One of the things I was particularly anxious to do proper off the bat in 2016 was get my workplace in completely working problem. Ever considering that moving in back in October, the room had been practical, but not at all inspiring. Right after about a month of residing with the set up post-move, I actually decided to do some thing a tiny drastic and switched the two smaller bedrooms in our house—the back bedroom that started out as our guest area is now residence to my desk and craft supplies, and the side bedroom that utilized to be my workplace has because been transformed into a cozy guest room.
Despite the fact that the furniture had been switched for about 3 weeks, I hadn’t done a lot beyond that. The walls in my office had been even now the yellow shade they were when we first moved in, and the art was stacked in a corner waiting to be correctly hung. Over the holidays though, I managed to tackle both to-dos—the space is now a brilliant, vivid white, and the art is finally up on the walls in which it belongs. I’ll post a full reveal as soon as I have time to get all of the tinier specifics into area, but for now I wanted to share a easy embellishment that I managed to craft correct before I mentioned sayonara for the holidays: a DIY felt ball garland.
- Felt balls (I ordered two bags of Seamstress Felt Balls from Hello Maypole this type is currently sold out, but it’s coming back quickly)
- Thin string or chording
- Thick needle
Though you can surely make your own felt balls for this venture to conserve a tiny bit of cash, I made the decision to prioritize my time instead and purchased pre-manufactured balls from Hello Maypole. I’ve manufactured felt balls by hand prior to, and despite the fact that it’s a fine process for a handful of balls, I required about 100 for this venture. It was nicely worth the small investment to purchase felt balls from Hello Maypole, plus I was able to support a small company at the identical time! Win, win.
To make your own felt ball garland, very first string your thick needle onto the finish of a piece of string or chording. Below, you’ll see pictured a length of string connected to my needle, but the string ended up currently being as well thick for my felt balls to simply string onto, so I opted for thin gray chord as an alternative.
After you have your needle and chord prepared to go, commence by holding the very first felt ball in amongst your thumb and index and middle fingers, then wiggle the tip of the needle into the ball. Push the needle out by means of the other finish of the felt ball and pull it onto the string. Carry on operating your way in this method through the pile of felt balls with the needle and chord.
Since the felt balls tend to be fairly stout, you may want to grip the head of the needle between your fingers and “stir” it all around the end of the felt ball. This circular motion will assist widen the hole so that the chord can slip simply via the felt ball.
After you’re finished stringing all of the felt balls onto the chord, unfurl an additional foot or two of chord and lower it free of charge with scissors. Since I wasn’t quite confident how I desired to organize the balls (butted up against each and every other, a gap in between them, etc.), I needed to leave as a lot additional string as I could so that I had room to play around.
In the finish, I decided on a half-inch gap among the felt balls to make the garland a small longer, plus this permitted the garland to drape a minor bit simpler on my wall. As for the shade scheme, I could have very easily picked a uniform pattern of colors, but decided to throw caution to the wind and rather went with a randomly arranged shade scheme. I like the eclectic really feel of the finished garland, and promptly hung it proper more than the calendar behind my desk as a creative reminder to seek out bold colour in all that I do every single day.
Keep tuned for the the full reveal of each the newly decked out office and guest area! What are you hunting forward to tackling 1st in 2016?