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FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

Making A Waldorf Pocket Doll :: FREE Pattern DIY Tutorial :: Discovering Waldorf Education

It’s so exciting to find a budding new Waldorf Blog. Cathy, from the beautiful new blog Faith & String and shop Brambles & Blossoms is sharing her tutorial on how to make a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Please visit Cathy’s sites for other great Waldorf doll tutorials and to purchase the most lovely Waldorf dolls.

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I can still remember the very first Waldorf doll I had ever laid eyes on. She had beautiful sunkissed skin, brown curly hair and dark eyes that stole my heart. I was staring at her through the computer, and couldn’t believe that someone was able to create her using their hands alone. The magic of Waldorf dolls captivated me then, and has held me in its grasp ever since.

Six years ago I was a mama of 4 little boys under 6, (I am now a homeschooling mama of seven beautiful, creative, and energetic children all under the age of 12), and we longed for a more natural childhood for them. I loved the idea of supporting these incredibly talented doll makers that I found through my searches; however I also knew that I really wanted to learn how to make these amazing creations myself. There is something so special about watching your children fall in love with something you made with your own two hands. I spent so much time pouring over tutorials and photos, yet it was difficult to find a basic, simple tutorial for a Waldorf doll that had enough photos and the support that I needed to understand the techniques. I ended up buying countless patterns, and reading all I could on the subject. I practiced over and over on the couch while my children and I would listen to radio dramas, trying to get a good grasp on different skills and stitches. As I did this, the most amazing thing happened! The kids took up a love of handicrafts as I did, and loved to sit by my side hand sewing their own creations starting at the age of around 2. They were enamored with the little friends I was creating, and I really was falling in love with my journey of creation.

I formed my Waldorf doll company, Brambles & Blossoms, as I was making my first dolls. I loved making dolls, and loved sharing them with others! Truly though, I longed to be able to someday have the opportunity to teach others how to make these precious childhood friends for their own children. Over the next few years, I was blessed with another son and then two precious daughters who created an even stronger love in my heart for handmade dolls. I watched my sweet girls dote on the babies I made them, cuddling them and choosing them over all other toys. There is such magic in something made by a mama’s loving hands.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

Because of this magic, I decided I really needed to start a blog that would offer free tutorials and patterns for doll making, so other mamas would have the opportunity to create beautiful memories for their own children. On my blog, Faith & String, I have a completely free pattern and photo tutorial on how to make a 12” traditional style Waldorf doll. I wrote and offer this because I truly believe that a doll made by a mama’s hands is better than anything that can be bought, imperfections and all! But I always suggest that mamas start small to practice their technique. So I will give everyone reading a very simple and fun tutorial on how to make a small pocket doll. You would only need to use scrap materials, and the smallest amount of wool, but create a perfect little baby doll for your children to tote along with them!

 

FREE Pattern to make a beautiful WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL that she'll love forever.

 

These little pocket dolls are sweet and simple. They have no face, as it encourages open ended play and imagination, however you can add one if you wish!

 

FREE Pattern to make a beautiful WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL that s/he'll love forever.

 

PATTERN :

You will want to start by drafting a pattern for your doll.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 1 :   You can make a doll of any size, but for this tutorial we will be using a piece of paper that measures approximately 5″ wide and around 8.5″ in height. You will want to fold it in half so that the doll pattern you will cut out is symmetrical.

STEP 2 :   Taking you piece of paper above and fold it. You will now cut it in half, cutting a piece off of it that is 3.5″ high, which will leave a 5″ piece. The larger piece will be used for the doll’s body and the smaller one will become the doll’s hat!

STEP 3 :   Now comes the fun part! You can take your larger piece (the 5″ high one!) and draw a doll body shape. I chose a simple rounded body and pointed arms, but you could really draw anything! The creative options are endless!

STEP 4 :   Taking your other piece of paper (the one that measured 3.5″) draw a line diagonally across the paper. This will make a triangle when you cut it out, but if you prefer a different style of hat you can draw anything!

STEP 5:   Cut out both of your shapes and open them up! This is your pattern, and this is all you need to make your children some precious companions!

 

SEWING :

Now comes the fun part! You get to choose the fabric that you will use to make these little ones! I chose a quilters cotton which has no stretch. You can use knits, but the shape of your doll will be less firm (since the fabric will stretch). This isn’t worse or better – just different!

