needle felt rain cloud nursery decoration

Handmade, Happy Rain Cloud for a Baby Mobile

I had so much fun needle felting this happy rain cloud.  This little guy is my first charm for a baby mobile.  Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing different felted pieces that could combine to create a very soft, happy mobile for an infant’s nursery.  I just love babies and even though my children are all in “big kid” beds, my brain will not stop coming up with ways to mesmerize the teeny tiny ones!

handmade needle felt happy rain cloud

These mobile charms could also be used as “adult” decorations as well.  I already imagined hanging this cloud from a cork board as a way to liven up the push pins and papers of “adult” life!

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Needle Felting Tutorial, A Sparkly Tree Ornament

Needle Felt Ornament with Stars

Today’s needle felting tutorial involves a little bit of sparkle!  Felted ornaments don’t typically add much glimmer to the tree and I came up with an easy felted design that will add just the right amount of “twinkle”!  It would be fun to make a set of these in a few different colors.  Each ornament takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to create.

needle felt Christmas Decorations

Let’s Begin:

Begin by attaching a ribbon hanger to a felted ball and then needle felt the chosen colored wool onto the top half of the ball.  I have two previous tutorials that will walk you through the felted ball and ribbon hanger steps!

How to Needle Felt a Christmas Ornament

Now, it is time to create the stars.  These stars will be felted onto the top, colored portion of the ornament!  Grab a small tuft of white wool roving.  Stretch it between your fingers, so that a thin strand is formed.  Needle felt 5 thin strands, one line at a time, to create a star.  Just “draw” it as if you would on paper!  Then needle felt inside the “drawn” star so that it is “colored” all in.  Create as many stars as you like, in slightly different sizes.

Tutorial for Christmas Decoration

It’s time to add some SPARKLE!!!  I used tiny metallic, jewelry beads and some sparkly, silver embroidery thread.

How to needle felt a decorative ornament

Attach the beads, somewhat randomly, across the top portion of the ornament.  To do this, simply insert the threaded needle into the uncolored portion of the ball and up through the colored top half.  String a bead onto the needle, insert the needle next to the bead, and push the needle out into the unfinished portion again.  Tie a knot and repeat. Using the unfinished side of the ornament this way allows the knots of the embroidery thread to be felted over and hidden forever!

Handmade Felt Ornament

The next step is embroidering a silver “drawn” star over the felted white stars.  This is a bit tricky to put into words, but the pictures should help out a lot!  Basically, start the needle in the unfinished portion of the ball again and pull it out at the very tip of one of the stars.  Then begin to “draw” the silver, sparkly star with the embroidery thread.  Again, finish off the thread on the unfinished portion and tie a knot.

How to Felt a Christmas Ball

Finally, needle felt color onto the bottom portion of the ornament.  A clover pen will make a bit quicker work out of this.  Use care when felting over the knots!

How to Felt a Christmas Ornament

The ornament is complete.  This design is so easy to be creative with.  Yellow stars on a red ball with gold beads and embroidery thread?  Different colored stars on a white ornament, and multicolored beads?  The very best thing about these ornaments is that they are virtually unbreakable, unless a dog or cat is prowling underneath the tree!  They are great for small toddlers to hang and are guaranteed to not crush into small bits in their sticky hands.

Needle Felt Tree Ornaments

Happy Holidays!!!