Nature Napkin Ring :: DIY Tutorial

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

The kids and I have made napkin rings for our Thanksgiving table.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Our Thanksgiving table will be nature-inspired and these twig and oak napkin rings will look wonderful.

 

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home is where the heart is
So let this heart beat strong
May everyone who enters here
Rest in knowing they belong
May the sound of joyful laughter
Echo sweetly through each room
From the moment sunrise floods the Earth
To the rising of the moon
Then into the quite moments
Of each evening may you hear
The whispers of the angels
Singing softly in your ear

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We used twigs we found outside, felt leaves (make them or purchase them here), wooden napkin rings from the craft store, felt acorns (make them or purchase them here), hemp string from the craft store and glue.

 

Tutorial :

Measure the twigs against the napkin ring and cut the twigs about double the length of the rings. You’ll need quite a lot and, luckily, kids love to help.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Glue the twigs all around the outside of the wood napkin ring. I find glue from a hot glue gun works best as I’m not so great at waiting for school glue to dry.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Glue the end of the hemp string in the middle of the twigs and wrap the hemp string around the napkin ring. Glue the end in place.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Glue a felt leaf onto the hemp string.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Glue the felted acorn to the felt leaf.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We love our nature-inspired napkin rings. Our Thanksgiving table will be orange and yellow with felt leaves, acorns and straw flowers strewn across the tablecloth.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We have introduced a new tradition this year. I’ve asked everyone, kids included, to prepare a poem or reading about being grateful or something that inspires gratefulness.

Kitty has a lovely poem prepared, I haven’t found mine yet and Teddy is going to recite the blessing he says before lunch at school every day :

Blessing

For the golden corn
For the apples in the trees
For the golden butter
For the honey from the bees
For fruits and nuts and berries that grow along the way
Dear Father Sun and Mother Earth
We give our thanks this day.
Blessings on our food and Peace be on the earth.

 

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

We are so excited to have our dear friends with us for this special day.

Here are some of our other Fall inspired crafts.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial

 

A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

It’s still one of my favorite wreaths of all time and Kitty and I think we’ll make one for our own door this year.

Here’s our tutorial on how to make it.

 

Materials :

 

  • * wool roving in rich fall colors (found on Etsy.com)
  • * a foam wreath form (found at craft stores)
  • * a needle felting needle (found on Etsy.com)
  • * soap detergent and warm water
  • * green felt (for a leaf)
  • * sewing need and green thread
  • * real acorn cap (picked up in nature or found on Etsy.com)
  • * glue

 

Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Method :

 

Arrange your felt roving in long strips in the order you’d like them to appear on your wreath.

 

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Wrap each strip around the foam form, making sure the colors overlap a little on each side. It’s important to attach (through the process of felting) the color strips into each other so that they remain in their place when you come to wet felt the wreath later.

 

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Using your needle felting needle, gently poke the wool all around. Poking the needle into the foam is fine.

 

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Pay particular attention to the ends where the colors overlap and needle felt the overlapping wool firmly into the underlying wool.

 

Felted Autumn Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

When the entire wreath is covered with wool roving, take it to the sink to begin the wet felting process. Start with a small section. Wet the wool SLIGHTLY with warm water… you don’t want to use too much water at this early stage as the wool will loosen and come off the wreath.

Put a dime-sized amount of dish-washing soap onto the wool and begin to massage it gently. Pat it, rub it, kneed it… gently at first and then more vigorously as you feel the wool tighten around the wreath form. Add more water. Add more detergent. Your intuition will tell you when to wet the wool more and when to add more detergent. Slowly, slowly… we can’t rush.

Continue this wet felting method all around the wreath.

Once you feel that the wool has tightened around the wreath sufficiently, you can start felting it more vigorously. I find that using a ‘Chinese bangle’ (as my daughter, Kitty, calls it) works really well.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

When you feel that the wool has felted firmly around the wreath, rinse it thoroughly, making sure to get all of the soap suds out of the felted wool.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Set it in the sun to dry completely.

Now let’s make the adornments.

Cut out the shape of an autumn leaf on a piece of paper.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Pin it to the green felt and cut around the edges to make your leaf.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Thread the sewing needle with green thread and finish the felt leaf off nicely by sewing a pretty border about a quarter of an inch inside the outside edge of the leaf.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

For the felted acorns, make  small felt balls in fun acorn colors. If you need a tutorial to make felted balls, follow this tutorial that shows you how to make small eggs… making the tops of the acorns is exactly the same.

With a little glue, stick the felt balls in to the acorn caps.

If you prefer, you can skip this stage and purchase the acorns (or the felted balls)  in the colors you desire in The Magic Onions Shop.

 

 Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With your needle and thread, sew the leaf and acorns in place on your dry wool wreath.

 

 Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Voila! The prettiest felted fall wreath for you door.

There seriously is something magical about the felling and texture of wool felt… it glows with such a natural spirit and fills your room with a rich, organic, essence.

 

 Wet Felted Autumn Wreath with Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 Wet Felted Autumn Wreath with Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

If you are in love with needle felting, as I am, I have many DIY needle felting kits available in The Magic Onions Shop… try your hand at making felted hearts or pumpkins or a myriad of other creations.

Happy fall crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Felted Owl Mobiles

Look what I’ve been up to… I’ve been working on felted owl mobiles for The Magic Onions Shop? I love them! They are so cute. They bring their special brand of woodland magic to any kids room. Kitty has a yellow one in her room and it looks utterly adorable.

Each owl sits on a real twig perch with a pretty little colorful balloon to add fun and whimsy to this magical mobile.

Cutest owl mobiles in town : Needle Felted from wool : www.theMagicOnions.com/shop/

Owl mobiles in all shades and sizes can be purchased from The Magic Onions Shop.

And… in September, each order I receive in the shop will receive a special gift of a pack of 6 colorful felted acorns.

beautiful felted acorns in the Magic Onions Shop : www.theMagicOnions.com

I’m also working on a line of woodland animal ornaments for Christmas. I’ll show you all when they are ready.

Having my shop at last is so much fun!

Blessings and magic,

Donni