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

Before I explain each step of the sewing process in detail, here is an easy graphic that will help you get the flow of the project.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 1 :   You will now trace and cut out the fabric from your pattern. You will need two of the body pieces and one of the hat pieces.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 2 :   Place your body pieces right sides facing each other. Using your sewing machine (or hand stitching), sew the body all the way around, leaving the neck open. Since I used a non stretchy material, I used a normal straight stitch. However if you chose a knit fabric you will want to use a stretch stitch.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 3 :   You will also sew up the side of your hat to make a little cone. Turn both pieces inside out using something that is not sharp, like a chopstick, to push out the arms gently. Then you can set these pieces aside.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 4 :   Now we are going to form a head! You will take your wool and form a little firm ball with it about the size of a cherry by rolling it. Then, taking a little more wool in small strips, place pieces over the firm ball until the head is slightly smaller than the size of a ping pong ball, and fairly firm. Using cotton craft string, tightly tie beneath the head. It will resemble a little ghost!

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 5 :   Now, take a small piece of cotton interlock that is the colour you would like for skin tone. If you don’t have this don’t worry, you can use tea to dye a white knit t-shirt and get pretty nice results! You will need to fold the fabric (right sides together) with the grain going vertically. This will allow the stretch of the fabric to go across the face. Place the head beside the fold. Using a disappearing marker (or even a pencil), trace around the one side of the head.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 6 :   Sew along your traced line with a stretch stitch, cut out the head shape and turn it inside out.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 7 :   Now, carefully pull this head skin over your woolen head. Tie it again with your craft string at the neck.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 8 :   Now is the time to add a face if you wanted one. If you would rather not have a face, you will now add the hat. Pull the little cap over the head and using a ladder stitch, stitch it on making sure to go around the entire head at least twice.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 9 :   You can now set the head aside and pick up your body. Gently stuff it with bits of wool until it is as firm or as squishy as you would like. You can add some lavender along with your wool if you would like a gentle scented doll.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 10 :   You will now carefully push the head down into the body, and using your ladder stitch again, go around the neck to attach the head. Be sure to go around at least twice so that the head won’t accidentally come off.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 11 :   The next thing to do is to thread your needle with a colour of thread that matches your fabric. Beginning at the under part of one arm, secure the thread.

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 12 :   Go through the body to the under part of the other arm. Repeat this process at least one more time (using the same piece of thread) Pull tightly and tie it off. This is drawing the arms inwards slightly. You don’t have to do this step, but I find it gives a very nice shape to your doll!

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

STEP 13 :   Now the only thing left to do is lightly add blush to the cheeks using a beeswax crayon!

 

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

 

You are finished! Once you have made a few of these little ones, you will be ready to start making a bigger doll. You can find my free photo tutorial and pattern for a 12″ Waldorf style doll at my blog Faith & String. I really enjoyed spending this time with you!

~Cathy~

Cathy has a beautiful blog Faith & String and shop Brambles & Blossoms.  Please visit Cathy’s sites for other great Waldorf doll tutorials and to purchase the most lovely Waldorf dolls.

Here are some other Discovering Waldorf Education articles discussing Waldorf Dolls.

Discovering the Waldorf Doll.

Making Your Own Waldorf Knot Doll.

Dolls in Early Waldorf Childhood.

If you are looking for other meaningful Waldorf articles, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Education archives and the Discovering Waldorf Education Pinterest Board.

If you would like to read an article on a specific topic, please let me know in the comments below. If you would like to submit an article for Discovering Waldorf Education, please get in touch with me through the contact form… I’m always looking for new Waldorf content.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Tutorial Needle Felted Fairy :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Needle Felted Valentine Fairy :: Tutorial

Meet Valentina. She a Valentine Fairy. Isn’t she sweet?!

 

Tutorial Needle Felted Fairy :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I know you’ll want to make a gnome just like her, so I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial with you. Here it is :

 

Needle Felted Valentine Fairy Tutorial

 

Look at her pretty pink hair and her sweet gnome hat…

 

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Here are some of my other needle felting tutorials.

Here are some of my other Valentine’s Day crafts.

Happy crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Needle Felted Hearts Video Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Video Tutorial :: Needle Felted Hearts

Hi Friends,

I’ve tried something new for you today. I’ve conquered my dislike of hearing my own voice and I’ve made a video tutorial… mini needle felted hearts so that you can make some for Valentine’s Day too.

I even painted my nails for the occasion!

 

 

These are the beauties you’ll be making. I made mine in red pink and hot pink but I love them in bright rainbow colors too.

 

Needle Felted Hearts Video Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Soon, Kitty will be listing prints of her gnomes for sale. This granddad gnome is one of my favorites. I’ll keep you posted as soon as they’re ready.

 

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Hope you enjoyed the new project. I’ll be working on perfecting my video skills with new videos regularly.

