Friday, December 10, 2010

make your own mistletoe tutorial...

i've never been thrilled with the mistletoe decorations offered commercially.  they're always too...plasticky.  (yuck.)

so i decided to make my own! 

for this tutorial you will need:
  • mistletoe template (provided below)
  • one sheet of green felt
  • sharpie or fabric pencil
  • pearl embellishments
  • hot glue or fabric glue
  • ribbon of your choice
i began by drawing some mistletoe sprigs to use as a template.  lucky for you, since i already drew them you don't have to!  just click, save, & print the image below.  (you can also resize it if you'd like yours bigger or smaller.)
next, cut out the templates and trace around them on your felt using the marker or pencil of your choice.  i traced the small one twice.  (and i flipped the template over so the leaves would face opposite directions.)  you could trace more sprigs if you wanted a larger grouping.

cut out your felt shapes and arrange the sprigs to your liking.  glue the stems and leaves where they overlap.
then arrange your pearl embellishments (found in the scrapbook embellishments aisle) to resemble clusters of mistletoe berries and glue them in place.
finally, tie a ribbon bow around the stems.  cut an additional length of ribbon--mine was 8 inches--and loop it to create a hanger.  glue it to the back.
you're done!  
hang your newly crafted mistletoe above the door...
i used a command hook for easy removal later on.
let the smooching commence!

26 comments:

  1. Hi, Kacey! That is pretty much the cutest Christmas project evah! Thanks for the template and the great idea. I love your blog design, too. Nice to meet you!

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  2. Cute, cute and the uses are endless. Thanks for sharing your idea. Cheers xo

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  3. I LOVE your felt mistletoe ... I always hate the plastic stuff as well. Thanks for sharing your cute tutorial!

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  4. That is so pretty and elegant, it would also look fabulous appliqued onto a pillow.

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  5. This is so clever. I just love the idea and am going to give it a try tomorrow. Thanks so very much for sharing. Genie from buttonsforbagaa.bloodspot.com

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  6. HEY this is awesome! I had THE SAME idea because there's no mistletoe where I am in Canada. Too funny coming across your felt mistletoe idea from Tatertots and Jello :) Yours is ADORABLE and I am definitely using your template :) Thanks!

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  7. hello again! I just made my own mistletoe, using your template! Thanks a "bunch" !! I also linked to your tutorial on my blog post!!

    http://homemakin-decoratin.blogspot.com/2010/12/kiss-me-kiss-me.html

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  8. just made one for my home! Love it!

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  9. I refused to buy any of those store-bought mistletoe ornaments, also because the are just too fake. And ugly! lol

    So, many thanks for your version, which is very cute, by the way.

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  10. super cute craft! i just made my own version, and shared the link to this tutorial on twitter. thanks for sharing! xo!

    ~emily

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  11. Oh my goodness, absolutely trying this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing! I love mistletoe and its so hard to find at florists in the UK!
    Sam x

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  12. Wow, this looks like a great teacher gift, too!

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  13. Cute idea..so simple, yet classy. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. thank you! Found you on pinterest!

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  15. So glad I found this post! I am making these with my class of first graders. I have been looking for a way to make it easily! This is wonderful, thank you for sharing!

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  16. I posted these two tutorial on craft gossip felting, love both!
    http://felting.craftgossip.com/2011/12/14/diy-felt-mistletoe-mistletoe-pomander-ornament-tutorial/

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  17. This is gorgeous! Will be making some this afternoon to adorn my hallway..Pucker up x

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  18. This project rocks! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it this week on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" on my blog SewRockin.com. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://wp.me/p1VAkT-ie

    Great job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

    Jamie

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  19. Just made 4 of these tonight! 3 for gifts, one for us. I've been wanting mistletoe since we got married 7 years ago1 Every year I look and never find any, not even ugly plastic ones. This was perfect and I am really excited to give a few away as gifts. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm having some friends over tomorrow and we'll be making mistletoe. Merry Christmas!

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  21. these are perfect and gorgeous. thank you so much for sharing your process and creativity. i'm so going to whip up a few of these for my home, and maybe as stocking stuffers. this would SO rock as a bunch/posey of mistletoe in a ball hanging from an arch in a room. i found your blog---omg, it's terrible that in 10-15 minutes i've completely forgotten how i found it. from a wrap-up collection of best christmas ornament craft photos. anyway can't wait to check out more of your blog and creativity! yay!

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  22. Does this mistletoe count for kissing? ;-)
    Anyhow, it's quite cute and it's a project that everyone in the family can work on. Plus, it can be used from year to year and won't decay as quickly as real mistletoe. Thanks for sharing this family friendly craft project.

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  23. That seems like a fun project. It's not too time consuming and I already have most of those materials. Good way to get creative.

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