The leaves are falling and with every passing day I think more and more about Christmas and the holidays ahead. I love this time of year and in just a few weeks I’ll start decorating the house to make it warm and festive. That gives me plenty of time to make some new Christmas decorations to put on display around the house.
Free pattern for Christmas garland with crochet berries and blooms. I really like this pattern because you can vary the colors that you use, which makes it perfect for any holiday season. Crochet one for Christmas and then make another one to celebrate the bright colors of spring and Easter.
If you’ve thought about branching out and trying some different crafts with yarn, then felting may be a great fit for you. This is not the type of felting where you knit a bag and then throw it in the wash to felt it. No, these techniques take raw fiber and felt it into beautiful shapes, creatures and designs.
Dry Felting vs Wet Felting
Dry felting is a technique also referred to as needle felting. This is where you use needles to break down the fiber so that it sticks together. You can use this technique to sculpt dolls, animals and other figures. Or, it can also be used to create pictures and landscapes.
Wet felting is a technique where you wet the fibers and then massage them together and form them into different shapes and designs. This technique can be used to make jewelry, accessories and clothing.
Needle Felted Ideas
You can sculpt some really cute animals and figurines using needle felting. These are great gift ideas for the holidays and are perfect for teachers, friends and family members. You can either create a pretty Christmas decoration, or how about an animal that looks like their favorite pet? The design ideas are unlimited, but here are a few to get you started.
Image of needle felted cat courtesy of karen.tkr CC 2.0
These needle felted dolls by YaxchiArt are definitely professional quality dolls, but hopefully they give you an idea of how creative you can get. You may not be able to make dolls like this right off the bat, but give it time and you’ll be able to create intricate designs and figures.
This needle felted fawn by TinyApartmentCrafts is such a cute gift idea. It’s perfect to put on display, or it could also be used as a pin cushion.
A needle felted bear is a cute gift idea for a new baby, or for a baby’s first Christmas. Image courtesy of Karen.tkr CC 2.0
Image of adorable bird, flowers and nests by Karen via Flickr CC 2.0
Needle felting can also be done to create pretty accents and designs on fabric. Here are a few ideas for designs that could be used on a decorative pillow or handbag.
Image of needle felting with beads courtesy of frykitty via CC 2.0
Needle felted tree on fabric created by Nico Nelson Image available via CC 2.0
Now that you have some ideas, here are some of my favorite resources for needle felting. I hope you enjoy creating some fun and creative designs.
Thanksgiving is coming, the chill is in the air. Soon the turkey will be in the oven and the house will be filled with the smells of the day. Whether you’re having a big family gathering, or dinner with a few friends, enjoy all that the holiday has to offer and celebrate good food, good friends and a festive atmosphere.
To me, decorating the house for Thanksgiving is such a fun part of the holiday. From deciding what type of table setting to arrange, to making a pretty wreath for the door, there are so many ways to decorate for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving themed crafts and decorations to make for the holiday.
Do you like to have a bag for every season? This crocheted bag gives you the ability to decorate it for the holiday you choose. Check out the pattern and crochet a Thanksgiving bag or Christmas bag. You could also use the pattern for the turkey to create a stuffed turkey decoration. Lots of versatility with this pattern.
There’s nothing quite like a pretty wreath on a front door to welcome visitors and celebrate the season. One of the reasons why I like wreaths so much is because they are great craft project for anyone to make. It doesn’t matter how talented or experienced you are at doing crafts. You can keep your wreath as simple as you’d like, or get carried away and adorn it with anything you can think of. This makes it a fun project for kids too.
Another reason why I enjoy wreaths so much is because these decorations are ideal for any climate or location. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or house. Everyone has a door, so a wreath always has a place to call home. But let’s say that you don’t have the ideal door for hanging a wreath, you can also put these creations in a window, or hang it on the wall.
Here are a few of my favorite ideas for making your own holiday wreath.
This yarn wreath was created for Halloween, but the technique is one that you can use for any holiday. All you have to do is choose yarn that goes with the holiday you’d like to celebrate and and then choose appliques and accessories that go with it.
How to Make a Yarn Wreath
Start with a Styrofoam, foam, or wicker wreath.
Wrap yarn around the wreath, taking your time to place the yarn close together with no holes showing.
When the entire wreath is covered with yarn, cut the yarn and glue the end using a hot glue gun.
Start adding accents, appliques and decorations to the wreath to create any style, or holiday theme that you’d like.
