OK so here it is- my first ornament of the Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge. I'm so excited about it because the colors of this garland are going to tie my whole tree together.
It's made from about 82 felted balls. And for those of you who've made felted wool balls who are groaning at the prospect of making over 80 of them- surprisingly this was quick and easy.
I had a completed garland after only three afternoons! (2 of felting and 1 of stringing.)
For the little teal colored balls I needle felted.
For the larger green and white ones I used a hybrid method to make them. I started by needle felting them into rough spheres.
Then used the plastic container method (I blogged about here) to finish them.
In the picture below you can see the before after side by side. Just needle felting on the left and after wet felting on the right.
The result was a ball that felted very quickly (quicker than if I had used just one of those methods alone) but remained lighter and fluffier than if it had only been needle felted. Perfect for a garland!
Once they were dry I strung them together using red embroidery floss, a yarn needle, and some fabric glue.
Poking the needle through the center was easy- to my surprise I was even able to use a plastic needle.
As I strung them into place I found I wanted a bit of space between the felt to allow the red string to show. So I used a dab of fabric glue to secure each ball in place.
On both ends of the garland I made a loop with the floss. This should help secure the beginning and end of the garland onto the tree branches.
The entire garland is about 9 ft. long. I used $5.25 worth of wool (There's a bit of extra wool included in there if I need to make the garland longer). The embroidery floss was bought with a 40% off coupon so it was only $1.01. (I also have extra of that which I'll be using on some other ornaments).
Grand total was $6.26 which means I have $13.74 left in my $20 budget.
Although that's a pretty big chunk of my budget, I think it's ok because to me this garland is the foundation of my tree. It's a big punch of color and I think it's going to tie everything else together. (At least I'm crossing my fingers that's what it'll do)
If you want to join me on this Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge there's still time! Click over to this post and leave me a comment OR just send me an email.
$13.74 and a lot more ornaments to go!