HOW TO MAKE… FELT TA­BLE DEC­O­RA­TIONS

Mollie Makes - - Living Home Tour -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

QQQQQQQQQQ­QQJ Wool felt, 20 x 30cm (8 x 12") sheets Em­broi­dery thread Card­board or chip­board

pom poms Small jew­els Sharp nee­dles Darn­ing nee­dle Felt glue Iron Prin­ter Pack­age tape Very sharp scis­sors Craft knife, box cut­ter or heavy duty scis­sors Tooth­picks, tweez­ers, wax pa­per (op­tional) Merry-mak­ers tend to be a bit full and snoozy by 25 De­cem­ber, but we think Danielle Thomp­son’s eye caf­feine ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions will wake ev­ery­one up a bit be­fore the fi­nal port and stil­ton course fin­ishes them off. The neon colours and pop art-in­spired mo­tifs are bound to de­light the non-tra­di­tion­al­ists, as well as pro­vid­ing a talk­ing point for any lulls in con­ver­sa­tion.

Have fun match­ing one or two to your guests, adding your own mo­tifs if you want – Aunt Mo’s Dame Edna-style specs can be copied to!a tee, and we won’t be able to re­sist de­liv­er­ing a tonguein-cheek ‘be jolly’ to the hum­bug of!the fam­ily.

Cut out the tem­plates for the tree base struc­ture (tri­an­gles) and the tree top­pers (pie!shape) on page 100, leav­ing an ex­tra 0.5cm (¼") around the edges. At­tach the cut pieces to the card­board (or chip­board) us­ing tem­po­rary ad­he­sive. Cut out along the tem­plate lines us­ing a craft knife, box cut­ter or heavy duty scis­sors. Peel off the pa­per pieces. Keep your tri­an­gles and tree top­per shapes for each of the five trees or­gan­ised, as they vary in size.

Set the tree top­per shapes to one side. To make each tree base, tape three tri­an­gles to­gether along the seams us­ing pack­ing tape to make a pyra­mid. Do this for!each tree, then set them aside.

Now we’ll cut out the felt shapes. Here’s a handy tip for if!you’re print­ing from our web­site: cut out 21.5 x 28cm (8.5 x!11") pieces of wax pa­per and print the tem­plates onto it in­stead of reg­u­lar pa­per. Be sure to print on the matte side. Then cut out the wax pa­per pieces leav­ing an 0.5cm (¼") space around tem­plate edge, and iron onto your felt, shiny side down. Cut along the lines us­ing su­per sharp scis­sors and peel off the re­main­ing wax pa­per. This is quicker and more ac­cu­rate than trac­ing the shapes onto wax pa­per. Al­ter­na­tively, you can print your tem­plates onto reg­u­lar prin­ter pa­per, cut out (again leav­ing 0.5cm (¼") around the edges), pin them to!your felt and cut out that way. Again, be sure to keep your pieces for each tree or­gan­ised so they don’t get mixed up.

Gather the ac­cent felt pieces for one tree (lips, sun­glasses, eyes, ‘fa

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