Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Needlefelting is one of the easiest crafts to learn because it’s fun, it’s colorful, and it’s a great stress reliever too. With a needle punch tool and a little imagination, you can create whimsical DIY wall art project like this silly sunny daisy. Needlefelting is like painting with wool – try it, you’ll like it! Feel free to use this technique to get creative and design your own DIY art projects for your home.

Needlefelted DIY Wall ArtSupplies:

  • Felt sheets
  • Wool roving
  • Yarn
  • Needle punch tool
  • Foundation brush
  • White pencil
  • Embroidery floss and needle

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Start by drawing or tracing a design onto a sheet of felt with a white pencil. Place the felt on top of a foundation brush which is what you punch into. Then, pull off a few strands of wool roving to begin. A needle punch tool has five special barbed needles inside that work to lock fibers together as you punch straight up and down.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Little by little, keep filling in your design with more strands of wool. You can work with a single color or blend colors just like you’re painting. Tap each strand in with just a few punches at first, to make sure you like it. You can easily pull the wool up off the felt sheet if you change your mind. Once you like it, then punch more to lock it in. Don’t over punch though – or too many of the fibers will disappear beneath the surface.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Above is a picture of what the back side looks like – the needle forces the wool fibers through the felt. Lift your felt up off the brush every so often to reposition and to prevent all the fibers from sticking to the brush itself.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Outline your design in desired with a soft yarn and punch it into place. Accent your design with embroidery. I added an outline stitch in the center of each petal.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Now that your wool canvas has been painted, you have several options for how to display it. You can sew it to a larger felt or fabric panel, frame it inside a shallow shadowbox, or mount it on a wood plaque with a dry adhesive like fabric tape. Enjoy!

 

Comment below and let us know, what design would you make with needlefelting?

4 New Chalk Paint Projects! Cool2Craft TV

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This week, the Cool2Craft design team is sharing new chalkboard ideas! Join EcoHeidi Borchers, Tiffany Windsor, Candace Jedrowicz, and Savannah Starr for this week’s online episode.

EcoHeidi is crafting a Polka Dot Chalkboard Frame, Candace is creating a Chalkboard Message Board, Tiffany is making a Personalized Chalkboard Sign and Savannah is sharing Chalk Paint High Heels.

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV Channel right from your computer. Watch craft demos and join in the live chat at showtime at Cool2Craft.com. Monday January 14, 2013 – 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain/11 am Central/noon Eastern.

You can also check out all these cool project tutorials and videos at FaveCrafts.com!

 

Link Love: Specimen Wall Art

I’m back with another huge craft trend: specimen art! This is another great home decor project that even the least artsy-craftsy person can do. All you need to do is mount several of the same thing together–whether that be paper punched shapes or small objects from the dollar store–and frame them. Voila, a beautiful piece of art! Here are my faves:

  1. Cupcake Scrap Paper Art from Patches of Pink
  2. Burlap Bird Specimen Art from Housing a Forest
  3. Glitter Spider Art from Ameroonie Designs
  4. Zipper Specimen Art from Living with Punks
  5. Butterfly Specimen Art from Embellishing Life
  6. Valentine 3D Art from Blooming Homestead
  7. Cowboy Boot Specimen Art from Closet Crafter
  8. Shell Specimen Art from Free Stylin’
  9. Peep Specimen Art from Choose to Thrive Blog

Link Love: Embroidery Hoop Art

You know I love a good craft trend, so here’s a CRAFT TREND ALERT that I’ve been meaning to share with you: embroidery hoops on display as art! That’s right, people–the hoops themselves are being used along with whatever is inside them. These ain’t your grandma’s embroidery hoops…or maybe they are!

  1. Birdie Embroidery Hoops from Little Birdie Secrets
  2. Hoop Art Picture Displays from Take Heart
  3. Scrap Fabric Embroidery Hoop from Under the Sycamore
  4. Camera Hoop Art from Luzia Pimpinella
  5. Embroidered Table Numbers from Weddingbee
  6. Mixed Media Weather Hoops from A Bit of Pilli Pilli
  7. Embroidery Hoop Wedding Decor from Love and Lavender
  8. Obi Sue Kenobi from The Trouble with Crafting
  9. Stitched Messes from Little Dear Tracks

Don’t Break The Bank This Holiday Season

"12 Fun & Fabulous Mod Podge Projects" eBookThis year I’m on a tight budget.  I just moved into my very own apartment and am now living on my own.  I now have to pay my own bills, buy my own food and furnish my own space.  Needless to say, my friends and family shouldn’t expect big gifts this year.

If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend a ton on gifts but you want to show you care.  When I was a kid, I used to make my parents gifts ever year for Christmas.  One year, I made a scrapbook.  Another year, I creates coasters out of CD cases. These gifts may not have been the most polished gifts in the world, but they meant a lot to my parents and my dad still keeps my coaster on his nightstand.

