We have the most beautiful 7ft Noble Pine Christmas tree in our living room. It’s mostly bare at the moment as we add handmade ornaments to it as we make them. But, it is filling up fast with all of the Christmas crafting we are doing.
Today, Kitty and I made needle felted gingerbread men ornaments. We used a gingerbread man cookie cutter which makes this a great beginner needle felting project for children as the cookie cutter protects their little fingers from the sharp needle felting needle.
These are the things you’ll need to make these cute little fellows ::
1. A Gingerbread Man cookie cutter (found at craft stores)
2. A protective foam needle felting block (found at A Child’s Dream Come True)
3. Brown wool roving(found at A Child’s Dream Come True)
4. Black wool roving (found at A Child’s Dream Come True)
5. A needle felting needle (found at A Child’s Dream Come True)
6. String or thread for hanging him on the Christmas Tree
To begin, set the cookie cutter on the foam block.
Fill it with wool roving.
Now, holding the cookie cutter on the felting block, needle felt the wool inside the cookie cutter with your needle felting needle. Needle felt it until the wool is nice and compact inside the cookie cutter shape. Pay particular attention to the outline, making sure the hand holding the cookie cutter (or your child’s hand) is on the opposite side to the side you are working on.
We can add the ‘raisin’ eyes and buttons when the wool is nicely shaped inside the cookie cutter. Break off a tiny amount of back roving and roll it between the palms of your hands into small balls.
Place the ‘raisin eyes’ in place inside the cookie cutter and needle felt them into your gingerbread man.
With a needle and thread, make a hanging loop for your felted gingerbread man to hang on your Christmas tree… isn’t he cute!!!
Do you made any handmade Christmas ornaments this year?
Blessings and magic,