It's Pinterest Challenge time again! I'm joining with Sherry, Katie, Sarah and Carmel and making the most of this chilly, gray, drizzly season. In fact, I'm embracing it and the upcoming holidays. Have you noticed that felt is everywhere? I am loving the homemade look that places like Land of Nod seem to be embracing, and in honor of that time-between-holidays, I decided to give it my own spin (pin).
It was far simpler than I first imagined. I started off by utilizing some styrofoam balls I already happened to have thanks to some jingle bell decorations I DIYed a Christmas or two ago. Then I spent a long time cutting out circles of felt from plain sheets of charcoal, light gray, and white.
(Is anyone else as distressed as I am re: Americans all of a sudden deciding that we're British and writing it "grey" or writing "colour" or "favourite." It takes a serious amount of effort, especially considering that my American computer considers those spellings to be incorrect and underlines them in red... but I digress...)
I really didn't take the time to make them perfectly, and they turned out well enough. In fact, because of their slightly varying sizes I was able to really fill in the blanks and help my finished products turn out really full and round. Once the circles were cut, I plugged in my glue gun and got started on assembly.
As you can see, I folded them in half (with a dot of hot glue to help them stick), and then in half again. Once complete to that point, they looked like fortune cookies!
When it came time to affix them to the styrofoam base, I hot-glued the point, pushed it into the ball, and then held each piece for a few seconds while the glue started to dry. While the first few kind of fell over, that ceased to be an issue once they started getting fuller.
While we wait for Christmas season, I think these guys will suffice quite well as we move to Thanksgiving. Love. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get 'er done, Pinterest Challenge hosts! Oh, and bonus to the other toddler moms out there. These are super toddler-friendly. N calls them "balls" and carries them all around our main living area, and they haven't sustained even minor damage yet.