February 26, 2013

Easy Felt Carrot Garland

To me, Easter crafts are the best possible way to kick off my spring crafting season. Today’s easy craft idea for making a sweet carrot garland out of felt is one that can easily be finished in the span of an afternoon, and the bright, vibrant colors are sure to break through the winter blahs and add some pizzazz to your Easter decorations!

Easy felt carrot garland. This is one of the cutest Easter crafts ever!

Full credit for this project idea must be given to Lisa Storms of Fiskars. I first happened upon her marvelous idea for crafting a paper carrot garland a few weeks ago, and I adapted that idea to make a similar garland out of felt. If you would like a no-sew version of this project, I highly recommend checking out her post!

For this project, you will need…

  • Felt in 3 colors: dark green, light green, and orange
  • Orange thread, yarn, and/or embroidery floss
  • Shears
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Optional, but recommended: rotary cutter and mat, mini clothespins

To begin, cut your felt into strips. (I recommend doing so with a rotary cutter and mat.) For each carrot, you will need (1) 8-inch strip of light green felt, (1) 6-inch strip of dark green felt, and (1) 11-inch strip of orange felt. Note: these dimensions yield carrots that are 6.5 inches long.

Now, fold the dark green piece in half width-wise, as shown. Press it flat with your fingers, and lay it down on your work surface. (It should stay folded, but in case it doesn’t, use a mini clothespin to secure it.)

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Working with the light green felt strip, fold the piece in half width-wise, and then fold each remaining edge down to meet the fold, as shown.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Your light green piece will look like an accordion.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Tuck the folded dark green piece in between the two folds in the light green piece, as shown, pinching to secure.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Fold the orange strip in half width-wise, and then wrap it around the stacked green pieces, making sure the center of the orange strip is aligned with the center of the green pieces.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

At this point, I highly recommend clamping everything together securely with a mini clothespin. (I purchased mine in the home office section at Walmart.) This will prevent the frustration of having your pieces come undone in the next step.

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Thread the embroidery needle with orange thread, and stitch in and out through the base of the folded pieces, as shown.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Tie the thread tightly in a knot.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Now, fold the remaining loose edges of the orange felt down, around and together, and stitch together about 1/8″ from the edge to secure. Your carrot is finished!

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Repeat this process until you have your desired number of carrots, and then thread the carrots together through the green leaf portion of each to form a garland using the embroidery needle and orange embroidery floss or yarn. (I recommend against using standard thread for this step, as it tends to break easily.)

You are finished!

This carrot garland is such a quick and easy project, yet it can be used for any number of purposes: Easter party decor, mantel decor, and so much more!

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

My garland is hung along with a fuzzy green feather boa in my Easter mantel display, which I’ll be sharing next week.

Easy Felt Carrot Garland Easter Craft :: PositivelySplendid.com

 

Do you enjoy Easter crafting? Have you made any cute Easter crafts yet this year?

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39 Responses to Easy Felt Carrot Garland

  1. Paula@SweetPea February 26, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    Adorable! I made some cute carrot Easter eggs that I’m going to post tomorrow.

  2. Yasmin February 26, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    This is so cute!! Definitely making this with my kids!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Richella @ Imparting Grace February 26, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    This is so cute! I’ve had a craft-less winter; this might be just the thing to re-charge my batteries! :) Pinning this to my Easter board!

  4. Shannon February 26, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    These are adorable!

  5. Jess February 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    OH my goodness this is adorable!! :)

    I would love for you to join my Blog Hop Link Up!

    http://www.pluckys-secondthought.com/pluckys-link-up-and-a-giveaway/

  6. jules p February 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    this is so stinking adorable. I can’t wait to make this.

  7. Shirley February 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    This is such a cute idea, thanks for sharing.

  8. Eva Scott February 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow, that is so stinkin’ cute!

  9. June February 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    This is so adorable!!!!!!

  10. Crystal February 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Absolutely adorable!!! Brightens up the space and makes you in the mood for spring. Love it!!

  11. Ali March 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Did I miss where it says how wide the strips are supposed to be? I see how long, but I don’t see how wide. HELP!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid March 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi, Ali! My strips are 1″ wide. Have fun!

      • Ali March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

        Thank you! Cutting begins…NOW! :)

  12. Christina at I Gotta Create! March 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    This is so sweet Amy. Pinned it :)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  13. Elaine March 13, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I made two sets of these. One is for my MIL who is hosting Easter dinner. :) cost me less $2 to make both! Instead of sewing the bottom, I used a glue gun to finish the carrot. No sew! :) thanks for sharing this project.

  14. Laura March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks so much! Crazy cute.
    I’m using what few felt scraps I have.
    I’ve made my with 1/2 inch strips. And a bit shorter by about two inches each strip.
    Instead of machine sewing- I just hand stitched and looks good.
    Nice evening project for TV time with the hubby.
    ok, no more pinterest. Back to my taxes!

  15. Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade March 26, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    oh my gosh, these are the cutest things! Love for you to link up with us at our blog party. Open to crafts, recipes, DIY, and etsy shops.
    http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/2013/03/in-and-out-of-kitchen-link-up-party_25.html
    Following you on FB now! Found you mentioned on another blog.

  16. Shari March 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I made 16 of these cute carrots this evening while watching Tv with my husband. I used pinking shears adding a flair to them. I had fun making them and love the final product.

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