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tutorial: felt heart magnets

sequined felt heat magnetsFor Valentine’s Day or any day you want to share some love!

You will need:
Various colors of felt, use up small scraps if you have them.
Glue gun

felt scrapsStart with a bag of various colored scraps of felt or purchase squares of felt, in colors you love from your local fabric or craft store.

cutting felt hearts As I cut up hearts, I found it was easier to cut out the smallest heart first then use it as a guide when cutting the other colors of felt to go behind it.

felt heartsAfter about an hour or so of cutting, I had used up lots of tiny scraps of felt and had quite a few heart stacks. Experiment with various color combinations.

sewing on sequinsYou can glue on the sequins but I think it’s a lot easier to sew them on- less messy glue gun web and burned fingers but, if you’re skilled with the hot glue gun it’s definitely an option here. When stacking sequins, use a bead at the top to hold all the sequins in place. Bring the needle up through the sequins and bead then past the bead and back through the sequins and felt.

On a few of the hearts, I tacked down the edges with a thread or embroidery floss whip stitch. I like the embroidered look but couldn’t help still adding a little sparkle every time.

make felt magnetsMagnets (like the one’s pictured here) can be purchased at craft store (maybe even hardware stores too) in various sizes and strengths. Make sure you get the strongest magnets, nobody like precious papers and pictures falling off the fridge when you breeze past.

sequined felt magnetsThe sky’s the limit on design, experiment with colors, beads, and shape of sequins. You could even use buttons.

stacked felt heartsFor a equally charming, simpler look, leave off the sequins and just hot glue or sew the felt into place.

Good luck and enjoy!

Homemade gift tags- easy teacher and neighbor gifts

I’m always intrigued by what kids come up with when put to a crafty challenge. These gift tags were the brainchild of my 12 year old. Easy, fun and fast, it’s a great budget friendly gift project that has the added bonus of fostering creativity in your kids (and yourself). Use them on gifts you give or gift them in bundles. Put all that pre-Christmas kid angst to good use!

We went through the craft supplies and dug out: card stock, rubber stamps, markers, glitter glue, a hole punch, felt and the glue gun. Also embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon, twine or other sort of string to make ties.

Make a set of colorful tags by filling an an entire page of card stock with colorful geometric shapes, add glitter glue for sparkle and dimension. When the glue is dry, cut the paper into small rectangles. Punch a hole in the corner and stamp or write “To:” and “From:” on the back. Loop the piece of string (of your choosing) through the hole and tie a knot.
With felt scraps, cut out and create any shapes you can think up- Christmas-y or otherwise. (hint: customize tags with personalized interests or letters). Glue the felt to the card stock then use markers or glitter glue to add details. When dry, finish same as above.
An perhaps the easiest- incorporate rubber stamps. If you have a large collection of rubber stamps it’s time to put them to good use! Add color, glitter or glitter glue to your hearts content. Finish the same as above.

Place an assortment of your handmade tags in bags and pair with a treat, a plant or just by themselves- a handmade gift is always the best!

felt inspiration from the kitchen

Referring to a kitchen I saw in the Land of Nod catalog, I built this kitchen for my kids for Christmas a few years ago. It’s been a fixture in our house ever since (except for the 2 years it was in storage when we were moving, sorry little dudes for missing a few formative years of fake polishing silver and pretend preparing meals.) Now, it sits mostly on display, but every now and again it warms my heart to walk by and see even the high schoolers rummaging through the refrigerator and menu planning.
The best part now, is all of the clever thinking it inspires. Our little friend Millie (age 12) hopped right on the felt train, got out her needle, thread and markers and this is what she came up with:

Sliced felt kiwi fruit.

Felt all beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun, hold the sesame seeds. (anyone remember the hand motions that go with that 1980’s McDonalds jingle?)

The heirloom china has seen better days, one rambunctious tea party too many seems to have wiped out nearly the whole set. Looks like it’s back to paper cups for guests at future soirees. Felt chocolate chunk and M&M cookies, yum.

And last but not least, perhaps my kids favorite meal- felt broccoli and bowtie pasta, incidentially in a felt bowl.

I was super stoked when I found this bowl at a Michael’s craft store. When I handed it to the youthful clerk, she turned it quizzically over in her hand and asked what the heck I was going to do with a felt bowl. As. If.   Honey, it looks like it’s time to put down the phone, pick up some craft supplies, and get out your imagination.