Another strategy with wreaths is to have a “base” wreath that you use for a couple of holidays and simply change out the accent pieces that go on top. The Halloween wreath above is a good example of that. You could create a yarn wreath in a fall colored yarn that will look good for months. For Halloween you can add white yarn to create a cob-web look and then add Halloween appliques like the ones I highlighted in my post about about Free Halloween Crochet Patterns Add a ghost, felt flowers, felt bat and you’ve made a spooktacular Halloween wreath.
When it’s time to switch to a Thanksgiving theme, simply remove the Halloween items and swap them out for some fall leaves, pilgrims or turkey. The felt designs above are the perfect color combination for a fall wreath. Here’s how to make these easy accent pieces.
Choose several different colors of felt.
Cut out any shape you’d like. Use the same shape for each color. You can either make them all the same size, or make each layer slightly smaller than the one beneath it.
Using a needle, thread yarn through the center of each piece of felt, layering one piece of felt on top of the other. You can tie knots on the ends of the yarn to make it look like the center of a flower. You can also leave the tail coming out the back side of the “flower” if you’d like to attach them to the wreath using the yarn.
Just remember that if you are going to swap out the appliques and details on top, you want to use velcro or something that allows you to change the accent pieces without ruining the wreath below. You can always use glue if you want, you’ll just have to be careful removing the old accessories and the new ones will have to go in the same spot so that it covers up the old glue. Or, wrap a few more strands of yarn around the wreath to cover up the old spots and blend with the existing wreath.
Here are some Thanksgiving accents and appliques ideas to add to your wreath.
Halloween just wouldn’t be as much fun if you didn’t have a fun bag or bucket to carry your candy. Sure, the older kids are partial to a pillow case because it can hold so much. But for the younger kids, a cute little bucket is a must-have accessory for any Halloween costume.
Here are some of my favorite DIY Halloween treat bags and candy containers.
DIY Silly Halloween Bucket
This cute bucket is so easy to make. All you need is a cheap orange pail that you can buy at the dollar store, party store, hardware store or Home Depot.
Use styrofoam balls for the eyes, pipe cleaners for the eye lashes and the silly mouth is an upside down picture cut out of a magazine. Add whatever additional accents you’d like for hair, or to give it your own personality. This cute craft was created by belen junquera
Painted Halloween Candy Bucket
You can also use paint to decorate an orange bucket to create a cute trick-or-treat bucket. This is a fun Halloween craft idea for kids. In addition to painting, kids can also decorate the bucket with stickers, washi tape or stencils.
This free crochet pattern is perfect for Thanksgiving and is ideal to put on display by hanging on your front door. The pattern was designed by Debi Yorston as a bib to make Thanksgiving fun for kids, but this is an example of where you can take a pattern and turn it into something that fits your needs. In addition to making it as a hanging wall decoration, you could also turn it into a throw pillow, or stuffed turkey decoration to display on a shelf.
Grab your free copy of this cute turkey pattern and crochet one for Thanksgiving. Your family will love having this little fella visiting your home for the holiday. Gobble! Gobble!
I love all of the fun and easy lighted Halloween crafts that you can make for the holiday. These ideas can be used to decorate the inside and outside of your home to welcome trick or treaters. Use these ideas as a starting point and then personalize each one to give it your own twist. This way you can make friendly, or spooky, Halloween decorations to fit your style.
You can make pretty Halloween lanterns and displays using milk cartons, or by simply building your own design using cardboard and paper. Here are a few ideas for how to create your own Halloween Lanterns or decorations using milk cartons.
Use a clean and dry milk carton, juice carton, or cardboard box.
Cut out a rectangle on each side of the box, leaving about a 1″ border all the way around. You are essentially creating a picture frame on each side of the box and your Halloween scene will go in the middle .
Paint the outside of the box black, or whatever dark color you’d like. Black paint is ideal because it adds to the Halloween scene and gives it the evening silhouette you want.
Cut out a piece of wax paper, parchment, or transparent paper that will allow light to shine through it.
Stencil a design onto the paper, or you could also cut out a design and glue that to the paper. This is where you can use your imagination to create a spooky or fun design. Some ideas include making a jack-o-lantern face, or a witch riding a broom. Black construction paper is perfect for creating cut-out designs and a sharpie marker can be used to hand-draw a design too.
Tape or glue the paper with the design to the inside of the box. You put the paper on the inside of the box so that the carton creates a frame around it.
