. How great would this look on your mantle or even wrapped up as a holiday gift?

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Check out the whole felt letter garland tutorial here.

Thank you, Rebekah, for creating this tutorial and introducing me to the wonders of freezer paper. :) To learn more about Rebekah and read about her crafting adventures, visit Twinkle and Twine.

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make a Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs makes some beautiful crafts. I love this fall wreath she created with chunky yarn, felt, and an old sweater.

How wonderful would this look at your Thanksgiving celebration or even decorating your front door. It's so warm and cozy and the little pinwheel flowers are just too sweet.

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Check out this simple tutorial to make your own. Thank you, Jo-Anna!

DIY Tutorial from A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Rainbow Wreath

Rainbow themed parties are some of my favorites because of all the decor possibilities.  When Wendy B threw her daughter this Rainbow Party, she added so many great touches, including this gorgeous rainbow wreath.

Wendy put together this tutorial on her blog, Ramblings From the Sunshine State, on how she made it, and has kindly let me repost it. So take a look at how amazingly easy this is to make...

SUPPLIES:
  • $1 wreath form from the Dollar Tree
  • Batting
  • Tacky glue
  • Baby yarn
  • Felt
  • Glue gun
  • Baker's twine

Wendy first cut strips out of the batting (which doesn't need to be perfect) and wrapped it all around the wreath.

This is what she ended up with.

Next she used this super soft baby yarn. It has 86 yards & was less than $3. She knew this would cover it & wasn't looking to spend much on this.

After wrapping the entire wreath in yarn, she had this, so soft & fluffy. It looks almost like a cloud!

And here is the end result!

To make the flowers, Wendy cut a spiral in the felt & rolled it up then used a little hot glue to secure them together.

She wanted to add some rainbow bunting to the wreath so she cut triangles in the felt, glued them together...

...And strung them on a piece of baker's twine.

How absolutely adorable, Wendy!! Thank you for the tutorial!

Please check out Wendy's other incredible parties on our main site. She definitely know how to throw an amazing party. And to learn more about Wendy, take a look at her blog Ramblings From the Sunshine State.

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