HOW TO MAKE… FELT TABLE DECORATIONS
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