Every single year I tell myself that I’m going to do more crafts with the things I already have on hand in my craft stash. But when it comes down to it, I don’t. I head out to the craft store to buy this or that and wind up loading up a shopping cart full of good deals and things to create good ideas I come up with in the aisles.
But then I get home and put everything away, adding to my crazy and stupidly disorganized craft stash. And when I am digging in this avalanche of crafty crazy I come across this, that, or the other thing and remember that I had a great idea for it, but can’t for the life of me figure out what in the heck it is. Do you do that? The other day I found, quite literally, a stack of nature coloring books I bought a year or 2 ago and I remember having such a neat idea for the pages. But heck if I have a clue what that idea was NOW! :)
So when I was digging around in the craft clutter that has spread into a huge pile (or maybe 3, but who is counting) out in the garage for Christmas craft supplies I found a flipping TON of felt, including multicolor value packages of felt I got from Walmart for about $3.00 apiece. I brought one of those packages in and put it on my desk hoping it would encourage me to use it. And then, one day, I realized what a lovely rainbow of colors I had right there and it dawned on me that it would make the neatest chain garland. You know, like the paper chain but much sturdier because it’s made like felt. Fun, right?
The how to for this sucker is so easy and it’s a great project for children. Snag a sheet in colors to match your kiddo’s bedroom and they can make some fun decor to string around the room on the cheap.
For this project you will need:
- craft acrylic felt
- glue (I used hot glue but I would recommend Fast Grab Tacky glue for kids)
- scissors (or a rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat and straight edge/quilter’s ruler)
Before you get started you’ll need to cut your felt into strips. For a look I was happy with for both the look and the ease of cutting, I went with 6 inches tall (the felt sheet cut in half) by 1 inch wide.
The wider the strips the fatter the chain and the thinner the strips the bigger the gaps in each link, FYI. This is the look you get with the 1×6 inch strips…
Cut a whole mess of strips before you get started and this project is going to work up super quickly. Since I wanted rainbow ombré, I went blue, purple, lavender, fuschia, hot pink, red, orange, yellow orange, yellow, lime, kelly green and teal. In all honesty I kind of wish I dropped either the fuschia or the hot pink as in certain light they appear so closely in color that from a distance it looks like I just went with too many chains for one pink color in relation to the rest of the chain.
To start form a loop with one piece of felt and glue into a round shape. Be sure not to twist the felt piece so you get a nice, smooth circular shape.
Building off of that first chain create more. Simply loop the next piece of felt through the previous and glue into a circular shape and the chain will grow and grow!
So that my colors would move from one to the other I did 2 links of each color and moved on to the next step in my rainbow ombré so that it wouldn’t look like I skipped colors.
You might be wondering, why on earth would you make a chain out of felt rather than paper. I did this because mine is actually a seasonal decoration for my colorful Christmas. Remember that whole business I did?
At any rate with this being felt I can shove it into the cardboard box along with the rest of my decorations and it won’t get destroyed like a paper chain would being smooshed together with all sorts of other things for a year. And if I did hang this in a child’s room, which I think would be SUPER cute, would better withstand the general messing with I seem to find children doing with EVERYTHING. Now I don’t have my own but I borrow them from time to time and, in my experience, they mess with EVERYTHING. Even things you would assume they would have zero interest in. :)
Though simple, I’m really loving this felt chain, cousin to the long-time favorite craft the paper chain, and I have not yet put it away for the season. Who knows, maybe it will find a permanent place in my home decor :)
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