Easter crafts – 3 simple ideas by Sandy at Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts
There’s a joyfulness about Sandy’s felted creations that just makes me smile. Bad hair day sheep that somehow manage to make eye contact and melt your heart… the cutest baby penguin wrapped up warm ready for a spot of fishing – to name just two.
Felting is a meditative, easy-to-learn craft that anyone can enjoy. Be warned though, all the signs are that it’s also highly addictive!
Sandy’s website is a treasure trove of free resources to inspire you, whether you’re a total beginner or already a dab hand. Find free patterns, video tutorials and masses of helpful information. Sandy is nothing if not generous with her enthusiasm, tips and ideas.
Thanks to Sandy for sharing these three tutorials with us: Easter garland, Easter egg bunny and bumble bee decoration/brooch. Hope you enjoy!
Easter crafts idea 1 – Easter Garland
This bright and beautiful Easter garland is simple to make and perfect for using up any scraps of wool you might have sitting around.
It’s also the perfect introduction to needle felting as it’s such a simple joy to make.
1 Small length of wool top or carded wool
2 Felting needle, size 38 or 36 work best
3 Soft felting surface to work on – eg a foam mat, rice-filled hessian bag or a piece of flat felt
4 Sewing needle and strong thread
How to make the Easter garland
Sandy’s video tutorial below takes you through all the steps to make your own felted Easter garland
Click here for photo step by steps if you prefer.
Easter craft idea 2: Easter Egg Bunny
1 Needle felting wool – approx 5g, any type or colour
2 Felting needle, size 38 is a good all-rounder
3 Felting mat
4 Wooden BBQ skewer (or similar) for shaping
How to make the Easter Egg bunny
This free video tutorial shows you all the steps you need to make your own felted Easter bunnies and Easter eggs.
You can also buy a PDF Easter egg bunny pattern download here for £1.50 if you prefer.
Easter craft idea 3: bumble bee brooch and garland
Felting wool (you can buy Sandy’s wool kit to make 2 bees in her shop here)
Wooden BBQ skewer
How to make a bumble bee
Sandy’s video tutorial takes you through all the steps you need
Ideas to buy from Sandy’s shop
Sandy’s Etsy shop is another great source of felted loveliness, including her patterns and finished creations.
Sheep needle felting pattern for beginners
How cute is this little lamb/sheep? As I said earlier, there’s something about the eye contact and personalities that Sandy manages to create isn’t there? This pattern is suitable for total beginners and feels especially perfect to make at this time of year. Why not add in making a spring lamb or two to your Easter craft plans?
Buy the beginner’s sheep pattern on Etsy here
Norman the Doulton Leicester handmade felted sheep
Talking of personality, what do you think of Sandy’s Norman the Doulton Border Leicester sheep? Beautifully sculpted with Doulton Border Leicester wool and finished with a lush layer of organic Blue Faced Leicester locks, Norman is a one-off and available to buy on Etsy here.
If, as I suspect is very likely, you are bitten by the felting bug, you will probably need storage for your materials pretty quickly.
These Felting & Fabulous craft tote bags are perfect. You can even personalise with an embroidered name on the other side.
Hope you find Easter craft ideas that bring you simple pleasure – do share your creations with us! Happy Easter X
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