I wanted to make some Christmas tree decorations – quickly – for a Christmas tree festival in Dorchester. After mentally flicking through a few ideas in my brain, I decided to needle-felt a little gingerbread man. The result was so cute, I ended up making five!
It’s so straightforward and effective, I thought I’d share a teeny tutorial with you. As a certain meerkat would say, Simples!
- Felting stuff
- Felting needles
- Felting base
- Gingerbread man cookie cutter
- Bodger, pair of compasses, or something else with a sharp point
- Button (or some other embellishment)
- Nylon thread and needle
- Position your cookie cutter onto the brush mat. Push it well down into the tufts, so it’s secure.
- Choose your felting stuff colour. For my first man I chose white.
- Tease off a bit of fluff and push into the cutter.
- Using your needle-felting needle (or needle), carefully jab the stuff down onto the mat. You’re basically ‘matting’ it into a mass. Keep going until it’s pretty flat. Please be careful not to jab your fingers (it’s easily done!).
- Add more stuff and gradually build up your man until he’s as thick as you want him to be.
- Carefully ease the man off the brushes. If you feel he needs more work, press him back into the cutter shape.
- Using your bodger (not sure this is a technical term!) or something else with a sharp point, gently make two holes in the head, ready for the eyes.
- Push the eyes through the gingerbread man’s head, and secure at the back.
- Sew a little button or whatever you choose onto the gingerbread man’s tummy.
- Sew a short length of nylon thread into a loop on top of the head so you can hang your gingerbread man from your Christmas tree. Ta da!
So there you have it… such a simple and pretty way to decorate your tree!
It’s really quick and easy to make these wee men (and of course you could use any shape). I made these five in one evening.
I’d really love to see any needle-felted gingerbread men or other shapes that you make – why not add an image into the home_to_roost Flickr group?