TIP: Do you have solar powered garden lights along your front walkway? Charge the lights during the day and then on Halloween night go out and add the milk carton decorations over the light for a glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration that will look really cool!
Milk Carton Halloween Village
You can use the same technique outlined above to create your very own Halloween village. This project is lots of fun to put on display on your front porch or entrance way. It will be the first thing that visitors see when knocking on your door for trick or treating.
I hope you enjoy making your own Halloween lanterns and light-up decorations. These are fun projects to do with the kids and you can make these crafts as easy, or complex, as you’d like. Get creative and build your very own Halloween light-up display.
Candles are a fun way to decorate the inside and outside of your house for Halloween. You can make your own Halloween decorations using glass jars and a little creativity. Add a spooky ghost, or witch on a broomstick to the mason jar to create a Halloween mason jar candle that will add just the right touch of spookiness to your decor.
Supplies Needed to Make a Flaming Glass Jar Halloween Candle:
Any clean glass jar. This can be a mason jar, food jar, or jelly jar that has been thoroughly cleaned and dried.
Instructions for making a Glass Jar Halloween Candle
Paint the inside of the jar orange. You can do this easily by mixing a little bit of mod podge and food coloring in the jar. Mix it right in the jar and then swirl it around to cover the inside of the jar. Let dry overnight.
Rip of pieces of masking tape (varying the length and width of each piece) and attach to the outside of the jar. You’re trying to make it look like flames. Place the tape along the bottom half of the jar, with the masking tape placed vertically to resemble the flames.
Paint the outside of the jar with black spray paint. Let dry.
Remove the masking tape.
Insert a battery-operated tea light, or candle, into the jar and you now have a candle that has the black and orange colors of Halloween, plus it looks like flames. Very cool!
You can also add some ribbon to the top of the jar, or any additional design elements that you think jazz it up a bit. I’ve outlined the basic steps, but you can get really creative with this one.
Here are a few pictures to show you how easy it is to make this flaming Halloween candle.
Add masking tape to candle to make it look like flames.
Paint with black spray paint.
Finished Halloween candle!
Here is a video from expertvillage that shows you all of details for how to make these great candles.
Here are a few more of my favorite Halloween candle ideas.
Halloween jar lanterns photo courtesy of frykitty on Flickr.
DIY mummy candles photo courtesy of Cy-V on Flickr.
Image of bat candle courtesy of slgckgc via Flickr.
Light up your walkway this Halloween with cute Halloween luminaries made with milk jugs. This is a fun Halloween craft for kids. With recycled milk jugs and a little creativity, these outdoor decorations are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holiday.
On the back of the milk jug, right underneath the handle, cut out a hole to insert the tea light.
Turn on the electric tea light and insert into milk jug.
The face, or decoration, on the milk jug can be any design. So kids can get creative and design a black cat, a jack-o-lantern face, or any Halloween picture they like. Just be sure to use an electric tea light for this project, as a real candle would certainly be a fire hazard.
Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!
Video Tutorial for Milk Jug Craft
This video by BunnieClaire walks you through all of the steps for creating these Halloween decorations.
Make a painted cup or mug for Mother’s Day and every day your mum will enjoy this personalized gift. One of the reasons why I love this gift idea is because a personalized mug can be made lots of ways. You can use markers or paints to create a truly memorable gift. Write a simple message on the mug to let her know how much you love her, or paint something special. No matter what you do, she’ll love it.
Make your mother a bouquet of flowers that she can reuse once Mother’s Day has passed. With this mug bouquet, she’ll be able to use the mug and the artificial flowers all year long.
Although this video shows you how to make a flower mug bouquet, one of the things I like best about it is the technique for wrapping the gift with shrink wrap. It’s a great tip that can be used for any present you may have, whether’s it’s for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or Christmas.
This tutorial uses a premade mug, but how about if you gave her a personalized mug? Now that would be an extra special gift that mum will really love. This gift idea is perfect for any special person in your life, so an Aunt, Grandmother, or teacher would also love this gift.
Looking for a cute Mother’s Day gift idea? This tutorial includes the template you need to create the felt cut-outs to make an “I Love My Mom” banner. Add some magnets to the ends of the banner and you’ve got the perfect way to hang this banner.
Put the banner up so that it greets mum as she goes to open the refrigerator in the morning. Or, hang it across the mirror in the bathroom so that it’s the first thing she sees when she wakes up on Mother’s Day. Kids will love getting creative and decorating these felt cutouts to personalize this sign to show mom how much they love her.