I have been organizing my art room and basement craft stash this winter, in an effort to purge what I don’t need, use what I have, and make room for cold day play with my kids. I discovered some fun unfinished projects in this process.
My mom gave me a couple bags of Hand-felted Wool Felt Balls a couple years back and I had made a few things with them, but they had mostly been pilfered by one of our cats as extremely entertaining toys. I also came across my recycled paper beads I had made during a paper making lesson I taught my middle school students back in North Carolina.
The beads are simply paper pulp squished into bead shapes, which then dry, and are coated in Mod Podge, Gloss Finish. I used a small drill bit and drilled holes in each paper bead, alternating them with the felted balls. The felted wool balls are easy to string as beads, just use a sharp needle. I also added a couple pieces of coral with holes in it, found on a trip to Key West. Now I just have to keep this necklace out of the reach of our cat – he has already nabbed it and dragged it down to the basement once. I am not sure what the allure of these felted wool balls are to him, but he cannot resist them!
Other things that have been keeping me busy – Christmas decor! I used some more of the felted wool balls to create a simple garland for the chandelier.
One of these days I am going to do something about that chandelier – I am still not a fan of it.
The mantle is decorated with my odds and ends.
We started a new holiday family tradition – picking up our tree via cargo bike! It was a chilly but perfect day, we biked to a tree lot just off one of the bike trails in town. Eric let me ride it back – it was a little squirrely to ride, but much easier than I thought it would be. Now our tree is up and decorated, though a little top-heavy – our youngest is still in the destructive phase.
My current favorite holiday decor – I finally got my deer skull hung up and decorated with a set of battery-powered lights.
What’s your favorite holiday decor or tradition?