Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas Needle Felting

There's something about wintertime that makes needle felting extra appealing. Maybe it's working with warm fuzzy wool, or the idea of crafting cute Christmas tree ornaments. I don't know what it is exactly, but when the weather gets cooler, the felting needles come out. Case and point: I posted my first felting tutorial to YouTube this summer, and while the video was well received, the views didn't soar until autumn rolled in. Now the 'Needle Felted Owl' is one of my top videos. And I totally get it, because I'm sitting here in my pj's, curled up by the fire, looking out the window at the cold dark snowy landscape, and I'm felting an elf. 

And since we're all so into felting now, I thought I'd round up all my felting tutorials in one blog post and show you guys some other cute projects that I've worked on lately. I hope some of these cuddly little creatures will inspire your own creations! And feel free to copy these designs, there's no better way to get started than with a strong image in your mind. Sometimes when I see a cute ornament in a gift shop, I just snap a pic and use the photo to help me felt my own version. 

I'll start with my needle felted lumberjacks. I saw a lumberjack ornament in a holiday catalogue this year and thought 'I can make that!'. So I did. And they turned out perfectly Chrismasy and Canadian. Watch the full tutorial on YouTube.

You may remember this friendly gnome from last December. I made felted ornaments for everyone in my family and the gnomes were a real hit. This year I took the time to make one just for me. If you'd like to try crafting a gnome, click here to read the photo tutorial.

Animals are a lot of fun to felt, and I want to make so many different ones! A fox, a hedgehog, a penguin... and I'll get around to making all of those eventually, but for now, here's what I have tackled. Last year it was a Christmas mouse, and currently, I'm working on a snowy white polar bear.  

And birds are quite cute too. I've made many, many owls. The spherical ones felt up quickly and look lovely as tree ornaments. I have a video tutorial and a photo post on making owls. Take your pic of instructions!

Need a gift for the backyard chicken enthusiast on your list? May I suggest, a felted chicken. (In exchange for fresh eggs, of course!)

In my latest video, I give a quick intro to felting with this simple acorn craft. Place these acorns in a coffee table bowl for fun, touchable holiday decor.

That's all the felting I have to share. I know you guys will be creating some seriously cute tree ornaments and Christmas decor, so please share your work with me! You can post your photos on my Facebook page, or on Instagram. Tag me or use #shaydacreative. Merry Merry!


  1. Hi Shayda! This is my first time here. I found your site through your Picmonkey Tutorial on Youtube! Your video was very helpful, thank you! I'm wanting to learn to use it to start making printables to sell. So, your video was really nice to get me started! Everything on your blog is so pretty! But I especially loved your Lumberjacks!!! Hope you're having a great day!

  2. Hi Shauna! Yesterday, just by happenstance, I came across your YouTube video on needle felting a little owl! This was the first time that I had seen this really neat craft done!!! The owl is adorable!!! Will you ever consider selling kits to do Needle Felting!?? Thank you!

  3. Sorry about the auto correction of your name, Shayda...!