12.07.2010

The post with the felt poinsettias.

I saw this picture in my Paper Crafts magazine last week and was drawn to the felt poinsettia embellishment on one of the cards. (I could not get it to scan well...hence the weird coloring.)


I knew it would be pretty easy to make my own, so, on our fateful Black Friday trip to Joann Fabrics, I showed up at our cart holding sheets of olive and oatmeal felt. Rick looked at me like I was mildly insane (he does that now and then) before reminding me that I wanted to make poinsettias. As in flowers that are typically red, pink, or ivory. As in flowers that are only brown if they are dead. He really shouldn't have been so confused, because, after all, we do like to keep our plants good and crispy around this place, sort of like this poor plant that my cats like to munch on.

Anyway, I managed to smuggle the alarmingly non-traditional poinsettia colors into our cart without too much trouble. When we got home, I started cutting out petals (freehand, so as to be perfectly imperfect like a real oatmeal poinsettia--ha) with the deliciously sharp new fabric scissors that I had also purchased on our trip. They are definitely not your mama's safety scissors.


I spent a few minutes playing around with the  petals until I got them layered in the imperfect way I wanted. Then, all I had to do was hot glue them together, add the leaves and the pearl center (they're just individual beads glued on), and ta-da! My oatmeal and olive felt poinsettia was complete.


I think one of these flowers would look gorgeous on an all-white stocking, which I am planning on making as soon as Rick stops guarding our generic store-purchased ones with the machete we borrowed from a house on our house hunting tour. (Just kidding....he's only wielding a butter knife. No need for alarm.)


On a serious note, though, he did say that my poinsettias were unexpectedly charming.

Those might not have been his exact words.

But, he's learning to trust my instincts. :)

I'm linking this up to Centsational Girl's party today...check it out for tons more DIY Christmas craft ideas!

14 comments:

Mallory said...

So cute! I also want to replace our generic stockings with homemade ones, but my hubby likes the ones we have. Maybe we just need to make new ones, switch them out, and see how long it takes our men to notice!

Anne said...

That's so pretty - and I LOVE the unexpected color combo!

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

Ooh love the new blog look, very festive!
Also love the olive oatmeal poinsettia, I very much enjoy your ability to make me laugh every time I stop by. :D
I may have to invest in some felt house plants too...

AmericKim said...

I'm with you. I like to think outta the box too. A change of color is a conversation starter, don't ya think?

Erin said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by, and for the kind words!

Mallory-I think we might have to try it! :)

Amy-LOL for the felt house plants...although those can catch on fire just as easily!! ;)

DannyB said...

Beautiful! Elegant and lovely.

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

Beautiful! I love the colours you chose!

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