Summer is a great time to make some crafts with the kids. Or, start thinking about Christmas! I know, it is early but the lazy days of summer by the pool, sipping lemonade can also be passed with a little crafting.
This project is quick and easy and great for the kids to do too. All of the product needed to create this project is featured in our Fun Lettering Bundle on our website.
Create some rolled roses from felt. Here’s a tutorial those shows how to create these kinds of flowers: http://www.hydrangeahippo.com/2010/05/its-blog-hop.html
Next, spray the flower with water. Since Tombow’s Markers are water based, wetting a project first with water will allow the ink to flow into the fibers of the fabric, like watercolor.
Gently brush the edges of the flower with the brush tip of a Tombow marker. Use different colors of different effects.
While the flowers are drying, cut two 1/5″ circles from felt. Sew two lines across the circles (holding the circles together) to create a channel for a barrette to slip into. I learned this neat little trick from my friend Nancy Hyland, who makes these for her daughter.
After the barrette base is ready, apply a Tombow Fastener Tab to the flower. I attached leaves to the back of the flower before attaching the tab. Peel the adhesive backing from the other side of the tab and adhere to the barrette base.
Now, peel off the flower. The top of the barrette base can be changed depending on what you’re wearing that day. This is great for traveling because you can bring one base and bunch of different toppers to change each day.
I used some Tombow markers to colors a corner of Heidi Swapp Color Magic resist paper to make another topper for the barrette.
After I colored the section, I sprayed the marker ink with water to make it run together. Then I ran the paper and a piece of chipboard through a diecut machine to make a star shape.
I applied one half of a Tombow Fastener Tab to the back of the star. Then I pressed the star onto the barrette base to change the barrette design.
I hope this inspires you to get a little crafty with the kids this summer. These also make really fun stocking stuffers or gifts!