Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Activity

Yesterday, my daughter was feeling under the weather.  I decided to make something to cheer her up and an activity she can do while lounging on the couch (since that was her permanent residence).
Plus, she's been so excited for Halloween and decorating pumpkins.
So I created this.



The Felt Jack-o-Lantern!
With a pocket in the back for all your felt pieces!



Using felt (and fleece--due to me running out of orange felt) and my handy hot glue gun.
To make this, you can use black and orange felt with a small piece of green for the stem.


First of all, take your sheet of orange felt and fold it in half widthwise.  And using a marker, draw out a wide circle, or a half pumpkin shape.  Then cut it out.



Also, cut out a stem out of your green felt scraps.


You may use felt or fleece for the back of the pumpkin.  Like I said, I didn't have enough orange felt, so I used orange fleece scraps for the back.  Using your hot glue gun, glue the two pieces together.


Then glue on your stem to the felt side.


Now you can go crazy making shapes and pieces for your faces.  I used triangles, circles, squares, then made mouths, whiskers, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  Plus, the triangles for the eyes can double for a nose and so on.



 Kinda fun!


I made 18 pieces.  But I'm thinking of making more.


Let's move on to the pocket in the back shall we?  So you'll need felt (or fleece) cut in a pocket shape and a rectangle for the top flap.  The pocket size is a little larger than my fist, if that helps.


Then I used adhesive velcro dots on the pocket.



And hot glued my pocket on, don't hot glue it shut!


Then the top flap.


Done.  Fun and functional!



The best part?  The smile she had on her face when I showed it to her!  It's always a little sad seeing them without all their energy.  Get well soon, little girl!

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51 comments:

BeanBugCrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this!! I'm having a Halloween party this weekend for little ones and this would be such a fun activity and favor! I will be pinning this to remind me. Thanks for sharing.

I found your post through the Someday Crafts Link-up party

DannyB said... Best Blogger Tips

Great project for little kids. I love how you use soft felt & fleece for little hands. Great idea...and a felt snowman for Christmastime!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! Just pinned this--and I love the little pouch for the pieces!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@BeanBugCrafts Thanks! That would be so fun for the kids, hope they love it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@DannyB Thanks! A snowman would be so adorable! I might just have to make one of those too!! :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Steph @ Crafting in the Rain Thanks, Steph! You're so sweet!

trophyw.blogspot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

The little pocket on back is genius!

The Rosenau's said... Best Blogger Tips

This idea is awesome my daughter would LOVE this! i think this is going to be a "must do" project thanks for sharing!

julianne
www.sewfantastic.blogspot.com

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea for the kiddos. I really need to make one. I love the pocket for easy cleanup.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Our DIY Diaries said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea. I've thought of a snowman and a Christmas tree, but not a pumpkin! Hope your little one is well soon! Found you on Tales from Bloggeritaville!

~Courtney
ourdiydiaries.com

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic idea! I need to do this for/with my little crafter. How fun. My fave part is the pocket to hold all the pieces...genius! Would you share it here?

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/10/falling-for-crafts-challenge-7-holiday.html

BeanBugCrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea for my little people! I pinned this and I featured it on my blog today. http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/10/last-minute-halloween-ideas.html

Thanks for Sharing!

Janny said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute is this! This would be perfect for a quiet book. I love it.

Meagan At Fairly Fabulous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great idea! Love the tutorial, too! I'd love for you to link up with my Halloween Party! http://www.fairlyfabulousblog.com/2011/10/halloween-doors-and-my-first-link-up.html

Janelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant!! I love felt busy bags, and we all love Halloween. This is perfect!! Thank you!

Janelle
homemadethisandthat.blogspot.com

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a clever idea! I'd bet your little one felt so special when you made that for her~ so sweet!

Kerstie said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute!

Sew,ray,me said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea!

It looks similar to the t-shirt I made my son today - http://www.sewrayme.co.uk/2011/10/last-minute-halloween.html

Jennifer @ PigskinsandPigtails said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute idea. I just pinned it so I can remember this one for next year!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@trophyw.blogspot.com Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@The Rosenau's Thank you! So glad you liked it and hope your daughter enjoys it!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel Thanks, Rachel!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Our DIY Diaries Those are fun ideas, too! Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy Thanks, Amy! And thanks for the invite!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@BeanBugCrafts Thanks so much for the feature!! So glad you liked it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Janny Thanks, Janny!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Meagan At Fairly Fabulous Thanks so much! And thank you for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks, Jill! My daughter does love playing with it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kerstie Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sew,ray,me Thanks!! Super cute shirt, too! So festive!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jennifer @ PigskinsandPigtails Thanks! Hope you get around to making one!

cheapcraftymama said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great idea! I just pinned it and I'm going to try it!

mindy starr cone said... Best Blogger Tips

sharing this over at creative juice's facebook!
thanks for the tutorial!
mindy from creative juice
http://getcreativejuice.blogspot.com/

Etcetorize said... Best Blogger Tips

So super cute! I'm really glad you shared this at Etcetorize. It's going on my 'to make' list~

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!

http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/2011/10/for-this-weeks-party.html

Smiles,
Melanie

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{Bellamere Cottage} said... Best Blogger Tips

So clever! And, to think I just gave my daughter a coloring book and crayons. :-)

Blessings,
Spencer

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said... Best Blogger Tips

Vixen-

Such a great project! Going to do this with my boys next year.

Sigh. Only 300 days til I can start crafting for the greatest holiday ever.

I'll be featuring it this evening at Creative Juice. Thanks for sharing...

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! Love this project for kids - great gift idea :)

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up your adorable felt pumpkin to my Latest and Greatest Friday party! I can't wait to see what you link up this week!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@cheapcraftymama Thanks so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@mindy starr cone Thanks for the feature!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Etcetorize Thanks! That's great!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melanie I linked up, thanks so much for the invite!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@{Bellamere Cottage} Nothing wrong with crayons and paper!! Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma Thanks so much for the feature!! Halloween decorating/crafts are so much fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Elizabeth Thank you! It would be such a fun gift!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate Thanks so much, Jenny!!

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

I am going to make this for my son, only I will just leave the top of the pumpkin open for the pocket to store the pieces! he will love it! thanks for the idea.

VegTravels said... Best Blogger Tips

I used this craft idea in a seminar I presented this weekend entitled "Helping your children enjoy English - Tips for fathers of young learners" held in Tokyo, Japan.
Twenty-two very creative fathers all made their own jack-o'-lanterns to take home and enjoy with their kids.
Thanks for the inspiration!!
^_^

Sara

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun! I love felt so this is right up my alley!!

marcy gilligan said... Best Blogger Tips

Making 2 right now! Love it!!