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Felting Crafts

How to Make Crafts Relating to Felting Including: Needle Felting, Wet Felting, Felted Animals, Felt Christmas Decorations, Easter Felting Crafts

 

Wet Felting

 

Wet Felted Reindeer Pin

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What you will need:

Brown wool roving

Red bell

Brown, pink, and tan felt squares

Animal eyes

Pin

Glue Gun

 

How to Make Wet Felted Reindeer Pin:

1. To make the head you will need a rock that is the basic shape of the head. Make sure one end is wider than the other.

2. Cut the wool roving so that it is long enough to wrap around your rock with a little overlap. Wrap it around the rock in one direction pulling it as tight as possible. Cut another length that will fit around the rock the opposite directions with overlap. Wind it around the rock pulling tight as possible. (See pictures below.)

3. While holding the felt run hot water over the rock while pressing the roving into the rock. Add a little soap and keep pressing all over the rock until the wool seems to be sticking together.

4. Once the wool sticks together, you can start felting the wool by rolling it over a rough surface. I used a metal cooling rack placed over my sink. Roll the rock over the surface until the wool starts to tighten. Keep adding soap and very warm water.

5. Once it is felted cut a slit in the wider side of the rock and squeeze out the rock. Place some soap inside the felted piece and rub it gently to felt a little inside. Squeeze the piece together several times to ring out the soap and felt it even more.

6. Once you have all the soap out, stick your finger inside your piece, and press it back into shape. Set it out to dry.

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7. While your piece is drying cut ears and antlers from felt squares.

8. Once your piece is dry you can glue the ears and antlers to the inside top of the piece where you cut it open. Stuff it with polyfil, dryer lint, or whatever you can find, and then glue it closed.

9. Sew on a bell for the nose and glue on eyes. I used eyes that are designed for stuffed animals. I just cut off the back pieces that stick out of the back of the eyes.

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Wet Felted Easter Eggs

Easy Wet-felted Easter Egg Craft for Children from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

WoolRovingwool roving of Different Colors

Angelina Straight Cut FibersEasy Wet-felted Easter Eggs (optional)

Foam Egg Shapes

Mild Dish Soap

Cooling Rack

 

How to Make Wet Felted Easter Eggs:

1. Spread out about one foot of wool roving on a flat dry surface so that it is very thin and has spaces in which you can see the surface below. (See pictures below.)

2. If you want your eggs sparkly spread some Angelina fibers over the first layer. Do not use very much because this fiber does not felt well. If you add too much, it will be difficult to get the fibers to stick together.

3. Next add some more layers of different colors of roving until you get it to look like you want.

4. Turn the whole thing over and place a foam egg at one end. Roll the felt around the egg, covering the sides as you go. Try to get it as even as possible. If it is too thick in one area, you can pull off some of the roving. Roll it as tight as possible.

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5. Place some very warm water in a dishpan and add a little dish soap. Carefully place the wrapped egg in the water, (the hotter the better). Press in on all sides of the egg until the fibers start to stick together.

6. Add some dish soap to the egg and keep pressing in. When the fibers seem to be sticking together, place the egg on a cooling rack and roll it over the rack to felt the egg some more. Keep doing this until the fibers feel tight. If the fibers are sticking to your hands, add more dish soap.

7. Another way to make the eggs is to cover the whole egg with one color to start and then add thin layers of different colors.

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Wet Felted Easter Bunny Pin

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What you will need:

About 1 oz. White Wool Roving

Tiny black beads for the eyes

Pink pompom for the nose

Thin craft wire

Matching white felt

Pink felt

Hot melt glue

Safety pin

Foam egg

 

How to Make Wet Felted Easter Bunny Pin:

1. Follow the directions above for Wet Felted Easter Eggs except use only one color.

2. When the felted egg is dry, cut open the bigger end and push out the egg.

3. Cut about 10" of thin craft wire and stick it through the egg where you would like one whisker. Reach inside the egg and push the wire back through to the outside where would like the other whisker. Curl the ends of the whiskers around a pencil. Fill the felted egg with polyfil.

4. Cut two ears from matching felt squares and two inner ears from pink felt. Glue the inner ear on the outer ear. If you would like to make the ear adjustable, place some thin craft wire between the felt before gluing them together. Glue the ears in the hole of the egg and then glue the egg closed.

5. Glue on the eyes and nose. Sew a safety pin to the back so you can pin it to your clothes.

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Wet Felted Yucky Face Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com

Wet-Felted Yucky Face Craft

(See instructions for making the Reindeer Pin except don't stuff the head, and the cut is the mouth.)

Needle felt a tongue, nose, and ears, and then felt them onto the head. (To make the craft easier for younger children you can use felt squares for the tongue and ears and a pompom for the nose.)

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Wet Felted Christmas Elf Craft for Kids

(See instructions for making the Reindeer Pin except don't stuff the head, and the cut is the mouth.)

Cut ears, hat, and tongue from felt and glue to the head. Glue a red pompom to the top of the hat and a pink pompom on the face for a nose. Glue on googly eyes. Glue a piece of candy to the tongue.

 

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Wet Felted Mouse Pin Craft for Kids

(See instructions for making the Reindeer Pin.)

Cut the inside and outside ear shapes from felt and glue to the head. Glue a pink pompom on the face for a nose. You can also wet felt a very small piece of pink roving to make the nose.

Glue on googly eyes. Insert a very thin wire through one side of the face and back out the other side. Twist the ends of the wire around a knitting needle or something else that is long and skinny to make the whiskers.

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Wet Felted Dragon

(See instructions for making the Reindeer Pin except this piece will not be stuffed and the opening you cut will be the mouth of the dragon.)

Cut ears from felt squares, horns and tongue from foam pieces, and the fringe from shiny material.

Glue the tongue to the inside of the piece so that just a small part sticks out.

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Needle Felting

Needle Felted Pink Bear

Needle Felted Pink Bear Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

About 1 oz. Pink Wool Roving

Brown Wool Roving

Tiny black bead for the eyes or animal eyes

You will also need a block of 2" foam about 6" square.

Note: This craft is for older children only with adult supervision. The needles are very sharp.

 

How to Make Needle Felted Pink Bear:

1. Start by making the body.

Cut 4 inches of pink wool roving and pull the fibers apart down the middle to make two pieces that are four inches each.

Pull the fibers apart on one 4" length and roll them up into a ball shape.

Spread out the fibers on the other 4" length to make a wider piece.

Place the ball shape on the spread out fibers and roll the fibers around the ball shape pulling them tight to make a larger oval shape.

Felted Pink Bear Diagram

 

2. Place the wool oval shape on your foam square and start stabbing it with your felting needle, shaping it as you go. (You can use a bigger needle to start and end with a smaller needle for the details.)

At first it doesn't seem like you are doing much, but soon the fibers will begin to stick together and the shape will become firmer. Stab the shape more in areas in which you want it to be smaller or thinner. It's a lot like working with clay except you are molding with the needle. Make sure you are stabbing it with the needle straight up and down so that the needle doesn't break.

3. Once you have the body close to the shape you would like, you can start making the head.

4. Use about 2 inches of wool roving for the head. Shape it the same way you did the body. Felt it with the needle as described above. Once it is close to what you would like it to be, felt it to the body by placing in against the body and stabbing all around the edge of the head into the body.

5. If a part comes out too small or you would like to add more detail, you can always add more wool to the area you would like to change. Just place it over the area and felt it in.

6. Next make the legs and arms in the same manner and felt them to the body.

Making The Ear

Felted Bear Ear Diagram

7. To make the ears cut off a very tiny piece of wool and wind it into a circle shape. To do this pinch one end of a length of roving in between your thumb and pointer finger and then wind the rest of the yarn around the pinched part. See pictures to the right. Needle felt the wool together and attach them to the head.

8. To make the nose and pads of the feet and hands just cut off small amounts of brown roving and roll them up into tiny balls like you would clay. To make it even easier wet your hand before rolling. Attach them by felting them.

9. Glue on eyes.

 

 

Felted Duck Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com

Needle Felted Duck Craft

Use directions for the felted bear.)

Felted Blue Bird Craft

Needle Felted Blue Bird Craft

Use directions for the felted bear.)

