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Tiny Treasures- Quick Natural Gifts in 20 minutes or less…

This is the first in a seasonal series of projects and ideas for those little, quick-to-make gifts we so often need for the holidays. For planned or last minute occasions; for tooth fairies, pocket ladies, and winter fairs; for classmates, neighbour’s and host’s children; for advent calenders and stockings! Tiny treasures that can be made with a small amount of materials and a small amount of time- 20 minutes or less!

Our first tiny treasure are these magical needle felted toadstools, lovely for many occasions as gifts and as seasonal home decorations or a nature table.

Materials:

small amount (0.1 ounce- 3-4 grams) white wool roving and red wool roving -or color of your choice. A fairy dyed wool gives a lovely woodland effect.

felting needle

sponge

Use a piece of wool roving that is about the size of your hand. Roll it up so that it is about the thickness of your thumb, and about 4 inches (10 cm) long.

Needle felt all over one half of the length of the toadstool stem, turning it regularly to keep it round. Leave the wool at the other end of the stem unfelted.

Using a sponge as work surface is really helpful with these small crafts. Try to always be felting  with the sponge under where you are working- it can be tempting to pick up the toadstool and work with it in your hands, but this often results in more needle pricks- and they hurt!

Needlefelt the bottom of the toadstool stem by felting well into the end. Alternate working around the the stem, and flattening the bottom of the stem, until it is very firmly felted.

Wrap the red or colored wool around the unfelted part of the white stem. Be sure and cover all the white at the top of the toadstool. Add more wool at the bottom of the toadstool cap to create a conical shape.

Needlefelt all over the toadstool cap, turning regularly to maintain the shape. Work the needle well into the wool, to create a solid felted top.

Try working with the needle at diffrent angles to help shape the toadstool top-just always be sure to bring the needle out at the same angle as it went in. Felting needles are brittle and can break if angle is changed or used to pry the fibers.

Felt into the underside of the toadstool cap. Keep felting wherever more is needed to make a firm felt, making sure the needle is going right into the wool.

Add some dots to the toadstool cap by using the tiniest anount of wool, and just needling it right in the middle of the fibers- in the same spot. Most the wool will be drawn into the toadstool. Then you can felt in any stray fibers around that central spot. This creates a nice dot, without making an indent or crater in the surface.

Run over the surface of the toadstool with your thumbnail to remove any needle felting marks.  A tiny treasure, ready to be given and enjoyed!

Watch for more of our Tiny Treasures series- we’ll be featuring at least one new tutorial each week until Christmas,  plus other small and simple natural gift making inspirations.

GIVEAWAY

Please leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, November 22nd, and receive 4 years of Living Crafts! Your package will include all of our 16 quarterly issues starting witht he Premier Issue, Winter 2008 and ending with Fall 2011.  The lucky winner will be chosen through a randomizer, and announced following day.

 

We have a winner!

Patty P. Submitted on 2011/11/18 at 5:59 am

How adorable. These would be cute tree ornaments as well. Let me get my needles!
Thanks for the amazing creativity Living Crafts gives! The magazine is awesome.

 

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Nov 16, 2011 10:04 AM | 381 Comments

381 Responses to “Tiny Treasures- Quick Natural Gifts in 20 minutes or less…”

  1. Meagan says:

    I love felt, and I love mushrooms. Such a great pair… and a wonderful giveaway!

  2. Dhonna says:

    very inspiring, I work with felt fabric and have never worked with roving…the pictures make it look so simple with such sweet results

  3. Natalie says:

    Love the mushrooms~ so cute!!

  4. Carabeth says:

    Lovley tutorial, and beautiful colours. I am glad to have a place to point people to learn how to make their own mushrooms!
    I am very excited about the giveaway!

  5. Christine says:

    This looks so sweet! Generous giveaway! :)

  6. Heidi Crawford says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks!

  7. Katie says:

    I love these quick tutorials…and what a great giveaway!

  8. Cindy says:

    Looking forward to trying my hand at these mushrooms! I am crossing my fingers I am picked to win all of the back issues!!! I signed up for a subscription the other day and was wistfully looking at the option to purchase all of the back issues….I am so excited to start getting your magazine!

  9. Ashley says:

    I love those little felted toadstools! My family loves looking at all the fun ideas in Living Crafts! Thanks for the chance to win all those awesome back issues!

  10. amyjo says:

    Love what wool can do. Need to do this with my children. Just love it.
    Amy

  11. Shannon says:

    I love your magazine and the tutorials you offer on your blog – thank you! The little mushrooms are adorable.

  12. Lisa says:

    Great tutorial and awesome giveaway – thanks for the chance!

  13. Michaela says:

    Wow what fun, I am looking forward to all the 20 minute gift ideas, we are all so in need of. Can’t wait for more…

  14. cat says:

    I love this!

  15. Andrea says:

    how cutie!! grat craft for the garden or nature table!

  16. Anna says:

    Adorable little project! Thanks for the good tutorial.

  17. CeeC says:

    Thank you for such a great start to a series…I am very excited to see what other quick gifts you find! These mushrooms are beautiful and soon to be made.

  18. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for the instructions.
    Please count me in for a chance to win.
    Thank you.

  19. Elaine says:

    I love this magazine! It’s an oasis for a stay-at-home Mom who loves to craft.

  20. I would love to win these! Thank you for giving me a chance!

  21. Monica says:

    I am going to try these today! Thank you so much for the tutorial and the chance to win Living Crafts!

  22. Danielle J says:

    What an awesome giveaway full of inspiration! Thank you!

  23. kim says:

    cute mushrooms…..and great giveaway!!

  24. Julie says:

    I love these mushrooms!!

  25. Barb says:

    thanks for the generous giveaway!

  26. Helen says:

    how fun! I always try to felt something new on the weekend. These will be perfect!

  27. barefootmama says:

    Thank you so much! These are precious!! ~ Barefoot Mama

  28. Linda Meziere says:

    Oh my goodness, what a great prize! And I love the little gnomes and mushrooms. My sister just found some red with white spot mushrooms growing behind her apartment. I never knew they were real! I thought they were just the stuff of fairy tales…

  29. jayin says:

    love these ideas. can’t wait to start crafting

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