Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CraftShare Week 8: Felt Is Fun Treasure Map


Okay, I know this week's topic is a pretty obvious craft item: FELT. But, there are loads of great uses for it, like a:

Card Table Playhouse

Doctor's Kit

Quiet Book

There are tons of other cool ways to use this simple fabric & this week we're going to show some of them.

Why Choose Felt?  
Well it's versatile, hardwearing, easy to work with and cheap.  It also comes in loads of colors - I've even seen print felt at my local Joann's (how about a little tie-dye or leopard spots for your next felt project??).

Now one thing about felt that may not be obvious to everyone (at least it wasn't to me not too long ago), is that besides the little 8.5"x11" sheets, it comes by the yard.  And a yard is usually 72" wide.  So it goes a long way and it more bang for your buck than the little sheets.  It also means you can do large scale projects easily, like felt playhouses & play mats and still have loads left for all kinds of other projects.  Perfect for a crafting cheap-o like myself.

Today's project is made from some of the felt remnants left from making my Shop Around Playhouse and it is easy and requires no major crafting skills!!  If you can use scissors and glue, you can make it.  It's a Felt Treasure Map!

You'll need:
Assorted colors of felt scraps & 1-2 large pieces for the map itself
Glue (the white craft/school kind)
Scissors
Optional - paper, die cuts

Here's how:

- I cut out a big 18"x18" rectangle of cream felt & then a 19"x19" of tan and glued them together for the map.


- I then used my Cuttlebug to cut out some of the sea & pirate shapes in paper and hand cut out the blue lines from felt.  If you don't have a cutter, you could either draw or print out the shapes on card stock & cut them out (or just from felt if you're feeling crafty enough).


- For the paper shapes I glued them to white felt (so their details would show up) and trimmed the felt into shape and allowed everything to dry.


I was a bit short on time, but I may embellish it a bit with more items later, maybe add a compass and cut the edges bit to "age" it, but it will work as-is.  Now my guys have a treasure map playmat that they can design & redesign as much as they want.  You could also glue them down in place if you want a permanent map.

I know many of you have made felt stuff - it's in every crafter's arsenal.  So tell me what you've made or what you think would be a cool felt project.  And if you've blogged about it or got pics of it, go ahead & add your creation to the CraftShare Flickr Pool.

Sharing this with my fave link parties too so check them out here!


33 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I just added about ten things to my project list looking at this cute post! I can barely stand waiting to try these fun felt activities out!

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  2. I love the treasure map! What a fun thing to make!

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided.
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/

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  3. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  4. Cute, cute, cute! My little boys would love this. I'll have to try to work on this project with them next week when camp is out.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  5. Very, very cute! Love the treasure map!

    You've got some very creative ideas on your blog. I could spend lots of time here.

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  6. I love these ideas, I had to share with my friends.

    Angela

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  7. That is so dang cute! My boys are 4, 6, and 7 and I'm pretty sure this would be the most played with thing in our house.

    I might have to set aside some time today and make this for them. Thanks for the fabulous idea and for linking up at Craftastical!

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  8. Nice one! I love felt too, but never tried to make toys with it. Yours are lovely.

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  9. Great treasure map! Such a great boy thing. Thanks for linking up! I've featured your link-up on this week's top 10 newsletter. Please come again!

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  10. I heart felt too!

    My son is having a pirate party in Oct and something like this was on my to do list. It is great.

    Saw you at whatever goes Wednesday.

    I would love for you to stop by sometime.

    Larissa
    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  11. Very cute ideas. I love felt.

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  12. I found you on New Friend Friday and added two projects to the pile just by checking out your home page! I have SO much felt hanging around that I bought to make felt food but haven't yet. I'm loving the map & play house. Oh yay. Santa better get to work (among my other ambitions) for the twins' 2nd Christmas. I'm off to follow you now.

    Jami

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  13. This is something fun one can't mess-up too much. Good for little ones too.

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  14. It looks like you have a serious felt obsession ;). The doctor kit with the "x-ray" cracked me up. Wonderful job - thanks for linking with FFT.

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  15. I love it! The treasure map is adorable!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Liz

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  16. I need to make one of these. I love felt; it is so versatile for kiddo crafts/toys/fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. So very cute and fun for kids! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

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  18. Love the treasure map! Never thought to use my cuttlebug on felt! Thanks for linking up!

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  19. Pirate treasure map is awesome! In my house we love ANYTHING pirate.. will have to try making one to hang on the way in our boys pirate bedroom!
    http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/

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  20. Felt is so fun! I love it too!

    That map is too cool!

    I featured you here: http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunday-spotlight-soys-36-favorites_24.html

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  21. Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  22. Incredible!!! Fantastic!! I want to go on a treasure hunt now.

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  23. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on FTF today! Stop by and pick up a featured button if you would like! Thanks!

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  24. great idea

    I have included this in my Gifts To Sew For Christmas round up
    http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2010/10/lots-of-gifts-to-sew.html
    thanks
    jo

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  25. feautured these on my blog today!!!

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  26. Hi Cheryl-

    You are so dead on about felt being so hardwearing, especially when you buy the blends that are wool-heavy. Given that most treasure maps are paper and easily disposable, your felt treasure map really stuck out to me!

    I featured your felt treasure map at our pirate crafts & activities round-up.

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!
    Nicolette
    The Classroom Creative

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