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Merry Berry Christmas Garland DIY

Posted by Renae Bradley on 13 November, 2018 0 comments

felt ball christmas garland diy

Felt ball garlands are so easy to make -and a great way to add cheer to any holiday! In this specific garland we mix in some berry sprigs and wood beads (20mm) to make a festive christmas garland. 

Felt Berry Sprig

Let's get started on the cranberry sprigs -first grab your supplies:
-Wool felt in Evergreen, Meadow and Pistachio (also available in Benzie's Cranberry Felt Palette). 
-Felt ball berries in Cranberry, Foxglove, and Peony. We used a mix of extra small and medium size. Also available in our Cranberry Pom Palette
-20 gauge wire and wire cutters
-florist tape
-hot glue
-brown roving and felting needle (optional)
-leaf pattern, pdf or svg

how to make a felt berry hairclip

Step 1. Cut out leaves out of your favorite green felt from Benzie, it's super easy to freehand cut the leaves (use my favorite scissors!) or use our pdf or svg files as a guide.
Step 2. Cut wire to about 4" long.
Step 3. Using a glue gun to attach greenery on each end of the wire. To make the leaves more realistic I placed a small bit of glue on the top center of the leaf, pinch until cooled and trimmed the point with a scissors. 
Step 4. Fold wire in half and twist into place. 
Step 5. Cover wire with florist tape. 
Step 6. Make the berries! To make them more realistic we needle felted a little bit of brown roving into the tops. Read this if you are new to needle felting. 
Step 7. Hot glue berries in place. 

how to string a felt ball garland

Once you have the berry sprigs made you can start stringing your garland. Basic items to make a felt ball garland are poms, floss + needle kit. Our favorite needle is a basic darning needle -it's perfect in every way for garland making! Once you string your needle -just slide it right through the poms. Some poms are little more felted and you may need to use a bit more force but most just glide through the needle! I've left some tips below on how we like to start and finish our garlands. 

how to make a felt ball garland

How to start and finish your garland:
1. Take a strand of floss the length of what you would like your finished garland to be. Fold last two inches or so of floss over and tie in knot like shown in the photo. String with felt poms. 
2. Using an awl, pierce the pom where the string comes out, making a dimple in the felt pom.
3. Pull knot down into the dimple. 
4. Trim tail. 

 felt ball garlands

Here is an example of the Cranberry Felt Pom palette used two different ways -one using just our medium sized poms and the second mixed with wood beads (20mm) and berry sprigs. 

berry sprig garland

 Happy Holidays from Team Benzie! 

Hexagon Pom-Pom Coasters

Posted by Renae Bradley on 01 September, 2017 1 comment

hexagon pom coasters

You guys, you've seen felt balls before right?! These amazing little round balls of crafty, felted sweetness? Over at Benzie we prefer to call them pom-poms because they are more then just a ball -it's a felt ball of cheer (or a pom-pom)!! We picked up Benzie's smallest size (1cm) and some cork and got to work making ourselves a set of cozy coasters.

felt ball craft supplies 
Here are supplies you will need:
Benzie's Pom-Poms in 1cm size. We used 61 poms per coaster but suggest getting a few more as some poms run larger or smaller then 1cm.
- Cork or matte board in 1/8" thickness. 
- Hexagon Pattern
- Glue, our all time favorite is a basic, easy hot glue gun but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- scissors

fall ball coasters

To make the base for the coasters use our hexagon pattern to trace and cut onto cork or heavy matte board. You can use a scissors or an exacto knife, we cut down circle coasters to about 4" wide.

felt pom coaster

I started in the middle of the hexagon by placing 9 poms down the center with hot glue. It comes together quickly when making one long strip of glue down the middle and lining up poms one after another.

felt ball coasters

Try different color combos or try making a large one for a trivet! Make this project and tag #benziefelt -I want to see what you're making!