To me, there is nothing more satisfying than combining a bit of nature, a touch of felt, and a few items from the recycling bin. With a jar lid, a cork, moss and a few easy-to-find craft supplies, you can bring a little piece of an enchanted, woodland forest inside your home.
*Bonus lesson* Show your kids that the stuffing and sewing technique that makes the mushroom cap is actually how pillows are made. Next on the craft agenda? Make a tooth fairy pillow, or pillow for a doll, or better yet, a lavender-filled relaxation pillow for mom!
1. To make the mushroom cap, cut a 31⁄2-inchdiameter
circle from red felt and a 3-inch diameter
circle from white felt. Pinch the red felt
so that the edge of the red circle overlaps about
1⁄2 inch on itself and glue in place. This will create
a wide cone shape.
2. Start stitching the edge of the red cone to
the white felt with embroidery thread. After
you have sewn about half of the circle, stuff
cotton balls between the red cone and the
white felt circle. Continue stitching all the way
around and knot the thread at the end.
3. To give the mushroom spots, cut 1⁄4-inch to
3⁄4-inch small white circles from felt and glue
them to the top of the mushroom.
4. Glue the cork to the underside of the
mushroom, and glue the bottom of the
cork to the underside of the jar lid, slightly
off-center. Glue moss all over the lid so that
it surrounds the mushroom stem.
5. To make the snail’s shell, cut a blue and a red
strip of felt, each about 3⁄4 inch by 5 inches.
Put one on top of the other. Roll them up and
secure with glue. The inside felt strip will end up being a bit longer, so trim off the extra tail.
6. To make the snail’s head, cut a single piece
of red felt, 1⁄2 inch by 4 inches. Roll it up and
secure it with glue.
7. To make the snail’s base, cut another piece
of red felt, 1⁄2 inch by 3 inches, fold each end
to the middle, and glue. Glue the snail’s head
to the end of this piece, and the shell to
8. To give the snail antennae, cut a 2-inch
piece of fishing line, fold it in half, and glue
the folded point to the snail’s head. Glue
the snail on top of the moss, under the
mushroom cap. Arrange pebbles around
the lid and moss if desired.
April 7, 2014|