Nov 18, 2011

DZ Doodles More Holiday Ideas to Re-create!

Hi Doodlers!

A handmade gift is the sweetest thing. Not fancy, just straight from the heart. I've gathered up some more holiday "creative ideas" that I've come across and freebie-fun images! The more I search for projects for the holidays the more I see things created using the felt fabric and buttons this season! 

Foam Board Creations are something I've always enjoyed creating ... and this 19" x 29" Foam Board Cabinet (2nd photo) step-by-step tutorial at Paper Castle will guide you through the construction of this awesome project! Whether you create yours as a 5-drawer, or 15, 20 or more, the finished piece is really inexpensive to make, decorative and lightweight but fun to use for storage ... jewelry, herbs in the kitchen, trinkets, etc.! I came across another design, not necessarily using foam board, but another idea using "cork" in the center to make it even more functional! It measures 13" x 13" and sells for about $42.00 and is made of press boards.

Poinsettia Coasters tutorial and PDF pattern by Deborah Schlegel at Art Threads is a quick and easy decorative accent piece to make and use throughout your holiday entertaining. And a set of 6 or 8 makes a wonderful hostess gift too! Using inexpensive felt fabric, which is easily hand washable, you can either machine stitch as she has done, hand sew, or even hot glue gun pieces together.

A mistletoe kissing ball adds a festive touch to holiday decor, and your kids will have a blast trying to avoid getting anywhere near it. DIY's Felt Design How To felt fabric makes it easy, quick and inexpensive to whip up a few of your own! 


Reindeer Noses packaging by Zoe Robson at A Personal Touch make it a fun gag gift to give and stocking stuffer. Give someone a bag of Christmas reindeer poop!


Thinking about doing a felt fabric ornament project? Spellbinders felt and button decorative ball may be the inspiration you (and the kids) need to design some for your holiday decor. You don't necessarily need to use the materials required to create the Spellbinders project, sometimes free-hand cutting is the funnest way to go! It's a great way to use up any scrap leftovers from other felt fabric projects. Just use your imagination!!


Becca Feekan at Amazing Paper Grace creates a card and matching box, and a video, to demonstrate how to re-create her hexagon box and lid. Although she uses the Spellbinders Hexagon Petal Envelope, which does the form cutting for you, I came across some hexagon templates cut-out using scissors or craft knife that you may like to use instead to get a similar design. Just click on the images to enlarge. Right click your mouse on enlarged image and "Save As..." to your digi folder. 


Ladies Home Journal gingerbread House is labeled as "easy" and given that is starts off with a stove-top gingerbread dough, I think perhaps they are on to something. Find the slideshow HERE.

People around the world are discovering a love for felt-making.  Learn all about working with fleece roving that you can find online or in almost any craft store.  You will learn how much fun it is to work with this palpable product and suitable for all ages and level of crafters. There are 25 appealing projects in “Making Felted Friends” illustrates how creative it can be working with this colorful medium using wet and needle-felting techniques.  You will find a new and exciting artistic outlet for yourself. From cats, dogs, and penguins to snakes, dinosaurs, and monkeys, all the favorite animal friends are covered. Most start with a simple armature, which is wrapped with fleece roving. Then, with the addition of a bit of soap, water, and elbow grease, most projects can be made in several hours. Felting invites embellishment, and these projects make the most of it with brightly colored spots, stripes, spikes, and beaks that offer the imaginative crafter opportunities for sculpting one-of-a-kind creatures. This book comes just in time to make some of these fuzzy felted friends’ a perfect toys as holiday gifts or add a decorative touch to a tabletop or mantel display.  Gift this book as gifts or kept for your own inspiration.


Felt fabric "Blanket Stitch" step-by-step corner and two pieces together.

More project ideas coming soon!
Diane :0)

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