Monday, December 12, 2011

Use Cookie Cutters to make Needle Felted Ornaments


I said I'd be done on with my Crafty Christmas Tree by the 15th, so it's getting down to the wire!

If you remember my felted garland turned out to be too short. After I lengthened it I ended up having some extra wool... which I definitely didn't want it to go to waste. So I used it and a cookie cutter I already had to make these cute little mitten ornaments.


I started with the mitten shaped cookie cutter, my needle felting needles, and mat.


Stuffed the cookie cutter full of wool.


Then needle felted until the shape started to hold together.


Once the wool starts to hold it's shape, pick up the cookie cutter and the wool, then flip it over and needle felt the other side.

When I was done felting I had a perfect little mitten!

Then made another so I had a pair.


Once I had a bunch of mittens, I decorated them by needle felting scraps of wool yarn onto the front.



The last step was to attach a piece of yarn between the pair and hang them over a branch on the tree.

You can use cookie cutters to needle felt lots of shapes. I've made starts and circles for banners before and they've turn out super cute!

These ornaments would also make great decorations for gift packages too! Just tie them around the bow and the recipient gets the gift plus a nice keepsake ornament.



I spent $5.00 on wool. That includes the extra I needed for the garland, the leftovers I used to make these mittens, plus a little bit of red wool I bought specifically to make the red pair. (I just had to have a classic pair of red mittens one the tree!)

So that leaves me with $5.27! And just a few more days to finish.

26 comments:

  1. These are AWESOME! I love the idea. Money well spent on the red wool, that pair is just perfect for the Christmas tree.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  2. Adorable. Great idea! Thank you for the tutorial and sharing. A wonderful present from a talented artist who is always thinking outside the box.

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  3. Damn but those are cute!! I have no idea what needle felting is but that is ok :-) I just like looking. Amazing as always!

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  4. Thanks so much Karah, Creating, and Michael Ann! Hope you all have a happy holiday season.

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  5. These are ADORABLE! And they're making me think about that box of cookie cutters in the cupboard... so many shapes to play with. I just adore how you connected your mittens with a string. Love, love love!

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  6. Absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing. I think they would make awesome brooches as well.

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  7. Oh Shaheen, broches are a great idea!

    Thanks Jane!

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  8. What is wrong with me! I came over last night, went completely crazy when I saw these, sent links to everyone i know, sent you an e-mail telling you how brilliant you are and even made two ornaments! But did i think, in my excitement to leave you a comment?

    When I received Diane's reply to my e-mail this morning I thought - what is wrong with me? Oh yeah - Christmas!

    There will be felted ornaments on my Crafty Christmas Tree my friend! I can't tell you how much fun i had making them. And I am here to say - this technique works great for more complicated shapes too! OMG! Making a snowflake today!

    Thank you so much!

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  9. Saw this on Craft mag... such a great idea!!! LOVE IT!

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  10. Love! Especially the stripey ones. Nice work!

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  11. These are so cute! I might have to dig out my cookie cutters. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments. You can definitely use any of the pics you'd like from the ornaments I made. Thanks for the challenge idea, it was so great to be a part of. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  13. More ornaments!!

    http://galsandwine.blogspot.com/2011/12/metallic-macyver-saras-crafty-tree.html

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  14. We love needle felting. I'm always looking for new inspiration & this is kid friendly. Your little mittens look great. ThanX for the idea!

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  15. Thanks so much for all the nice comments! I really appreciate that you all take the time to visit and leave your thoughts! Reading them makes my day.

    : )

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  16. O.M.Freakin'.G.!!! You have NO idea how ecstatic I am about this!! (Well, okay, maybe all the exclamation points give you a tiny hint...)

    I'm here from Gingerbread Snowflakes, and really, this just is too brilliant. I can see using this technique for many different holidays (Hearts, Easter eggs, etc.).

    Thanks a bunch.

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  17. Thanks for coming over from Pam's blog Lynda! I've been thinking about making Easter Eggs with this ever since I made these mittens. It really does work for any holiday/occasion- since they make a million cookie cutters for all sorts of things!

    I would love to see anything you make with this technique! Please send me links or pics if you try it out.

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  18. This is so pretty!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now. (And red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/12/turquoise-lovin-17.html

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  19. What does needle felt mean?

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    1. Needle Felting is a method of felting where loose wool (either from a batt or roving) is felted using sharp barbed needles. The needles are jabbed into the wool repeatedly until it's felted.

      It's very easy to learn. This would be a beginner level project.

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  20. It is really such a new use of cookie cutter I have read. And I really like it.
    School Cookie Cutters

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