Sometimes children’s crafts can feel redundant. Materials like poster paints, construction paper and glue sticks tend to lead to predictable results. For a kid-friendly project beyond the usual, try wet felting, which combines wool, water, soap and friction into a fun new material.
For your first project, start with felted balls.
Felted jewelry. Turn your felted balls into art
you can wear. Decide whether you want to make a felted bracelet or
necklace and cut the piece of string, cord or ribbon to the
appropriate length. Thread a child-safe needle with the string,
cord or ribbon and use the needle to pierce each ball onto the
string. When you have the desired amount of felt balls on your
string, tie the ends into a bow.
Felted acorns. Plan an autumn nature walk to
gather up some fallen acorns. Carefully remove the tops of each
acorn. Match up your acorn tops with similarly-sized felt balls.
Dab a bit of craft glue into the inside of each acorn top and
insert your felt ball into the top (or adults can use a hot glue
gun). Let each acorn dry overnight. Gather several felted acorns in
a bowl as a fall decoration or hang each acorn from a ribbon and
use them as ornaments or gift tags.
Felted bird eggs. Use the same basic steps to
create more challenging projects such as felted eggs to display in
a bird's nest. Follow the basic felting instructions, with slight
modifications. When trying to create different shapes (other than a
simple ball or flat surface), use another item as the core to
maintain the shape. To make felted bird eggs, use plastic or
Styrofoam eggs. Wrap a piece of wool roving horizontally around the
egg shape. Wrap a second length of wool roving around the egg
vertically. Little hands will likely need some help with the
wrapping. Follow the basic wet felting instructions to turn the
wool roving into a continuous piece of felt around the egg shape.
Display your felted eggs in a bird's nest as part of a seasonal
For more wet felting project ideas, consult Complete Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 25 Great
Projects by Gillian Harris.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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