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Needle Felted Holiday Gift Pouch DIY
Hey friends! I've got a quick and easy tutorial today to help you personalize your gifting this holiday season. You can use this technique to add any design--I chose a snowflake for mine.

Here's what you'll need:
-Cotton drawstring bag
-Felting needle
-Small foam pad (make sure it fits inside your pouch)
-Small amount of wool (I've chosen the brightest blue shown for my snowflake)
-Ruler or straight edge
 Use your straight edge and pencil to make your main branches of the snowflake.  You can also just eyeball your felting and skip this step if you're confident in your line-making skills.
 Once all your lines are drawn, slide your felting pad into the pouch. 
 Make sure your design is centered over the felting pad.

 We'll be working with small amounts of wool at a time.  Pull off little chunks as you go.

 I like to "measure" my wool pieces by holding them next to the line I'm about to felt.  Keep in mind that it's easier to add wool than tear off extra or take it away.

Anchor the end of the wool piece with a few pokes of your felting needle and follow the length of the snowflake line. 

Tip: If you felt down a piece of wool but decide that you'd like to move (or remove) it, you can easily pull it back out--no worries.
 Once all your branches are felted, it's time to add the smaller branches.  Add a "v" shape to the end of each branch.
 Next add a larger "v" on each branch closer to the center.

 When making the adjacent lines, connect them where they meet in the middle.

 Continue to connect each "v" all around the snowflake, creating a beautiful diamond pattern in the center.

 Now is the time to tuck in stray fibers and clean up any super fuzzy lines.

 Carefully lift your snowflake design from the foam pad and remove the pad from the pouch.
You're finished! You can gently iron your design or leave it a bit fluffy.

Now stuff your gift pouch full of goodies and share some joy! Let me know if you give this diy a try, and have fun!

A Quick Fall Themed Tutorial - Needle Felted Acorns

Hey guys! I sent a poll to my Art Letters mailing list asking what types of tutorials I should make.  Needle felting acorns was mentioned in the comments, so I jumped right in to making a quick video for you! 

You can do this with any size acorn, but the cap can't be too shallow, otherwise the wool won't stay in.  The acorn cap needs to resemble a deeper bowl. Let me know if you have any questions.

PS: If you have a suggestion for a tutorial or course--if there's something you'd really like to learn how to felt--leave a comment and tell me about it!

My Maker Faire Experience
The Tulsa Mini Maker Faire was last Saturday.  Maker Faires are so different when compared to a traditional or indie craft shows.  It's basically like a giant show-and-tell, and if you make something (anything) and want to show it off or teach others how to do it, these are a great place to do so.  This is the second year for the Mini Maker Faire in Tulsa, and it's my second year to do it as well.

What I enjoy most about the maker faire is that I get to teach others and demonstrate how needle felting works. And by the end of the day, we have a collaborative painting that faire attendees have contributed to! (You can see the in-progress needle felted painting of food below in the last photo. Also, I'm really good at making awesome faces when I'm talking and having my photo taken at the same time.)

Having experienced the Maker Faire again and enjoying a day of needle felting demonstrations and selling DIY kits and supplies helps me to realize that I really want to teach this stuff!  If you are local-ish to the Springfield area and would be interested in doing a workshop of some kind, let me know.  Leave a comment or email me (goodnaturedbydani AT gmail DOT com.) 
Cupcake Toppers DIY

I've had this idea for a cute DIY for a long time now, and I'm glad that I've finally had time to create it!  These needle felted toppers are super easy, and it's a really fun way to jazz up some cupcakes.

You'll need these supplies:
--wool in your chosen color(s)
--felting needle(s)
--felting foam
--floral stem wire (I used 18 guage)
--wire cutters.

Ball up your wool to the approximate size that you'd like your balloon topper to be.  Hold the ends of the wool fibers together--these will be the bottom "knot" of the balloon.   Start felting the top into a rounded shape.

Once the rounded part of the balloon is to the desired firmness, start guiding the loose end fibers toward a point.  Keep felting and tightening the fibers, but leave the very ends loose.

