A Little Mistletoe
Its’ the last day of A Handmade Christmas , and for my last project I am sharing a little DIY mistletoe love. Because who doesn’t need more kisses in their life?
Growing up we had mistletoe hanging in the kitchen doorway year round. I absolutely loved it. A few days ago I got this idea, and I am so excited about how it turned out! But the best part about it? I already had everything I needed on hand. I love a free project!
This is made from a little wool felt, a few felted balls and some vintage velvet ribbon. I attached mine to a headband, but you could turn it into a brooch, or a hairclip as well.
I had some creamy wool roving that I turned into felt balls (here’s a similar tutorial on how to do that), but you could use little mini pompoms, or buttons, or pearls. My little balls are between 1/4″ and 1/2″ across. I only used about a half inch of roving for each one, and I let them dry overnight before I started this project. Whatever you use, make sure it’s an odd number.
Cut 4 or 5 circles from green felt. Mine are about 4 inches across, I used a drinking glass as a template. Then cut each circle into a flower shape to make the mistletoe leaves. Fold each flower into thirds of fourths. Use a scrap of felt for the base and stitch the leaves on covering up your stitches as you go. Continue adding your green felt flowers until you’ve got a good little pile of leaves.
Using matching thread, stitch the felt balls (pom poms, buttons, pearls) onto the leaves, making sure you go all the way through to the backside so everything is secure. I ran the needle through the bead, and then went back the other way, so I had a tiny little indent on the ends of each wool bead, kind of like real mistletoe.
After you’ve stitched on your berries, add a cute little bow. I used vintage velvet ribbon that my mom gave to me. I am pretty sure that it was a scrap left over from her wedding.
Next trim your base scrap of wool down and hot glue it to a headband (or a pinback or a clip). Then cut another piece and glue it on the opposite side of the headband to cover up all those little edges, and hide the stitches, the glue and the headband.
And in just 30 minutes (aside from making the felt balls) you’ve got a festive hairpiece to wear to a party!
Now wear your handmade mistletoe with pride. And pucker up. There are kisses to be had.