Ornament Exchange: Felt Owls and More


 
I have to start off today by saying how much fun it was to coordinate the first annual One Artsy Mama Ornament Exchange this year!  I’ve loved checking the link party to see all the fun ornaments you made and received from each other.  We had 76 participants, which I thought was a fabulous turnout for our first try at this.  I’ve been so anxious to show you what I sent to my partner, Andrea, but I wanted to wait and make sure she received it first and had the fun of opening it instead of seeing it posted here first.  But now it’s fair game, so here you go!!  This is what was in the package I sent to my partner:
Andrea told me she decorates in traditional red and green, so I made this fun little felt owl to adorn her tree.  She also told me she has two adorable boys, a 3 1/2 year old, and a 10 month old, and when Little Crafter heard that, he was excited to make an ornament for each of them too, using tri-beads, jingle bells, and a pipe cleaner.
This little guy was fairly easy and quick {and cheap!} to make.  
Materials:
- three colors of felt {body, wings, beak}
- google eyes
- scissors
- hot glue
- thread and a needle
- cord or ribbon
- optional: some kind of glitter paint or glitter mod podge

First, I cut out two identical owl shapes.  I just freehanded it, making it round at the bottom and adding two points at the top.  Then, I cut out two identical small heart shapes and a triangle from coordinating felt.  I hot glued the wings, eyes, and beak to one of the owl shapes.  After that was finished, I put the two owl shapes together and hand stitched around them, leaving a small opening at the bottom.  LC helped me put polyfil in to make them puffy, and I finished sewing the bottom.  Finally, I added glitter to the wings, and threaded a piece of cord through the top to make a hanger.  Easy peasy.  And I had all the supplies on hand so it didn’t cost me anything either!

Of course, LC decided he needed an owl too…he wanted blue {his favorite color} with purple wings {Ravens color} and a football!  I was happy to comply…

 
I totally love how they turned out!  I made pink and purple versions too…who can resist a little owl?
 
 
There are lots of other easy and quick ornaments you can make with felt too…that’s been my project of choice around here lately for some reason.  I made a few things and got hooked!  Here are a few other felt ornaments that will be decorating my tree and my gift packages this Christmas season:
 
FELT ORNAMENTS
I made these with my friend Kelly the same night we made the bottle cap snowmen.  We freehanded the ornament shapes and basically made them the same way I made the owls.  You just cut two pieces, glue on any embellishments you want, hand stitch around the edges, stuff, and add a hanger.
 
I was inspired to make these by some really cute ones linked up to Shine on Fridays by Christine at the DIY Dreamer…definitely check out her version too!  Kelly’s ornament is the red one at the top, and mine are the pink and green ones at the bottom.



 
FELT MONOGRAM ORNAMENTS
I am sooo in love with these!  Again, it’s the same process.  Trace and cut two circles, cut out a monogram, glue it on, sew around the edges, stuff, and hang!  I frehanded my letters {mostly because I’m lazy}, but you can also print them out on the computer for a pattern or if you’re lucky enough to have a Silhouette, well, you know what to do.
 
The inspiration for these came from Pinterest {of course}!  I think they’re absolutely adorable not just as ornaments but also to tie onto everyone’s packages instead of using a paper gift tag.
 
And, of course, if you missed them, there are also Little Crafter’s
FELT TREES
Be sure to check out the post for pics of him making them and learning to sew!
 
 
Anyway, the possibilities are endless!  And most of us have everything we need just laying around the craft room already!  So, what are you waiting for?  Grab yourself some felt, some glue, some thread, and a needle, and get started!  I’d love to see what you make.
 
Happy Crafting!
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8 comments on Ornament Exchange: Felt Owls and More

  1. Jodi S
    December 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM (1 year ago)

    Wow I really love the owls, I think my list for this holiday season is already too big, so maybe I will make some for next year!

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  2. Amy of While Wearing Heels
    December 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM (1 year ago)

    WOW. Amy, your must have wowed your partner! Each ornament is cuter than the next. I love that you had 76 people participate. I had a great experience.

    Reply
  3. amy moore
    December 5, 2012 at 3:35 AM (1 year ago)

    I found your blog via Craftgawker. LOVE the felt ornaments!

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  4. Christine
    December 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM (1 year ago)

    LOVE how the ornaments turned out! So cute!!

    Thanks so much for the shout out :) xoxo

    Reply
  5. Dawn Paoletta
    December 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM (1 year ago)

    So cute! Thanks so much for hosting and partnering all of us so well!

    Reply

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