I was trolling Pinterest recently for things I could make to go with Henry's teepee and I came across this adorable felt campfire! It was really easy to make and I can barely sew a straight line, so don't be intimidated if hand sewing is not your forte!
I used regular felt from the craft store and embroidery floss in complimentary colours. I wanted each flame to be different so I didn't use one template, I just drew the outline for each flame in chalk, cut it out and then traced the bigger flame onto the piece of felt I would use for the smaller/inside flames so I would know the shape they would need to be. Make sure you cut two pieces of each large flame as one will be used for the back.
When I had the 3 shapes for each flame I sewed small flame to the medium and then sewed the medium to the large and then sewed the back onto the large flame leaving a gap so I could stuff it. When the three flames were complete I just sewed them together.
The logs were easy too and all three are different. For each, I folded the sheet of brown felt in half lengthwise and drew the shape of the log with chalk and then cut it out so it would have the front and back exactly the same. I then drew the bark designs I wanted and sewed along them with embroidery floss which was the same shade as the felt I would use for the ends of the logs. After this was done I attached the front and back of the log by sewing together both sides, leaving the ends of the log open.
Next, I needed to make the ends of the logs in the lighter felt. I just turned the sewn log onto its end and traced around the log end to make the right sized circle. Cut out the circle and the sew concentric rings in the matching lighter floss and repeat for the other log-end.
Sew one log end onto the log and then stuff the log before attaching the second log end.
I decided to make some rocks for the fire to sit on and these were made exactly the same way and took about 7 min each!
Don't you love making things that can be used for one application and then repurposed? This feather garland is the perfect project as it can be used in lots of different ways like décor for weddings, nurseries, parties etc. and best of all, it's so quick and easy to make! I made mine to put around a teepee I'm making for Henry, but until that's finished I've hung it on the mantle in the living room and to be honest, it's so pretty it might just stay there for a while :)
What you'll need:
Feathers! I found mine at Plumule Feathers on Etsy
Paint: I just used gold acrylic paint that I already had and it worked well.
String, twine or ribbon....whatever you want to use!
Glue gun and hairspray (both optional)
I applied the paint to the end of the nude colour feathers with a paintbrush and then used my fingers to "feather" it out toward the middle so it gave a slight ombre look.
Gently sprinkle the glitter on the wet paint. Repeat with all feathers and then let dry. I gave them a light spray with hair spray to help secure the glitter but this isn't necessary.
I attached the first feather in the middle of my twine and worked outward spacing them 9 inches apart. I just tied a knot around the stem and secured it with a dollop of hot glue to ensure they weren't going anywhere. And that's it! Enjoy :)
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