As Valentine’s Day approaches one can almost feel that ‘Love is in the air’, so inspired by that whimsical phrase I decided to make a heart shaped kite. I’m not really into the whole commercial nature of Valentine’s day, but I think it’s a nice gesture to give someone you care about a small token to show your affection. It can be a simple as a note or a card, but if you have more time, this pretty heart kite would make a special gift. Add a note “You have my heart on a string” to make it really romantic. Take the family out for an dinner picnic and some kite flying for a memorable evening. This kite is not only fun to make and fly, but makes a gorgeous photo prop or wall hanging as well. Continue reading →
Why give a boring old card this Valentine’s day when you can give a Valentine that actually “Catches Dreams”?
This pretty dreamcatcher can decorate a space all year long and would make a lovely nursery mobile. I’ve hung this one in Emma’s room, ensuring her sweet slumber.
Simple to make and can be customized with objects and colours that have meaning to you.
You will need:
1x Metal ring or embroidery hoop (pre-paint with spray paint or nailpolish – optional)
2x Heart shaped paper doilies (round or cotton crochet can be substituted)
Pearle cotton embroidery thread
Beads (I’ve used Hama beads from Ikea)
Strong fast drying craft glue
1. Gather your supplies. If you can’t find heart shaped doilies in your party supply store, try online.
2. Make a hanging loop and tie off with a knot. Secure with a dab of glue.
3. Take your embroidery thread and wrap around hoop to create a web. Keep going until you are happy with the design.
4. Tie off the loose end and secure it with a dab of glue. You may also want to glue the spots where the thread wraps around the frame to prevent slipping.
Making the feather tassels.
Cut a length of embroidery thread about 20cm (10″) long and thread 3 beads on it.
5. Dab a small drop of glue to the top of 2-3 feathers
6. Stick down the end of the thread to the top and slide the beads down over the feathers
7. A small drop of glue to secure the beads
8. Make three in total
9&10. Glue on the doilies to each side of the web. (Feel free to write a love message on a doily before this stage)
11. Tie on the feather tassels, shortening to desired length and secure knots with glue.
All done! Look how pretty it looks moving in the breeze.
Who will you give your Dreamcatcher Valentine to?
This is a very easy and pretty project for those new to needle felting. Make as many hearts as you like to decorate with love this festive season.
For a beginners guide to needle felting you should check out my previous post: Needle Felting Basics
You will need:
Wool roving (assorted colors)
felting needle and pad
Heart shaped cookie cutter (metal or plastic)
embroidery thread in a complementary colour
Tapestry (long) needle
1. Gather your supplies, we will be using the cookie cutter as a mould for our felt shape.
2. Stuff the mould with some wool, to avoid the risk of needle breaking make sure the thicker lip of the cutter is up most.
3&4. Start needling the wool to flatten and compact, add more wool if required. To avoid felting the shape into pad, lift it out of the mould and turn over regularly as you needle. Remember to keep your needle at a 90 degree angle to the pad so there is no risk of breaking the needle against the metal cutter.
5&6. Once you are happy with the thickness you can remove the mould and do some surface needling to tidy up the fuzzy stray wool fibers.
7. Repeat in assorted colours until you have as many hearts as you like. I’ve made seven.
8. Arrange your coloured hearts. Don’t they look pretty? Take a long strand of embroidery thread and thread your needle. Make a big knot in the end
9. Thread on your hearts.
10. Space your hearts out on the thread and make a loop for hanging at the top. All done!
This garland looks lovely hanging from a door knob, or make a long one and string around your Christmas tree. You could even try using different shaped cutters for a fun assortment of different themed garlands, stars, spots, or even little gingerbread men maybe?
I’m sure you will enjoy this project. Please feel free to leave any question in the comments.