For more Valentine’s crafts, click here :: Crafts for Valentine’s Day.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Sugarplum Christmas Pine Cone Garland :: DIY Tutorial

Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

We have the most delightful garland hanging on our mantle. We call it the SUGARPLUM garland and it gives our living room a perfectly fabulous holiday vibe.

It’s super-easy to make too… pine cones, white paint and colorful felt balls.

Lucky you… I’m sharing our DIY tutorial so that you can make this cute sugarplum pine cone Christmas garland too.

 

Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Here’s what you’ll need

Materials :

Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

  1. mini pine cones (picked up from nature or purchased here).
  2. colorful felt balls (find them here).
  3. white paint
  4. floral wire
  5. hemp string
  6. paint brush

 

Method :

Step 1

Give each mini pine cone a dusting of white paint.

 

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Step 2

When the paint is dry, wrap thin floral wire inside the tynes of each pine cone. Twist the ends of the floral wire together to form a loop and trim with scissors.

 

DIY Snowy Pine Cone Christmas Garland Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.comDIY Snowy Pine Cone Christmas Garland Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Snowy Pine Cone Christmas Garland Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Step 3

Thread hemp string through the loop you have just made with the floral wire. String each pine cone onto your garand.

 

DIY Snowy Pine Cone Christmas Garland Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Step 4

Add a little hot glue to each colorful felt ball and stick them onto the pine cones.

 

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Viola… the cutest sugarplum garland for your festive holiday decorating.

 

Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

If you are loving this felted sugarplum garland, I think you’ll love the other felted Christmas ornaments in The Magic Onions Shop.

Looking for more crafting ideas? You can find awesome needle felting directions on my Needle Felting Tutorials page, including this gorgeous felted acorn garland.

Here are some of my other fall and Christmas crafts.

And here are all of my crafting tutorials.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Felt Leaf Ornaments : Crafts for Thanksgiving

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Are you looking for a fun and easy crafting tutorial to make your Thanksgiving table look even more gorgeous this year?

These felt leaf ornaments will do it!

Here is a list of materials you’ll need :

 

DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

I used my good old Sizzix to cut the leaves from autumn-colored wool felt.

 

DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

If you don’t have a felt cutter, you can use freehand to cut leaf shapes with sharp scissors.

Thread the needle with the hemp string and push it through the felt ball (you can find felt balls here).

You might need pliers to help get the needle through if you felt ball is tightly felted.

 

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Tie a simple loop knot in the top of the hemp string.

 

DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Put a little glue onto the end of the hemp string and stick it onto the felt leaf.

 

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We have strung them along the fireplace and they look wonderful!

 

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Have you seen the other wonderful garlands in The Magic Onions Shop?

Looking for more crafting ideas? You can find awesome needle felting directions on my Needle Felting Tutorials page.

I think you’ll also LOVE my felted acorn garland.

Here are some of my other fall and Christmas crafts.

And here are all of my crafting tutorials.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Golden Geodes and Crystals : DIY Tutorial

 

I’ve been on an everything-looks-better-spray-painted-gold vibe lately.

I just want to spray paint everything gold!

Everything looks so gorgeous gold, don’t you think?!

Just look how these geodes and amethyst crystals look spray painted gold!

 

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Amazingly cool, yes!

You see, once you get the hang of spray painting gold, the sky is your limit! EVERYTHING can go gold!

This is how I painted them…

I needed :

* geodes and crystals

* washi tape (or masking tape)

* gold spray paint

 

photo of materials to make gold geodes and crystals

 

 

Method :

 

1. stick the washi tape wherever you don’t want the gold paint to go. I wanted to keep the crystals natural, so I covered them with tape, pushing hard to adhere the tape well to the places I didn’t want the paint to find.

2. Spray paint the crystals gold.

3. Peal away the washi tape and VOILA! your geodes and crystals are suddenly even more special than they were before.

 

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I’ve put them in a silver soap dish on the mantle. The look wonderful against the patina of the silver… shining and sparkling like magic.

Here are some other gold spray paint tutorials I’ve done recently :

Are you now hooked on gold spray paint too?

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

 

It’s always so amazing to see the gorgeous colors that come from natural dyes.

Each day of the week leading up to Easter, my kids get to choose what color egg to eat for breakfast. It’s become a super-fun family tradition!

I must say, I’m happy knowing that no artificial dyes are going into their growing bodies as they enjoy this fun.

Look at these bright colors we have achieved, totally naturally :

 

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Starting with the blue egg at 11 o’clock, here is what made each color – red cabbage (yes… that gorgeous turquoise came from red cabbage!), red onion skins (yellow), beetroot (orange), red cabbage, blueberries (almost black!), beetroot and blueberries.

