Category Archives: Crafting From Your Stockpile

This shows you some crafting projects that I’ve done using items that I’ve gotten dirt cheap or free from using coupons. I’ve decorated my house using items like melted crayons, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste containers, dental floss and more!

Needle Felted Essential Oil Diffuser Ornament

Needle Felted Essential Oil Diffuser Ornament

Here is a really easy and fun ornament you can make (even with some kid help) that is needle felted, and can be used as an essential oil diffuser ornament.  If you’ve never worked with wool fiber before, you can do some pretty amazing things once you learn how to felt. I have felted some wool dryer balls in the past, but the technique I used today involves a needle and a cookie cutter, instead of soapy hot water and the dryer.

 

Materials needed to make your own needle felted essential oil diffuser ornament:

I purchased the set of cookie cutters listed above that is all different Christmas themed shapes.  Yes, you can use these for Christmas cut-out cookies, but you can also use these shapes to make ornaments!

Then get out your styrofoam spongy base that comes in the needle felting kit and place your cookie cutter on top of that.  Fill the cookie cutter with green wool, and then you take one of the felting needles from your kit and just start poking the wool until it gets flat.  You will poke it with a needle hundreds of times until you get a flat piece of wool.  It takes about 10 minutes or so.  The fibers will be “felted” together from the needle work and then it will hold its new shape in the form of a Christmas tree!  If you’ve never needle felted before, then check out this easy video on how to get started with needle felting.

 

The kit also comes with some leather finger coveres.  You can wear that if you want so that your finger doesn’t get irritated from pressing down the needle.  I found I didn’t need that for this project because I wasn’t spending hours and hours doing this.  But if I was to spend that amount of time, then yes, I’d want to wear the leather on my finger.

I also mentioned above that this is a project your kids can help with!  My 8 year old loves poking in the needle and she was working on an angel ornament the same time I was working on this tree.  This project is for older kids though – I doubt I would have let my daughter work on this at a younger age.  The needles are – well – needles!  They are sharp!  And if you or your child are not careful, they can certainly poke right into your skin.  So use caution when showing this technique to your kids.

iAgain, If you’ve never needle felted before, then check out this easy video on how to get started with needle felting.  Its way easier than you might think!

Once you have one side felted enough, then you need to peel it off of your styrofoam sponge board and felt the other side.  The other side will be flat, but some fibers will be sticking out and you’ll just need to neaten it up a bit from being so fuzzy.  Watch the video I linked above – and she shows what I mean about the back side.

Once the tree is formed, you can now decorate it using seed beads, a needle and green thread!

I ran out of green thread, so I actually used 3 strands of green embroidery floss that I had on hand.  That works just as well!  I topped the tree off with a star, and left enough embroidery floss at the top to be able to hang the ornament!

I love the simplicity of this – and that since it is a thick fiberous material that works well to hold essential oils. I have an artificial tree, so I never get the authentic pine smell in my house each year.  But when I have a great smelling pine or fir or spruce or Christmas blend essential oil that I put on these ornaments, it gives my living room the smell like it is a real tree!  (and without the mess of falling needles!)

Here is another idea:  take some white wool and the snowflake cookie cutter and needle felt a snowflake ornament!

When you are ready to diffuse some essential oil, just add a few drops of your favorite evergreen tree or Christmas blend essential oil right onto the felt!  The more felted ornaments with a drop or two of oils, the stronger the scent.  You probably need at least 3 ornaments placed around the tree to get a noticeable lingering authentic Christmas aroma.

If you are looking for another style of essential oil diffuser ornament – check out this Essential Oil Diffuser Christmas Tree Ornament using beads and ribbon!

Clear Plastic Ornament Balls – 10 Cute Ways to Use Them This Christmas

Clear Plastic Ornament Balls – 10 Cute Ways to Use Them This Christmas

    I have gotten many empty clear plastic ornament balls either from Christmas Clearance sales, or at places like Oriental Trading. Here are some options over on Amazon: I have a few ideas that are on my own personal tree, and I found some other great ideas from fellow crafty bloggers.  Hope you feel inspired –… Continue Reading

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas:  Poinsettias With Money Origami Flower!

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas: Poinsettias With Money Origami Flower!

  If you are looking for unique Christmas gift ideas this year, then check this one out.  I’m going to show you a money origami flowers that makes 6 petal flowers.  These look so cute and creative – and you can stick them in a Poinsettia plant as a “bonus” monetary gift to the poinsettia… Continue Reading

Homemade Christmas Decorations:  Scrabble Tile Magnet Boards

Homemade Christmas Decorations: Scrabble Tile Magnet Boards

Homemade Christmas Decorations: Scrabble Tile Christmas Magnet Boards   My husband has a rule in our house – that no Christmas movies are allowed to be watched, and no Christmas decorations are allowed to be put up, until he has consumed his very last bite of Thanksgiving dinner. He’s the only one in this house… Continue Reading

6 Homemade Soap Recipes for DIY Christmas Gifts – Makes 12 Bars in One Hour!

6 Homemade Soap Recipes for DIY Christmas Gifts – Makes 12 Bars in One Hour!

Looking for an EASY and Personal DIY gift idea this season?  Then be sure to check out these homemade soap recipes: If the thought of making your own soap for a DIY Christmas gift seems overwhelming – guess again!  I can make 12 bars in less than an hour!  You really just melt a soap… Continue Reading

Homemade Soap for Christmas with Pine & Frankincense Essential Oils

Homemade Soap for Christmas with Pine & Frankincense Essential Oils

  I cannot believe that we are in the middle of the fall season and that the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is right around the corner!  If  you are like me and want to slow the hustle just a bit, then plan ahead now for your DIY Christmas gifts you plan on… Continue Reading

Picture Frame Dry Erase Board for Thanksgiving – Includes Free PDF!

Picture Frame Dry Erase Board for Thanksgiving – Includes Free PDF!

    I can’t believe that the first of November will be here tomorrow!  Throughout the month of November, I like to ask my kids each night at dinner to record one thing they are thankful for.  That way we can focus more on the act of thanksgiving all month long rather than just on… Continue Reading

Frugal Fall Decor:  Fall Nature Vase & Autumn Scrapbook Paper Tree

Frugal Fall Decor: Fall Nature Vase & Autumn Scrapbook Paper Tree

This fall Tablescape is perfect for those who want to decorate on a budget, or who aren’t crafty!  This is inexpensive and EASY!!     Fall Nature Vase Materials needed: Vase from Dollar Tree Pinecones & Acorns 120 Artificial Fall Maple Leaves in a Mixture of Autumn Colors – I ordered 120 of them because I… Continue Reading

HappyDealHappyDay.com | Maura White Google + Page