When you have a good balloon shape, it's time to make the "knot".  Gather the loose ends with your needle and felt them into the center of the "knot."  You'll end up making a ring around the base of the balloon.  If you need to, you can felt around the top of the ring to make the "knot" a little more defined.

If there is not one already, make and indention in the middle of the ring.  This is where you'll insert the floral stem wire.

To insert the wire, hold the balloon firmly and twist the balloon back and forth while pushing in the wire.  Make sure you don't push the wire all the way through the balloon.  If you keep your fingers at the top of the balloon while you're doing this, you'll be able to feel the wire when it's close to the edge.

 Now it's time to make your wire look like a string.  Carefully bend it without making any angles.  I used my thumb and forefinger to hold the wire and pushed my thumb into the wire to slightly bend it. 

Now you can make as many as you need.  The balloons will slide off the wire, so be sure to handle them by their "strings" only.  You could add a dab of super glue or hot glue to the wire at the base of the balloon to make them a bit more secure.  Just keep in mind that gluing fibers is tricky. 

Let me know if you try this out! I'd love to see photos!!


St. Patty's Day Brooch DIY
If you need to avoid pinches this St. Patrick's Day, this is an easy needle felting diy for you!

You'll need a few supplies: felting foam and needle, wool, sheet felt, scissors, pin back, glue gun, embroidery floss and needle for embellishments.

I freehand needle felted  a shamrock shape onto my sheet felt.  You can always draw yours first with some chalk if you need to.

It might be a bit fuzzy on the back.  That's okay--we'll trim and cover it up later.

Decide what shape you want your brooch to be.  I wanted a scalloped look, so I started with a circle and then cut out my design.

I then added a bit of embroidery detail to the felt.

My brooch needed a little something more, so I felted some dots into the edge. At this point I trimmed the fuzz on the back.

My brooch needed a little something more, so I added some felted dots to the edge. I trimmed the fuzz on the back at this point.

I cut another piece of felt to glue to the backside, then I glued the pin back onto the brooch.  Be mindful of the direction of your pin back as you attach it.

All done!

Here's a few other ideas for you. The possibilities are endless.  Each of these brooches took me twenty minutes tops--easy peasy!!

Let me know if you make something like this! I'd love to see it!

Felted Ball Garland Tutorial
Last year, I shared this DIY on Heather's blog. It's been a while, so I thought I'd give it another round here on my blog. Enjoy!

You'll need:
Wool roving or batts
Felting Needle(s)
Large sewing needle
Embroidery Floss

I'm a sucker for rainbows, and I'm longing for some Spring-y colors, so I chose lots of bright wool for my garland.

Decide how big you want to make the balls.  Keep in mind that you they can't be any wider than your sewing needle, otherwise you'll lose your needle in the ball as you thread them up. :)  Compact the wool in your hand to determine how much of the roving you'll need for the size balls you want. 

 You can go ahead and divide all of your wool into this amount if you want.  It certainly does not have to be exact.

Time to felt! Grab your felting needle and foam.

Keep your ball compacted, and carefully begin to shape it with your felting needle.  (If you've never needle felted before, here are some tips:  Always felt on top of some kind of foam. The needle will go through your wool, poking into the foam as you felt. Never look away and always be mindful of where your fingers are. These needles are sharp and barbed, folks. It hurts when you miss...)

 As you poke, the barbs are compacting the wool fibers.  So, turn the ball as you poke, making sure to cover the entire surface.  The more you felt, the smoother and less lumpy your balls will be. 

Voilà! Just a *few* more to go.

After you've felted to your heart's content, now decide what order you want to string up your balls.  To go with my rainbow wool, I thought it would be only fitting to use some rainbow embroidery floss.

The wool provides enough friction on the embroidery floss, so you shouldn't have to secure each ball in place. 

To finish off your garland, you can tie small loops at each end or leave the floss a little longer to wrap it around a nail, depending on where you will it. 

Hang it up and enjoy your wooly decor!

