I love making Christmas decorations! But every year, I run out of time. Sound familiar? Katy here from KatyQuilts, and I have an idea to share that's so quick and easy, even the busiest crafter will have time to make it!
An Easy Holiday Craft
Since my tree isn’t up yet, I hung the ornaments on the mantle on either side of my garland. Isn’t this fun? It’s also easy!
The Supplies You Need
You'll also need white fabric, felt, white glue, pearl cotton, a tapestry needle, and heavy interfacing that's fusible on both sides. You want interfacing stiff enough to stand on its own, but not too thick to go through the cutter.
Base your judgment about thickness on what six layers of fabric or a piece of craft foam looks like.
How to Make Your No Sew Ornaments
To begin, take a piece of your white fabric, fold it in half, and insert a piece of interfacing that's a bit less than half the size of your fabric piece. You don’t want that fusible on your iron!
Now fuse it all together following the interfacing instructions. Make sure it has adhered well on both sides.
My die has circles of three different sizes. I only plan to use the 3'' circle. So I cut my fused fabric into 3 1/4'' squares. Then, I run them through the die cutter ONE at a time. This ends up being about the same thickness as six layers of fabric, so one circle at a time is best.
Now, I cut my felt into 2 1/2'' squares and place pieces onto my alphabet die for the words I want to make.
I used acrylic craft felt because I love the dimension it gives, but you could also use fabric scraps with fusible on the back.
Pro Tip: You can cut one or two layers of felt at a time, depending on the thickness of your felt.
So quick and easy - not to mention, PERFECT!
I used tiny dots of white glue to adhere my letters to the circles. I also put red letters on one side and green on the other. This is definitely optional, but you’ll see why I did it in a moment.
Next, I used a tapestry needle and pearl cotton to connect my circles.
I left a bit of space between each one. After knotting, I added a dab of Fray Block to the knot and clipped the ends close after drying.
You can make a horizontal garland or a vertical hanging ornament. Tie a loop on each end of the garland and at the top of the ornament for hanging.
See that little bit between the circles? I used that to get consistent spacing when I tied my knots. It's then removed after tying.
Ta daaa! All done!
I hung mine on my mantle using stocking holders. Can you see why I put letters on both sides? I like how they twirl around, but even when they do, you can still read the message.
Want Other Ideas?
You could make this even easier using craft foam to make it a great, kid-friendly project. Or you could skip the letters and just use fun Christmas prints.
Hmmm….I could make variations of this for all the holidays!