I sat down the other day and did an impromptu art project together with two of my kids! And of course I'm happy to share the results with you, since this is a great project for all ages and abilities. I cut out lots of petal shaped felt pieces and provided the kids with folded cards, glue, a box of buttons and some yarn. Here's what they came up with:
Aren't these just the cutest? My almost 8 yr old daughter did the one on the left, and my almost 5 yr old son did the one on the right. I just love seeing their personalities reflected in their art!
- thick needle with eye big enough for yarn
- card stock
Pretty self explanatory, just some notes about the embroidery:
- When embroidering on paper, unlike fabric there is no room for making mistakes since a hole is a hole!
- So plan ahead and make your holes before you start embroidering. Also, you really can't see what you're doing from the back, so there's no way to know where to come up through the paper with your needle unless you've either made holes or marked them with indentations.
- I used both yarn (green) and embroidery floss (orange) and I love the contrast between the two weights.
- With embroidered cards you'll want to work on a flat piece of card stock (or two pieces, like mine, namely a white square glued onto a pink square) and then glue your artwork to the card after you've completed the embroidery. Because the embroidered card had some dimension it can't lie flat, (which is actually a plus!) so I used hot glue to affix it to the card.