We made it all the way to Orlando without the girls even suspecting anything was up. We told them in the hotel room right before taking them to Downtown Disney. They freaked out! They were literally bouncing off the walls and the beds and squealing with delight.
It was one of our favorite parenting moments that we will never forget.
1. Buy a bottle of Jack Daniel's, or another pretty bottle of booze.
2. Have a fun night with friends and drink all the booze.
3. Buy a bottle of liquid soap - choose the fanciest pump you can find.
4. Pour soap into Jack bottle and screw on the pump.
Okay, I didn't drink all the Jack, I bought a flask and filled it with Jack Daniel's. And now I also have a present for my sister-in-law's fiancé. Welcome to Tennessee!
Please Note: I bought Caldrea soap from Target (it was in the kitchen section, not with the soaps). From what I can tell, the pump thread is a universal size, but you have to be careful to get a pump that does not bulge out at the spring as it will not fit in the bottle neck.
Last week we looked at roving and how to buy it. This week we will start wet felting with kids.
Children of all ages treasure feeling wool slowly meld to become an object – it is quite magical.
The natural fibers have such a rich texture that children become engrossed and tend to spend an amazing amount of time wet felting amazing creations.
Younger children will enjoy the process of feeling the felt in their hands, while school-aged children often focus on a tangible object they want to sculpt.
LET'S GET MAKING
To Prepare the Roving: Pull off layers of roving and roll it into a ball, pull off another layer of roving and wrap it in the opposite direction around your tiny object. Continue wrapping layers at 90 degrees angle to each other until you have an object about 2 inches in diameter.
To Prepare the Water: When I am felting on my own, I make my water as hot as possible. When I am felting with my girls, I make the water as warm as I think they are comfortable with. Mix in a generous squirt of dish liquid with the water. I have used many different varieties of dish soap from Dove to Meyers and Green Works and they all seem to work fine.
Getting Wet: Dunk the wrapped roving into the soapy water. Gently squeeze and shape. Shape into any shape you want. The roving will slowly begin to congeal and become smaller and harder. Repeat dunking, squeezing, rolling, squishing, and adding roving until you achieve your desired size and shape.
The act of felting tends to make this art-form more about the process than the outcome, especially for young children. Even so, there are few useful techniques that are fun for kids to learn:
Making felt balls
Using a mold
Creating flat felt
We will cover all of these projects over the next few weeks...
Ultimately, your children will never have cleaner hands. Ever.
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If you have projects that you have already made, please add a link in the comment section so we can all have a look. And if you're motivated to make something inspired by the series, please send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. By becoming a fan of Curly Birds on facebook you'll be able to join in the fun.
My girls and I really enjoy sewing together, perhaps our sewing projects for pre-schoolers will inspire you.
How to make fortune cookies with no wire, no glue and only 3 romantic stitches...
1. Cut a 3" diameter round piece of felt
2. Fold the felt in half and pin. In like-colored thread (I used pink only so you can easily see my stitches), make 3 downward stitches from the middle of the fold. Finish off and cut thread.
3. Peel each side of the 'cookie' up and fold over the stitches. Manipulate the felt until you have the desired look.
4. Insert a special note to your love.
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