Another year, another fun DIY project!
If you’ve been following along, you know how much I love felting – https://www.notyourbasicbecky.com/diy-felt-poppies-remembrance-day/). It’s been a year since I first began felting and my passion for it hasn’t waned, if anything it’s grown stronger. Last year was challenging, but I learned so much about myself, life and the Universe. I learned that some things don’t work out (like grad school or friendships), for a reason-to learn a lesson and to realize what you do want. I am so grateful for those hardships, because I’ve grown so much from them.
I also learned to trust the Universe- that things will happen when they are meant to happen, and in the meantime to enjoy life to the fullest! I know that there’s a lot of amazing things in store for me this year and I can’t wait to take you all along for the ride! Saying that, I know that there are so many fun DIY projects that I want to create and share with you this year (and hopefully years to come)!
To kick off such a great year- let’s count our lucky stars, and create a felted star garland. If you’re new to felting- this is a great project to start with (it’s especially easy having a pre-made “mould” like a cookie cutter to use). The time consuming part is the number of stars you make and then sewing them onto a piece of ribbon. Once you have made the garland it’s awesome to sit back and admire such a colourful, fun project.
Here’s to making this year- the best one yet!
- Foam pad
- Felting needle
- Needle (to sew the stars on the ribbon)
- Ribbon (I used white but you can use any colour)
- Star shaped cookie cutter
To begin, gently unroll the wool- find the end and carefully loosen it from the rest (it should unroll mostly on its own). To help it, only pull it in the directions of the fibres and pull small amounts at a time. You’ll be surprised how much can be done with just a little wool. It’s easier to add wool than it is to remove it. Start with any colour of wool your heart desires.
Place the wool into the star shaped cookie cutter and being to gently pierce the wool using the felting needle-deep into the wool as well as all over the surface. Also use the foam pad for assistance.
Once you have felted your star from one side, you will have something that resembles the pictures below- the shape of a star but areas that are sparse and a star that is too soft to fully hold its’ shape.
Place the star (side that you haven’t felted- face up) back into the cookie cutter and continue felting for a more firmness. Don’t be afraid to add a layer (or two) for thickness. Continue until you have desired firmness and thickness.
Continue making stars- in different colours and shades.
Now it’s time for the tedious part- sewing the stars on the piece of ribbon. Make sure to evenly space out the stars.