Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Look What I Made!

After seeing a friend's idea at church (thanks, Amber!), I decided to make something like it for Lillian. We started with a colorful paper folder. Then, I chose several sheets of felt in various colors.

I glued a black background to both sides using good ol' Elmer's. Next time, I think I'll use hot glue and I'll tell you why in a minute.

The last and best step was to design/create/cut out whatever Lillian wanted to "stick" to her felt background. If you've never played with felt, it is a wonderful thing that sticks to itself. I used no pattern (isn't it obvious!) and Lillian decorated the face. We cut clothes and decorated with sequins or made designs to glue to the front of shirts. I will use hot glue next time because Elmer's doesn't hold felt to felt very well.

We took our finished product to church last Sunday for a quiet time activity. I ended up doing a sun, clouds, grass, and flowers as an alternative to the doll and clothes. I store all the pieces in a Zip-loc bag inside the folder and it's ready to go!

I envisioned this turning out way cooler than it did, but Lillian helped with most of it and that made the project very fun no matter how it actually turned out!


Sweet Simplicity said...

Thats a great idea! I bet Lillian loved helping out.

Amber said...

Hey! That is really cool! My mom made ours (I am not nearly that creative), but I love the idea of clothes. I bet my girls would like that. Maybe I'll give it a whirl sometime soon.

She made one for all three of my girls, but Kate's is put away right now because she ate several flowers the other day.

Melinda said...

That's adorable. What a great idea!

Sweet Simplicity said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope Brent takes you somewhere great for a dinner celebration!

Amber Davis said...

I think that's a fun idea! Another perk I'm sure is that since the felt sticks to the chairs at church lillian is not limited to just her folder!

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