Friday, December 01, 2006

Felt Squares

This is not a tasty recipe. Nor is it for the faint of heart when it comes to crafting. It all started one morning over brunch at Avoca Handweavers in Dublin. Things have been looking a LOT like Christmas since Halloween here.
We don't have the Thanksgiving break to mark the time between holidays. Anyway, there they were!! Garlands, sparkling sweets, wrapped in cello, beads and big sequins!! (Stopping for a drool mop) I can do that!! A lot cheaper too!! Famous last words!!

I did have the squares at home. (Craft Central) So I got out the cutting board and whipped off a few strips of felt. Avery (daughter) thought that life just couldn't get any better than this. Glue, pink felt, sparkles... Does it?? They began to multiply, because ,Why make a couple, when you can make a Minion? I mean like the Ork army in Lord of the Rings. They just kept coming... More and more rolls. Will it ever end?

Kinda looks like sushi too! Anyway, sprinkle with sugar (clear plastic glitter) and wait for them to dry. That aerosol adhesive does a great job of sticking the glitter on, also sticks the rolls together! A mass of tacky felt with a hint of something toxic. WARNING - Do this in a well ventilated area or on a day when the wind isn't gale force. Leaves don't look good stuck to this.

Wrap in mini cellophane bags. (if you can find them) I cut my cookie bags up. Twist ends and secure with something, anything! Just secure them! Beads, you don't know how many beads are on a garland until you start stringing them... LOTS!! Ok, string 4, put on giant sequin, string another 4 and place sweet on with needle (provided you haven't put to much glue in the center and the needle won't go through) Lovely! I got tired of the bags and went for the open air approach to candy. I'm sure they'll have a thin layer of dust on them by January.

Ho, Ho, Ho. I'll pay the 12.99 next time. It was an adventure and a good lesson in making garlands.


Carol said...

No matter how muchwork, they look great and I'm sure Avery loves them
since they sparkle. I'll remember to forget the cello and just go for it.

Sara said...

You are so crafty, you crafty person you.They look good enough to eat

Cheryl said...

Very cute! And very much like the store-bought ones, but much more memorable I'm sure!

Leigh said...

This is very clever! A keeper of an idea.

Diane said...

that is sooo cool!

Jill Schaefer said...

Very cute!!!