We would like to welcome today’s guest blogger, Ashley from Simply Designing! We are so excited to have Ashley here to show us a super cute and fun craft project that is great for St. Patrick’s Day! Please show Ashley some love by visiting her awesome blog and keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
With St. Patrick’s Day coming, I wanted to create a fun, bright and festive craft that was a little unexpected. I decided to create a rainbow-inspired craft, so I grabbed some pretty felt and styrofoam cones and with the help of my kids, I created these really cute felt Rainbow Trees!
- Felties Glitter Felt (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
- 15″ Durafoam cone
- 9.85″ Durafoam cone
- 1 1/4″ Silver Sequin Pins
- Unfinished Wood Candle Sticks (2)
- DecoArt Acrylic Paint (I used Antique Gold)
- E-6000 Glue
- Foam Brush
- Fabric Scissors
- High Temp Hot Glue Gun
First, you will cut your felt into 2″ circles. You can do this a couple of different ways. You can find a round object in your home that is about 2″ in diameter, use it to trace circles on all of your felt, and then cut them out. Or you can cut one felt circle and use it as a template to cut the rest of your felt circles out. A third alternative is if you happen to own a Sizzix machine, you can use a circle die to cut all of your circles out.
I cut 12 circles per felt sheet, and I used 4-5 sheets of felt to create my two rainbow trees. Enlist the kids to help, or cut while you are watching a tv show! And remember that if you have a good pair of fabric scissors, you can cut multiple layers of felt at one time! This is by far the most time consuming part of this project.
The most important thing to remember is that you do not need these to be perfect! I promise, no one will notice any imperfections!
When I neared the top of my cone, I placed a single red circle over the top and pinned it down. Then I added my final row of red felt circles and my rainbow trees were almost complete!
Here is my warning: E-6000 can sometimes deteriorate foam. But it will also create a great bond. So use just a thin line of glue on the top of the candlestick and then place the foam cone on top. Once the cone is in place, use your hot glue gun to apply a layer of glue around the place where the cone and the candlestick meet. E-6000 can take a long time to completely dry, so the hot glue will hold the candlestick in place while it dries completely.
The entire time I made these rainbow trees, I couldn’t help but sing the Finian’s Rainbow song. “Look, look, look to the rainbow…Follow the fellow who follows a dream…” It’s been stuck in my head all day!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Thank you again to Ashley for this adorable rainbow tree tutorial!