Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Finally, A Felt Craft You'll Be Sure to Finish!

Crafting is tons of fun. Before I had a child, I had fewer craft ideas and more time. Now that I have Aias, I have more craft ideas and less time. Sound familiar? Because of this, I have a small bin full of elaborate craft ideas in various stages of completion.  I swear, I'm going to finish them... when I have the time!

I sat down yesterday morning to start yet another craft that would likely have gone incomplete, when Aias sat next to me, stuck his hand into a bin of felt scraps, and asked me to make him a train. Ok, I thought, I can do that.  Very quickly I cut out a train shape, added a few wheels, and TADA-  I was done.  Aias had a felt train in his hand in about 5 minutes and he could not have been happier.  I mean it, too, he was absolutely gleeful about this train. So of course, he asked for another, and another, and another. Before long, he had all of these:

 

I know, you won't find these posted on Pinterest. No one will be racing to buy them on Etsy. The circles aren't round and the edges aren't straight.  But you know what? Aias LOVES them.  And that's totally what matters. 

I was spending a lot of time creating crafts for Aias that I hope will turn out perfect, and in the end, I generally don't finish them.  These were like the fast food equivalent of crafts and yet strangely just as satisfying. 

After he was done with trains, he asked for these too:


He loves playing with them on a table and having them talk to each other and dance/swim/drive around.  He even took a square felt scrap and used it as a blanket to "tuck in" the heart and the robot.  Very cute.  The best part was watching him learn that these felt scraps can become something he likes if mommy (or him!) decide to make it so.  It was a really nice activity for both of us, whereas my crafting usually takes place when he's sleeping or otherwise occupied so that he doesn't "mess any of it up."

These are really easy to make, here's what you need:

-  Felt pieces or felt scraps (for felt stories I suggest soft felt, but for this project I used stiffened felt)

- Felt glue or felt pieces that have adhesive

- Scissors

- Optional: googly eyes, puff paint, glitter, etc

The pieces I used (pictured below) were $1 for a 1/4 lb bag of scraps.  90% of the pieces are stiffened felt and about 50% have adhesive on the back.  This made it incredibly easy.


Normally the felt pieces I make are more intricate and are made for felt stories, which are actually a teaching tool, NOT a toy for the kids to handle very much.  These ones are so simple and are good to give them so they can sit at the table and play around with them.  Even if they break them, they are easy to fix and because they took so little time and effort, it's not really a huge deal.

Have fun!

 




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