All the little gnomes are coming out to play. They’re everywhere this season as a holiday motif. You can make your own little, felt gnome Christmas ornaments in just a few minutes.
Over ten years ago, these dark, espresso stained end tables were a big buy for my new little apartment. The whole place was white from the walls and trim to the tile floors and ceiling. So, the brown provided a great contrast.
Pom Pom projects are everywhere! These little puffs form the base for so many cute crafts. I’ve wanted to test out the many methods for a while. So, I put together this little tutorial with my favorite tips.
The Easiest Way to Make a Pom Pom
There are many methods to make a pom pom but, I found this one to be the easiest to use. Also, it works best when you want to use multiple colors of yarn and layer them. It’s easy to make the board and then you can curl up with this craft anywhere.
Time Required: 20 Minutes
Cost: Free or Minimal
- Pen or Pencil
Putting together these pom poms is easy once you make the weaver. That takes a little time but, you get to use it over and over for each pom pom.
Step 1: Trace Your Circles
Step 2: Cut Out Circles
Step 3: Set up and Weave
Step 4: Separate and Cut
Pom Pom Projects Start Here
- Use up scraps from other yarn projects by wrapping them in layers. Just trim the uneven ends after you are done.
- To make a larger pom pom, just make your ring larger. You can use a bowl or dessert plate as a template for a larger one.
- Keep the center strings long if you want to tie the pom pom to something. This makes it easier to use on a project like a garland.
If you are only going to make one project for your baby’s room, this is it!
When I thought about decorating my son’s nursery, my DIY spirit tempted me to take on a long list of projects. Realizing that I should focus on simplicity over quantity, I opted to commit to a single project.
What project inspired me most?
I liked the idea of my baby peacefully enjoying a unique mobile that created just for him.
I selected this project after some disappointing shopping. I didn’t see a single mobile that I liked. To begin, I wanted something with a nice look both from the side (for me) and beneath (for baby). Also, I wanted soft colors (for my clean aesthetic) but something eye-catching (for the baby). I wanted it to feel organic but, I needed it to be motorized.
The resulting project was my solution.
How to Make a Felt Star Mobile
Time Required: 45 Minutes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Fabric Scissors
- Mobile Hanger (model pictured)
- Mobile Motor (model pictured)
- White paper or thin cardboard
- White string
- Royal Blue Felt (2 sheets)
- Dark Grey Felt (2 sheets)
- Light Grey Felt (2 sheets)
Making a felt star mobile requires a trip to the craft store and a little online shopping.
Step 1: Cut Out Stars
I traced and cut out stars on white copy paper. However, you could buy pre-cut stencils for any shape.
Step 2: Cut Felt Stars
I cut out the stars from the selected felt colors. You’ll need 2 sides for each shape. So, I cut the following:
- 20 small light grey stars
- 20 medium dark grey stars
- 10 large blue stars
Make sure you keep the fabric scraps in a pile to use as stuffing later.
Step 3: Create the Blue Stars
These stars hang at the bottom of each strand. Using your scissors, poke a hole in the middle of 5 stars. Then, thread the white string through. Stuff each star using fabric scraps and seal it with hot glue. In the end, you should have 5 strings with a big blue star at the bottom.
Step 4: Add the Grey Stars
Add the grey stars one at a time. They can be spaced about 2 inches apart. You can measure them evenly or vary them for an organic look.
Keep each star in place on the string with a dot of hot glue. Then, glue both sides together around the edges.
Repeat this until you’ve added all the stars for each strand.
Step 5: Assemble the Mobile
In the end, you should have 5 strands with 5 stars on each. Hang these from your mobile kit by tying a knot on each end. You can hang them evenly or vary the heights.
I chose to vary the lengths for a more whimsical an organic look.
I attached the mobile to the ceiling using a 3M hook. The small motor plays music and spins the motor. This light-weight mobile spins with the breeze or when the motor is on.
Let’s See Yours
In the end, I created an simple felt star mobile that my baby loves. You can see how this concept can be changed for different colors and shapes. It’s light-weight and whimsical to perfectly match the feel of the room.
I’d love to see how you decorated your child’s room. Leave a link to your favorite projects in the comments.
If you love to craft and create, you know that most projects leave you with leftover supplies. These bits and bobbles can pile up. Previously, I posted about ways to organize your work space, which includes using old supplies. In that post, I mentioned that one of the most common leftover supplies is extra paint. While some paints, like watercolors, keep over time, others dry up or turn sour. Below are some ideas that use small amounts of paint that can use up your extra stores.