Let me know if you try this--I'd love to see pictures! You can share them on my facebook page. :)

A great weekend DIY for new jewelry!
You know how sometimes you see a DIY or get an idea for a project and you can't focus on anything else until the diy or project is done? Well, after I finished my felted pizza, I had another project already lined up.  My friend Holly, who blogs here, posted a super cute and easy diy for faceted stone stud earrings last week. I already had some Sculpey clay for another project that never happened, and I had some gold leaf, so this seemed like a no-brainer. I also saw a necklace on Etsy that I really liked last week that had faceted beads like these. So, I killed two birds with one stone.

Following her instructions, I made my faceted beads, and covered a few of them with gold leaf.  This was my first time working with oven-baked clay AND gold leaf, so I learned a few things.  For instance, don't laugh too hard with gold leaf flakes sitting in front of you, because, you know, they might become sparkling confetti.  The necklace that I liked had deep blue beads, so I used some acrylic paint to cover three beads.  I used mod podge to coat the gold leafed and the painted beads.  So far so good.  Hopefully they the mod podge will be durable enough.

Aren't they pretty!

Be sure to check out more of Holly's blog --she's got some great projects and recipes!!
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Felt Heart Tutorial
Hi friends!  If you're a novice needle felter, I've got a fun tutorial for you today!  And it's just in time for you to use it for Valentine's Day!

Let's make some Easy Peasy Felt Hearts!

You'll need some carded wool or wool roving in your chosen color(s), felting needles, and foam to protect your work surface.

The amount of wool you choose will determine the size of your heart.  I tear off a chunk and ball it up to get an idea of the size of the heart that it will make. 

Start with your wool fibers laying somewhat flat.

Fold over one side to make a straight edge.  Do the same to the other side.  Your goal here is to make pretty edges and a point for your heart.

Needle felt the edges that you folded over into the heart.  Make sure the fibers are firmly secured.  The more you poke, the tighter the fibers will become.  Now you should have some pretty edges and a point.

Now we need to make the rounded top of the heart.  Fold over the top to make pretty rounded corners.

Felt it down, and you'll end up with a funny looking triangle.

The last step is to make the little heart humps.  Using the needle, felt the valley of the top of the heart by poking in the same spot in the middle repeatedly.  The more you poke, the deeper the valley.

Give your heart a final once over with your needle, smoothing out any lumps or imperfections.

These are so pretty strung up as a garland, scattered over a table with some flowers, or sitting in a pretty bowl.  Have fun with these, and let me know what you do with yours!!
Front Door Face Lift
I've really been wanting to paint my front door.  The inside of my house is full of bright colors, but the outside is just a light blueish gray with white brick and trim.  We have lots of landscaping and flowers, but it needed some more color.  So I bought some purple paint! 

The before shot leaves a lot to be desired for a front door.  Pfff. White. Who needs that? Not me, I say.

I gathered some painting supplies: roller, small brush, paint tray, sandpaper, towels.  I gave the door a quick rub down with the sand paper and then made sure it was squeaky clean.  The worst part about painting anything is taping.  I hate taping.  But I did it anyway, like a good little painter.

 This is what one coat looks like.  Terrifying, right?

Two coats on the door looks a touch better, but not much.

Woohoo! Three coats! It finally looks good! 
(Like my doormat?  You can make your own with my DIY found here.  I did give it a little bit of a touch up this weekend.  The coir material was finally starting to wear out. You know, because we step on it and stuff.)

Here's the before and after shot together.  LOVE!

Is your front door a crazy color too?
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New project!
Ohmygosh you guys!  My husband and I just bought this 1974 Volkswagen Riviera.  Technically, it's his 30th birthday gift, only it's about four months early.  But you have to jump on good deals, right?! We are crazy excited about this.  It's in great shape, but of course needs to be prettied up a bit.  The body is only primed, so we get to decide what color to paint it. Oh, the possibilities!

 I can't wait to start working on the interior.  I foresee granny square blankets and cute curtains with a vintage touch and a retro picnic basket on the little table.  The top pops up into a bunk bed, and the backseat folds down into one as well.  The side panels on the inside have some maps glued to them, and one has a route traced onto it as if this little van once traveled across the states.  I sure hope so.  I also hope to create some new routes and adventures soon!