When I heard about the Scribble Challenge, I got really excited. See, Scribble Shop is an online craft store that sells over 75,000 different items. (Yeah, they have pretty much everything!) For this challenge post, they sent me a box containing a selection of a few of the items they sell; my job was to create a project using as many of the contents as possible. When my box arrived, it was so much fun to open! I found that it contained:
- Wool roving, green, $2.09
- Wool roving, royal blue, $2.09
- Feathers, $3.19 (or on hand)
- Large glitter brads, $3.79 (or on hand)
- Martha Stewart glitter, $3.99 (or on hand)
- Fabric charm squares, $5.99 (or on hand)
- Chalkboard paint, $3.49
- Ferrero Rocher candies, $1 and up
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the wool roving was something that’s been on my crafty bucket list: needle felting! Then the combination of the feathers and glitter, along with the colors in the box, made me think of Mardi Gras. It was an “a-ha!” moment. I knew I had to make some sort of felted mask. The materials were begging for just such a treatment!
We could also use items from our own stash to supplement the materials provided in the box. In addition to the goodies that Scribble Shop sent, I used:
- A felted thrift store sweater, on hand or $1 and up (or you could use store-bought wool felt)
- Embroidery hoop, $1.59
- