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Making Ornaments with the Boys

Making Ornaments with the Boys

Thanksgiving was supposed to be in Florida with the Grandsons, but the whole family was sick so we postponed our trip for a week.  I had promised Luke I would bring more wool next time I visited, so I did along with some foam balls to make some ornaments.

I prepared by making some batts in different colors and brought embellishments and different colored roving for the boys to choose from. I thought the batts would be easier for them to work with on a round surface and I was right.

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Josh had never played with wool, but seemed to be more fascinated with the soapy water.

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I let them choose their colors and embellishments. After putting all the wool on the balls, we dipped them in the soapy water and I rubbed to get it started.  Then I had the boys roll the balls in bubble wrap. ( mostly to keep them engaged in the process.)  Of course, the Florida boy had to get into the swing of working with water. I put the balls in nylons to make it easier to work with for them.

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When the wool started to shrink I put the balls thru the washer and dryer.

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Luke also started to pull wool off to make a snake.  Later, he abandoned the idea, evidently Grandma wasn’t working fast enough.

The finished ornaments.  Three for Luke.

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Two for Josh.

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I made another for pink one Baby Lisa in California.  Josh asked me about the pink one.  When I told him, he picked up his green one and said he wanted Uncle Brad to have that one.  Awww.  Such a sweet boy.

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I was really happy to share my love of felting with the boys and they both seemed to enjoy it.  And now they have a souvenir for years to come.  Best Christmas present.

Happy Holidays!

 

Around the Web – The Holiday Edition

Around the Web – The Holiday Edition

I thought it would be fun to show some holiday crafting ideas. These aren’t all specifically felt or fiber but I thought it might help to spark some ideas for those of you who make your own gifts and holiday decor. Many of these ideas could be adapted to felting or fiber arts. I’d love to see what you’re making for the holidays so do leave a link if you’ve made something fun or post it on Flickr or the forum.

Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Leaf Garland Tutorial

How to Make a Googly Eye Ornament

Thanksgiving Blessings Chalkboard

101 Handmade Ornament Tutorials

15 Felt Ornaments to Make

Needle Felted Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

Needle Felted Rudolph Tutorial

Needle Felted Cardinal Tutorial

Yarn Organizer Sack

Fabric Boxes to Organize Your Studio

Fabric Coil Bowl Tutorial

Button Tree Christmas Postcards

Stitched Felt Christmas Ornaments

Stenciled Burlap Candle Holders

Stamped Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Stamped Christmas Ornament Tutorial (a different one)

Let Them Eat Cake This is not a tutorial or especially holiday oriented but I couldn’t resist!

Free Knitting Patterns for Christmas Tree Ornaments

Lots of Free Knitting Patterns for Christmas

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