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Cover your white earbuds with colorful needle-felted flowers. (This project was designed and carried out by my eight-year-old daughter. I am merely her photographer and secretary.)
 
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Step 1: Materials

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This project can be done after one visit to a good yarn store - the kind of store that supplies spinners as well as knitters. You can also find materials online, but then you have to wait for them to come in the mail.

You will need:

Wool fleece. You won't need much for this project, so if you can find a sampler pack with multiple colors, that's great. Otherwise, you'll just have plenty of material to make other felting projects...

One or two felting needles. These are SHARP. And brittle. (You may want a back-up needle.) Proceed with caution. Have band-aids just in case. We had no injuries this time, but I've jabbed myself in the past when I've gotten distracted.

A kitchen sponge with small holes in it, or a piece of foam scrounged from packing material.

Spare earbuds. We borrowed my husband's extra set, since he was at work...

Step 2: Flower Center

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Take a piece of fleece for the center of your flower. Fluff it up a bit. Combine it with another color if you'd like a slightly different shade.

Roll it between your hands to make a snake shape.

Coil the snake into a snail shape.

Put the snail down on the piece of foam or sponge, and jab it gently but repeatedly with the felting needle until all the parts are stuck together and you like the shape, turning it as you go along. If you don't like the shape, keep turning and poking until you do.
goatgirly5 years ago
Pretty sweet! I love needle felting. That is a really cute idea. I can't believe an 8 year old did that. I feel like my work is not as impressive any more. Awesome!
Lftndbt5 years ago
That is AWESOME!!!! I want them RIGHT NOW!!!!! :-) I could see these done in felt also. An 8yr old that is not only up to date with current fashion trends, but apparently is also setting them, in areas involving audio feedback devices. You do realise that has not been done before, at all. That is very remarkable. Make sure you do the I'ble thing again if she has anything else to share, these are great!! I took the liberty of adding them to the Craftzine.com group as you will get more views and or coverage. They should also appear on craftzine.com currents projects within the hour. Oh I subscribed as well, I am not missing anything else she has to share...!! Well done!! I would like to also thank you for facilitating your daughters I'ble. I think more people should follow your example and display their childrens hard work.
thats true I was raised doing arts and crafts and this didn't even occur to me
Doctor What5 years ago
Those are nice! I'll avoid the flowers and go with something else though.
omnibot5 years ago
I wanna make GIANT EARS-earbuds .. the flowers are nice though.
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
innovative idea, tho i think a little too bulky
tieguy5 years ago
Aww. cute kid, smart too. She'll probably be a great designer when she's older.
Maureclaire5 years ago
Adorable ! What a kid ! Can't wait to see what she makes when she's grown !!! Have a feeling she's gonna be famous ! She could NOT be cuter, either !
aunt maria5 years ago
This is so cool! We might have to make some in our house too!