 

Felted Hedgehog Craft

Needle Felted Hedgehog Craft

Felted Giraffe Craft

Needle Felted Giraffe Craft

 

Felted Guinea Pig

Needle Felted Guinea Pig

Felted Scottie Dog Craft

Felted Scottie Dog

 

Felted Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Ornament

Felted Gingerbread Man Tree Ornament

What you will need:

About 1 oz. Brown Wool Roving

Felting Needles

Tiny black bead for the eyes

Gingerbread man cookie cutter

Rick Rack

You will also need a block of 2" foam about 6" square.

Note: This craft is for older children only with adult supervision. The needles are very sharp.

 

How to Make Felted Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Ornament:

1. Place the cookie cutter on the foam block. Place brown wool roving inside the cookie cutter to cover the entire area. If you don't have a cookie cutter, you can cut a gingerbread man shape from a piece of cardboard.

2. Needle felt the roving until it becomes thick. Add more wool roving if your gingerbread man isn't thick enough. Needle felting is very easy. All you do is poke the wool roving with a felting needle over and over until the roving begins to stick together to make felt.

3. To finish glue on eyes, buttons, and Rick Rack.

See the Needle Felted Pink Bear for general directions on how to felt.

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Felted Penguin Craft

Needle Felted Penguins

Felted Penguin Craft for Kids

Needle Felted Penguins

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Felted Lion Finger Puppet Craft

Felted Lion Puppet Craft

What you will need:

.3 oz. yellow wool roving, brown, red, black wool roving, and white wool roving, 4" foam from a cushion, tiny eyes, and felting needles.

How to Make Felted Lion Finger Puppet:

1. To make the body of the lion, you will need to make a tube in which a finger can be inserted. Cut a piece of foam 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 7" with a knife from the foam cushion. You can find cushions very cheap at a second-hand store.

2. Cut the corners off the long side of the foam piece to form it into a cylinder shape. It doesn't have to be really smooth.

3. Place a piece of wool roving over the tube, long wise. Bring the sides of the wool roving around so that the wool covers the whole cylinder as shown in the picture below. Then wind another piece of yellow wool roving around the cylinder the opposite way covering the piece of wool you just put on. The whole cylinder should be covered except for the bottom.

 

Foam Piece
Step 1
Make foam tube
Step2
Placing wool on foam tube
Step3

 

Add hot water wet felting diagram

4. Turn on your tap water and let it run until it is the hottest it will get. Place the foam piece with the wool on it under the water and wet it thoroughly. Squirt some soap on the wool to make it slippery. Press in on the wool and turn the cylinder around (the opposite way the wool is wound so it doesn't come off) and around in your hands, squeezing slightly, so that the wool fibers begin to stick together. Once the fibers begin to stick together, you can add more wool if you have any holes. Keep working with the wool until it feels firm.

5 - 6. You can also roll the wool on a bumpy surface such as a cooling rack to help felt the wool. You don't have to worry about the top and bottom of the tube because you will be cutting the bottom off even, and the top you will needle felt together.

 

Wet felting Diagram
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wet felting Diagram 2
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wet felting diagram 3
Step 7

 

7. Once the wool is firm and you don't have any holes you can start to dry your piece. Squeeze it between some towels and/or use a hair dryer. Once it is fairly dry, you can start to remove the inside foam piece. Carefully pull the felt away from the foam. You can use a dinner knife to separate the foam from the felt. Slowly pull the foam out. Cut one end of the wool tube even. This is where the finger will be inserted in the puppet.

8. Stick a clothespin inside the tube to make it firm when you are felting. Just don't stick it in all the way. Felt the top of the tube closed with a felting needle. The top part is the head.

9. Needle felt on a white ball for the muzzle. Felt it to the tube about 1/2" down from the top. Poke the needle into the ball to make the mouth.

10. Felt on a yellow rectangle shape in the center of the muzzle and forehead for the top part of the nose. Felt on a black nose. Read the instruction for making the duck above for more information about needle felting.

11. Add ears, arms, and a tongue.

12. To finish cut 3" pieces of yellow and brown wool and felt them all the way around the side of the head to make the mane.

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