Friday, December 23, 2011

No Sew Felt Flower Pin

Need a last minute gift? Make this no sew felt flower brooch.


1/8" yard of felt for flower
Pin backer
Hot glue gun

  1. Print out the pattern below and cut out 14 petals, 1 pin cover and 1 base from the felt. (Use the scale to make sure the print out is the correct size).
  2. Take a dab of hot glue and place it at the bottom middle of the petal and fold down the right hand side. Place a second dab of glue in a similar area and fold the left side so it forms the shape below. Note the concave edge of the petal is the bottom. Repeat step with the remainder of the petals.

  3. Take four of the petals and glue them on the outside edge of the circle backer in a north, east, west, south manner (like the points of a compass).

  4. Take four more petals and glue them between the "compass" petals.

  5. Take the remaining five petals and glue them closer to the center of the backer, arranging them in a circle.

  6. Cut a strip of felt 12" long by 1" wide. Fold in half and place a few dabs of glue along the open long end of the strip to keep fold in place. Using scissors carefully snip "fringe" along the folded edge.

  7. Roll the fringe strip into a circle, using hot glue to tack it in place.

  8. Glue the fringe circle in the center of the petals.

  9. Turn over the flower and hot glue the pin to the center. Use the heart to cover up the pin back.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Recycled Package Topper

Ever get tired of the same ole bows on top of those presents? Well change it up a bit with this recycled package topper. This topper can be made from the card board rolls that you have left over after you have finished your wrapping paper and they are super simple to make.

1-card board roll (or paper towel roll)
White glue
Ribbon (long enough to fit around your package)
Scissors (I used both plain and fancy edged)
X-acto knife
Scraps of colored or scrap book paper

  1. Take the card board roll and flatten it. Measure out eight 1.75" wide sections and cut them.

  2. Put white glue on about a half inch of the bottom of one of the card board pieces then glue it to another of the card board pieces.

  3. Continue glueing the card board sections together to form a circular star.

  4. Cut a circle out of your scrap paper that is 2.5" round. (NOTE: I used scissors that had a fancy edge but regular scissors would work fine. I also cut a second 2" circle from another color and printed out a third circle with some holiday artwork but this is not necessary. Play around with different colors, patterns and textures of paper to get a look that appeals to you). Measure the area in the center of the star where the circle will cover and place glue on the edges and glue the paper to the center of the star.

  5. Cut a 2" circle and cut 2 slits the width of your ribbon on each side. Thread the ribbon through the circle.

  6. Measure the area in the center back of the star where the circle will cover and place glue on the edges and glue the backer with the ribbon to the back of the star.

Here is the finished product:

If you like the art I used for the center of my star, here it is an a few more, Happy Holidays!