Here is a detailed tutorial on how we dyed each egg :

 

How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

 

Happy Easter,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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No Sew Yarn Pom Pom Chick : www.theMagicOnions.com

No-Sew Yarn Chick That Kids Can Make

 

Are you looking for a fun Easter craft for your little ones?

They are sure to have fun making this yarn pom-pom chick.

Quick and easy and so much fun to play with when they are done.

 

No Sew Yarn Pom Pom Chick : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

The full tutorial is here :

 

Yarn Pom Pom Easter Chick Tutorial

 

Happy Easter.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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DIY Felted Easter Egg Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Felted Easter Eggs : Needle Felting Tutorail

 

I’ve been hard at work making magical felted Easter eggs for the Easter Bunny to put in my children’s baskets.

 

DIY Felted Easter Egg Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I’m thankful that, while they do get chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny, he also fills their baskets with lots of fun candy alternatives.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these sweet Easter eggs if you want the Easter Bunny to put them in your little one’s baskets too .

 

DIY Felted Easter Egg Tutorial

 

They are quick and fun to make and the delight on the children’s faces on Easter morning as they compare their eggs is wonderful.

Happy Easter

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Tutorial : Needle Felted Spring Nest

 

Spring has burst forth in full regalia here in Southern California. the trees are so pretty in their pinks and whites and magentas. And the birds have started to busy themselves building nests. 

Spring is full of crafting inspiration and we have been making pretty needle felted spring nests too.

One of the things I love most about needle felting is that it can be a wonderfully quick and easy craft. You can sit down with a basket of wool and be holding a delightful spring nest in your hands in just a few minutes.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

Equipment

 

Needle felting requires three tools :

 

  • wool roving
  • a felting needle
  • a protective foam board.

Wool roving looks a bit like cotton
candy. When the sheep is
sheered, the fleece is washed
and dried and then it is
’carded’ – brushed so that all
the knots and clumps are
brushed out and the fibers of
the wool all run the same way.
It is then dyed… any wonderful
color under the sun. This
roving can then be spun into yarn (for knitting) or it can be felted with a needle.

The protective foam board is not always necessary but it is definitely recommended when you are learning to needle felt. The needle is very sharp and if you don’t have a board upon which to steady your work, you will find yourself painfully stabbed more than once.

The felting needle is about 3 inches long. It is very sharp. The tip of the needle has a number of small barbs and it is these barbs that felt the wool. You can see the barbs if you look closely at the tip of your needle. The outer surface of each fiber of wool has tiny, microscopic scales on it. When the fiber is agitated, the scales hook into one another, forming a tighter and tighter mass. The barbs of the needle ‘grab’ the fibers as you stab it into the wool, depositing the fibers deeper. The little scales on the fibers lock together, ensuring that the fibers stay in their new place. By stabbing the wool hundreds of times you can shape the wool into any form you wish.

 

DIY Needle Felted Spring Nest

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

You will need :

  • green and blue wool felt (found online or at a craft store)
  • a needle felting needle (found online or at a craft store)
  • a foam 4cm ball (found at a craft store)

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

 

Step 1

Pull the green wool into a strip about the length of your hand, palm to fingertips, with a width the same as the tip of your thumb. Roll this strip of wool evenly around the bottom half of the foam ball.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

 

Step 2

Carefully stab the needle around the outside of the nest, poking the needle through the wool and into the foam. It is important to stab the needle in and out of the wool at the same angle. Changing the angle as you pull the needle out of the wool will increase your chance of breaking the needle as you work.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

Step 3

Evenly needle felt the inside of the nest.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

Step 4

Remove the foam ball from the nest by pulling it free. The nest will hold it’s shape but it will be very fuzzy. Using the protective foam pad, needle felt the nest, on the inside and the outside. The more you needle felt the nest, the less fuzzy it will become.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

Step 5

Pull the blue wool roving into a strip about the length and thickness of your index finger. Knot it in the center as you would a length of string. Fluff out one end of the knot, smooth it down over the knot and needle felt it evenly, rounding the end of the knot into a ball. Do the same with the other end of the knot to form a needle felted ball.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

Make three Needle felted eggs to put into the your nest.

 

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

Tutorial : Felted Spring Nest : The Magic Onions Blog

 

NOTE : For those of you who want to decorate your home for spring with your own needle felted nests, I have put together a DIY kit to make three spring nests in shades of green, available for purchase for $26 in The Magic Onions Shop : DIY Needle Felted Spring Nest Kit.

My children and I picked a few spring branches to put in a vase (here’s a tutorial for making our rainbow yarn vase). We carefully placed our needle felted nests in the twigs and added some feather butterflies for whimsy.

Beauty is all around us and inside us, all of the time.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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