That’s why I’m so excited about FaveCraft and Plaid’s “12 Fun & Fabulous Mod Podge Projects” eBook.  This free ebook is fantastic for a few reasons.  First of all, there’s an easy-to-follow tutorial on Mod Podge.  It’s really easy to follow and perfect for beginners like me.  Second, there are some really interesting projects.  I really want to make the Monogrammed Can Koozies (page 19) for my friends – they would work perfectly at an tailgate!  Also, the Live Laugh Love Colorful Canvases (page 21) would look great in my friends’ rooms and apartments.  This FREE downloadable “12 Fun & Fabulous Mod Podge Projects” eBook is perfect for the holiday season.

If you love Mod Podge or just want to make inexpensive homemade gifts, download “12 Fun & Fabulous Mod Podge Projects” eBook.  Each project has easy-to-follow instructions with pictures.  It doesn’t get much easier!

Happy crafting and, of course, happy holidays!

How to: DIY Decorating

When I moved home after college, my bedroom was a nightmare. The walls were painted in neon colors thanks to my outlandish teenage whims, and I still had a painting hanging up from when I was a baby (it involves teddy bears and balloons…). The blinds clashed with the paint (well, pretty much everything clashed with the paint, to be honest), my comforter was the same one I’d used since pre-school, and I had a T.V. from the dark ages  sitting on my dresser, complete with taped-on antennae. I’m still in the midst of fixing it up, but I thought I’d share with you some of the projects I’ve done and show you how easy it can be to transform a room on a budget. All you need is a little DIY know-how and some elbow grease.

  1. Painting: Always start with the paint. Why? Because it’s not only the cheapest way to update a room, but it also makes the largest impact. Don’t be afraid to take some risks with your paint. After all, you can always paint over your mistakes. I took the plunge and painted stripes on my walls using a chalk line and some painters tape.
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    You can even get creative with the paint on your ceiling like this blogger did with stencils. For a completely comprehensive guide to painting a bedroom, Dana from Made has got you covered.

  2. Embellish a lampshade: I used to look at lampshades as a necessary evil; they don’t do much except take up space. Now, however, I look at them as blank canvases upon which you can leave your mark. FaveCrafts has tons of lampshade refashioning projects to get you started.  I used this project to make my lampshade, and I’m thrilled with the results. It was really easy to do, too!
    LampshadeLampshade 2
  3. Make Wall Art: Decorating your walls is as simple as grouping some framed photographs together. Check out some fun project ideas for wall decor on FaveCrafts, especially this free eBook, Great Decor in a Flash. I used a decoupage project that involved wooden plaques, paint, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge.
    Mod PodgeWall Art
  4. Change up your bedding: Duvet covers are basically the best invention since, well, duvets. They cost much less than buying a whole new duvet and you can change them out at every whim. Or if you’re up for a challenge you can make your own! Pillows are one of the easiest things to make, especially if you’re new to sewing. I’m planning on making these two pillows from blogger Vanessa Christenson:
    Ruffle Pillow 1Ruffle Pillow 2
  5. Refashion your Furniture: I’m planning on delving into the world of furniture painting, and this tutorial has been very helpful. Of course I couldn’t neglect to mention decoupage as an option, since I’m clearly obsessed with it. If you want to turn a piece of furniture into your room’s focal point, check out these projects:
    Decoupage DresserIndia Inspired Bedside Dresser
  6. Whip up some window treatments: Right now I’m up to my elbows in ruffles as I attempt to sew my own curtains (I’ve got to cover up those clashing blinds!). I got the idea from this shower curtain project, and I actually used some tips from this T-shirt refashioning tutorial.

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What DIY Decorating projects have you done for your home? Check out FaveCrafts if you’re looking for more decorating ideas!

3 Days and Counting

It’s almost here! My fiance and I are moving into our first place together in three days! Can you believe it? With that said there are so many things to do, so many things to pack, so many lists to make….ahhhhh. Breathe! I have most of my things packed, except for all my last minute things, which is kind of a lot. But I can’t wait to decorate the new place. I’ve been wanting to make some of my decorations for the house, not sure what the “hubs” is going to think of that. I found a really cute daisy flower pot though that I would love to create for any room, even if it’s for one of the bathrooms. Daisies are perfect too because that’s what I’m planning on using for our bouquets for the wedding. Daisies just brighten up the room and make me happy. Another really cute piece I found was this chocolate flower wall art. I think we’re going to be painting our bedroom some kind of brown color like a Mocha maybe, so this would look great in there. I guess I’m getting a bit ahead of myself though. We still have to pack, move in, unpack, clean. Oy ve!

For more great home decorating ideas, check out Vintage Home Decor, Cute Kitchen Decor Idea or 4 Fun Decor Ideas for the Kid’s Room.

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