Heather Thalwitzer, author of the blog Thoughtful Mothering (currently on an unintended hiatus) would love to share her Halloween creation with Craftapus readers. Heather got inspired to make a felt Halloween book originally from a Facebook posting by Craftapus author, Sarah Boye. Heather is passionate about raising a compassionate & caring son, natural foods, Florida's habitats, & she loves all animals.
Tons of Eco-felt (bought at Joanne, etc..)
Hot glue (prefer it for crafting- very nontoxic for the littles.)
Some yarn (found a 99 cent bundle at Joannes)
A thick "yarn needle" - for binding the book
Pen, paper, ideas
I wanted to create an original (not mass produced), sugar-free Halloween treat for my son. When I saw the idea for this this book, I immediately came-up with a way that I could make it. I'm not really a sophisticated crafter, so warning to the elite- it requires lots of hot glue.
First I came up with scene ideas for the pages. Then I drew out what I thought I couldn't free-hand cut from the felt. For example, the witch, the ghosts, the haunted house, the bats, the smaller jack o lantern, the largest spider, etc... were all drawn on paper first. I placed the paper on top of the felt and cut both at once with a really good pair of crafting Friskers scissors.
Some of it I just cut- the largest jack o lantern, the small spiders, the fall leaves, eventually some bats, and some of the monsters.
Once I had a whole page cut out, I'd arrange it on a piece of felt and hot glue all the pieces once I was happy with the arrangement.
All scenes were original ideas, with some inspiration from google image searches for a few things (monster, haunted house, fall leaves.)
I would love to add to the book next year or even make another. I wanted to make a skeleton in a graveyard scene with a spooky tree. My son loves guitars, so I was going to give all the skeletons guitars. Each time I tried drawing a skeleton on paper, however, I was not happy with the results. Too intimidating for now.
Have a safe & happy Halloween, happy crafting, & thanks for the opportunity to guest post.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Guest Blogger Post- Halloween Felt Book with the Thoughtful Mother!
Posted by Sarah at 6:38 AM