- Teal Bust from P.S. I Made This
- Painted Lantern Lights from The Merry Thought
- Floral Painted Vases from Mark Montano
- Shell Tic Tac Toe from P.S. I Made This
- Sea Shell Checkers from P.S. I Made This
- Unicorn Paper from Mark Montano
- Painted Planters from Cut Out + Keep
- String Paint from Cut Out + Keep
- Block Paint from Cut Out + Keep
- Bubble Painting from Cut Out + Keep
- Travel Keepsake Box from Pop Shop America
- Painted Magazine Files from Cut Out + Keep
- Painted Wooden Hangers from Cut Out + Keep
- Spray Paint Art from Cut Out + Keep
- Candy Colored Jewelry Display from Cut Out + Keep
- Wooden Candle Holder from Burkatron
- Painted Wood Placemats from A Bubbly Life
- White Dash Doormat from Deliniate Your Dwelling
- Rainbow Desk Organizer from A Kailo Chic Life
- Bauhaus Inspired Mobiles from A House that Lars Built
- Watercolor Japanese Windsocks from Handmade Charlotte
- Dotted Throw Pillow from Delicious and DIY
- Brushstrokes Painted Glasses from A Kailo Chic Life
- Painted File Sorters from Drawn to DIY
- Bubble Paint Tea Towels from Average But Inspired
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- Bubble Necklace from Cut Out + Keep
- Marbled Wood Beads from Mark Montano
- Painted Shell Earrings from Cut Out + Keep
- Feather Earrings from Make and Fable
- Hand Painted Button Rings from Cut Out + Keep
- Beach Ball Necklace from Crafts by Courtney
- Geometric Paint and Glitter Pendants from Cut Out + Keep
- Hand Painted Wooden Bangle from Cut Out + Keep
- Hand Painted Tribal Earrings from Cut Out + Keep
- Oriental Bangle from Cut Out + Keep
- Diamond Pendant Necklace from Cut Out + Keep
- Birdie Keychains from Handmade Charlotte
- Hippie Wooden Bead Necklace by Efzin Creations
- Polymer Clay Necklace by Lia Griffith
- Wood Monogram Keychains from Damask Love
- Wood Bead Tassel Necklace from Party Har DIY
- Donut Bangle from Do It Make It Love It
- Gold Spatter Paint Necklace from A Kailo Chic Life
- Chic Keychains from Domino
- Concrete and Gold Gem Earrings from DIY in PDX
- Wood Bead Keychains from White House Crafts
- Splatter Paint Earrings from Mohntage
- Wood Wire Bracelets from Made In A Day
- Wood Bangle Bracelets from DIY Projects for Teens
- Neon Wood Painted Earrings from Crafted Sparrow
- Paint Splatter Jeans from Delineate Your Dwelling
- Eye Spy a Button Down DIY from A Beautiful Mess
- Color Block Wallet from Cut Out + Keep
- Painted Leather Purse from Kraft and Mint
- TopShop Inspired Denim Skirt from Isoscella
- Watercolor Sneakers from P.S. I Made This
- Watermelon Painted Soles from Cut Out + Keep
- Chanel Inspired Slingbacks from Beauty Dojo
- Painted Polka Dot Flats from Cut Out + Keep
- DIY Rainbow Woven Tote from A House that Lars Built
- Striped Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
- Painted Reusable Bag from Cut Out + Keep
- Galaxy Print Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
- Color Block Wedges from Cut Out + Keep
- Swallow Bag from Cut Out + Keep
- Peacock Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
- Heart Flats from Cut Out + Keep
- Striped Nautical Tote Bag from Damask Love
- Turban Headband from Cut Out + Keep
- Monstera Leaf Backpack from We’re Going to Make it
- Device Covers from A Beautiful Mess
- Back to School Tote from PMQ for Two
- Flamingo Stencil Tote Bag from Do It Your Freaking Self
- Ice Cream Cone Button Shirt Makeover from The Makeup Dummy
- Painted Rainbow Sunhat from A House that Lars Built
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- Painted Stick Nature Craft from Crafts by Courtney
- Painted Wooden Toy Bowling Set from Color Made Happy
- Watercolor Splash Gift Tags from Coffee and Vanilla
- Galaxy Wrapping Paper from Mama is Dreaming…
- Magazine Art Journals from Mark Montano
- Large Colorful Dice from Delineate Your Dwelling
- Painted Love Stones from Mark Montano
- Painted Rocks from Cut Out + Keep
- Puzzle Blocks from Delia Makes
- Swirly Paint Christmas Balls from Cut Out + Keep
- Outdoor Dominos from Delineate Your Dwelling
- Painted Guitar Picks from Cut Out + Keep
- Junk Drawer Bags from Dream Green DIY
- Folded or Sewn Books from Cut Out + Keep
- DIY Customized Notebooks from Enthralling Gumption
- Watercolor Easter Eggs from Cut Out + Keep
- Gift Tin from Efzin Creations
- Dotted Rainbow Easter Egg from Cut Out + Keep
- Paint Splatter Notebook Covers from Your DIY Family
- 80s inspired Gift Wrap from Club Crafted
- Ring Toss Game from The Crafty Gentleman
- Wacky Arm Clothespin Dolls from Handmade Charlotte
- Bead and Tassel Drink Stirrers from Club Crafted
- Summer Postcards from Delicious and DIY
- Rock Animal Giraffe Puzzle from We’re Going to Make It
Ideas to Use Extra Paint
As you can see, a lot of projects use small amounts of paint from your leftover supplies. So, what are your favorite ways to use extra paint? I’d love to hear about them.
Add your links in the comments!