Halloween is creeping up and I made a cute little jack-o-lantern candy bowl in celebration. This tutorial will step you through the process so that you can make one of your very own. This is a very easy beginner project and the actual “needle felting” only takes about 30 minutes or less.
You will need:
spare roving/batting in any color
black and orange wool roving/batting
felting foam or felting brush
old panty hose
You will need a wet felted ball to begin this project. The ball is not part of the finished project, so just use some spare wool roving and follow my tutorial on wet felting balls.
Wrap the felted ball in plastic wrap and place a rubber band around it. Grab the orange roving and generously wrap it around the prepared felted ball. Stuff it in an old pair of panty hose and tie it off. Wash it in the washing machine with your next hot load. Dry as usual, then wash and dry once more.
Remove the ball from the panty hose. Using an exacto knife cut around the top of the ball. Now, remove the ball and you will have an orange felt bowl. To finish the top edge: either needle felt the edge or place the ball and bowl back together, stuff in the pantyhose and wash and dry again!
Next draw a jack-o-lantern face that will fit the front of the bowl. Cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth to create paper templates. Wrap the felted ball, used to create the bowl, with a piece of paper and place it inside the felted bowl. Then pin the templates in place. Stretch a small piece of black wool roving into a thin tuft. Take the black thin tuft and needle felt around the templates. Once you have traced the entire face with black roving, needle felt inside the traced lines to complete the jack-o-lantern face.
Now the miniature jack-o-lantern bowl is complete. It looks so adorable filled to the brim with small colorful Halloween candy. It would be a great surprise afterschool snack for the kiddos. I’ve set it next to my desk for whenever a sweet tooth hits me! Enjoy this project and if you have any questions feel free to ask. Happy Halloween!!!