I know it’s the day before Christmas, but I just had to share this ornament idea! You know, just in case you need a fun little project to keep the kids entertained.
I made a bunch of these little felt tree ornaments and they take no time at all. They are so fast and easy, I think they'd make a great project for kids.
I cut ½” x 14¼” strips out of wool felt (regular felt works too). I could also see this working with ribbon or two layers of cute fabric fused together.
Hole punch eight little holes down the length of the strip. I spaced them out as follows: the first hole is 1” from the left end, then mark 2½” from the first hole for the second hole, then another 2½” for the third, the fourth hole comes 2 ⅛” after that, and the fifth another 2⅛” from the fourth. Then the sixth is only 1½” from the fifth, the seventh is 1⅛” from the sixth and the eighth is 1” from the seventh. This should leave you with about ¼” at the right end.
If you do not have a tiny hole punch, you could poke holes with a large gauge needle and that would work to “pre-poke” the holes for the wire that comes next.
I cut about 6” of wire and used needle nose pliers to curl one end under into a little coil.
Next, string your “trunk” bead onto the wire, making sure the coiled end is big enough to hold the bead on. Then, put the wire through the first hole with the 1” tail out to the side.
Now, add another bead and put the wire through hole number two. Keep alternating beads between each hole until you have the wire through the last hole.
Clip the excess wire off about ½” from the top of the tree. Curl it over to create a wire loop.
Finally, string a length of twine through the wire loop to create a hanger for the tree. These take no time at all and before I knew it I had three done.
My original idea was for Christmas ornaments, but these would make cute embellishments on gift wrap as well!
Merry Christmas everyone!
'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stockings weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins had turned into dreams.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic, the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.
Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.
She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!