I've been a little bit obsessed with crafting with felt these days, but is just so fun to use! I've got a couple of different ways to use these felt flowers that I shared awhile ago and the first one is this adorable felt flower garland using our DIY felt leaf garland. These would look so cute in a kids room or in a cute craft room.
You guys, parenting is hard. It's wonderful, but it's hard. I feel like I'm constantly trying to figure this little guy out and can never tell how to entertain him, what to feed him, what toys to get him, how to play with him etc. but we are trying to figure that out! I've been talking with friends and testing out new ideas and slowly but surely I think I'm figuring out how to entertain him (I don't know that I'll ever figure out the whole feeding thing. He is the weirdest picky eater.) Of course as soon as I figure it out though he'll be ready for new things. The adventure of parenthood.
Emmet has been loving playing with this little plastic animals lately. He dumps them out of the basket and fills it back up over and over. So as I walked around my floors covered in plastic animals and I started to think... "how could we make this educational and a game so that I don't go completely crazy?" And I decided it would be super fun to make a sorting game! I won't like to you and say that Emmet gets it yet. It is still probably a little out there for an 18 month old. But we are starting to talk about and play with animals and I figured we can work together on this one. Instead of sorting the animals in these photos, being his first time seeing this new game/toy, he played with the berry baskets. The ever so classic give a child a toy and they play with the box scenario.
This game is super easy to make though AND it comes with a free printable of illustrations by yours truly! Enjoy!
We're all about felt these days and the different ways to use it for nursery & children's decor! I made these felt flowers to go on our felt leaf garland, but they can be used for so many other things too! I love them because they are completely customizable. I'm sharing a DIY for a basic felt flower and four variations below. You can cut your pieces into different shapes and sizes though so that they work for you! In the next few weeks I'll share how to make headbands, wreaths, and garlands with them, but for now here is how to make the flowers themselves!
Step One: Cut out six petals. Mine were approximately 1x1.5 inches, but the sizing can be adjusted for how large or small you'd like your flowers to be.
Step Two: Cut out a 2 x 6 inch rectangle for the center of your flower
Step Three: Make your flower center. Fold your 2x6 rectangle in half and hold in place. Cut along the folded edge 1/2 inches in and approximately 1/4 inch apart.
Step Four: Roll up your flower center, keeping it folded in half, squirting hot glue as you go to hold it in place.
Step Five: Glue on your Petals. Squirt a line of hot glue along the bottom edge of each petal and carefully press and hold it onto the bottom of your flower center. Glue on one side first then on the other to keep it symmetrical. Rotate as you go so that the flower looks even when finished.
What will you use your felt flowers for?
(more variations below, click "Read More")
Plastic Animals in Party Hats (DIY here)
Two 10 inch round cake pans
Two 6 inch round cake pans
Four Boxes of Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake
+ ingredients from box
6 cups Powdered Sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
When I first started thinking about Emmet's birthday party MONTHS ago, it started with this cake as the full inspiration for the party. I knew I wanted to put plastic animals on the top and of course put party hats on them... because its for a party and what party is complete without party hats? I made the animals and their hats long before the actual party (find the DIY here) and stuffed them in a box and anxiously awaited the day I could finally make the cake to go with them.
To make the cake I followed the directions on four boxes of Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake Mix. I then poured the mix into two ten inch rounds and two five inch rounds. One for larger cake and one for Emmet's smash cake and baked them. Super important! Make sure to THOROUGHLY grease the pans before pouring the cake mix in, and I mean thoroughly. We greased ours pretty well with a stick of butter and it still stuck to the pan. In a few places. I almost lost my mind but we were able to piece it back together. Naked cakes look best though when it doesn't look like someone jig-sawed the cake back together. We just turned the ugly parts to the back... Life isn't perfect.
Once the cakes were done (the toothpick came out clean) I took them out and let them cool completely. While they were cooling I mixed the icing by placing all of the ingredients into my mixer and mixed them until smooth. I ended up playing with the recipe a little until it was the consistency I wanted, I knew I wanted it to drip down the sides so I added a little extra milk. You could always add more powdered sugar so that the icing is a little thicker and doesn't end up dripping.
I then carefully cut the top off of one of the rounds so that it was a level surface and placed it top down on my serving dish. I then spread a thick layer of icing on top, avoiding the sides as much as possible. Then I carefully placed the second round on top with the top facing up and spread icing on top as thick as I could, letting it drip down the sides in a few places.
I waited until just before party started to place the animals on top. They had a tendency to sink and tip, so I found that waiting helped it look better. I placed a few animals on with the taller animals in the back, and then surrounded them with tiny mushrooms. I love how it turned out, even with the broken cakes, and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks Betty!
I made three of these felt leaf garlands for Emmet's birthday party and I absolutely loved them! I fell in love with leaf garlands last August at my friend Erin's wedding. She had leaf garlands made for the centerpieces on all of her reception tables and they were absolutely gorgeous. So, I thought it might be fun to do a whimsical nod to them for a child's birthday party, PLUS they would look super cute hanging up in a nursery or child's room. They were so easy to make and didn't cost very much at all! Read more below.
To make these I cut my felt sheets into 20 equal sized pieces (approximately 2x4 inches each). This allowed me to cut out many leafs at once AND make the most of my felt sheet. I then cut four pieces at a time into football or leaf shaped pieces until all of my leaves were cut. How many pieces you cut will depend on how long you want your garland and how close or far apart you want your leaves to be. I cut out approximately three sheets for a 5 foot garland.
I then cut my waxed craft cord to the length I wanted (I cut ours 5 feet long) and began gluing on my leaves. I used hot glue so that leaves would be secure. To glue, simply apply hot glue to one end of the leaf and fold the leaf in half around the waxed craft cord starting on one end. Then repeat with more leaves placing them a half inch or so behind the first until the entire cord is covered.
I used ours as a garland behind Emmet's high chair and behind the food table at his birthday party. Plus it made a really cute table runner surrounded by the party animals, made here. They would look so cute hanging up over a dresser or a crib in a nursery or hanging from the top bunk of a set of bunk beds!