Felting is a great way of making 3 dimensional objects, but some techniques use tools that are not child friendly. Wet felting is a lovely method that even young children can do. Here, Felix has made some spring animals and added a few Easter chocolates as a gift for Minnie. (We don’t advise you give small objects to children under 3 years old.)

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Wool roving
  • Hot soapy water (as hot as your little one can manage)
  • Egg box
  • Tissue paper
  • Pva glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Felt Beads
  • Fabric scraps

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here's how it's done...

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    Roll a small amount of roving into a ball and then wrap more roving around in wispy strips, make sure you wrap it in different directions until you have a large egg shape. (Around twice the size of a normal egg.)

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    Dip in the hot soapy water mixture (as hot as your little one will be happy with). Agitate the roving gently with your fingertips until it knits together. After a while you can rub the felt more firmly to make the bind stronger. Rinse out the soap and gently squeeze some water out, then place somewhere warm to dry. We made four of these.

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    Whilst these are drying, decorate your egg box. We have painted ours and added tissue paper and fabric spots.

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    When the eggs are dry add some details using felt, fabric, beads etc. This is where you can personalise yours using whatever craft and haberdashery materials you have.

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    Sit the animals inside the egg box.

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    We made four animals and popped in a few Easter chocolates. Felix is going to give it to Minnie for Easter. I may have to refill the chocolates before then though!

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    How will you decorate yours?

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By Claire Dearing on 20.03.15

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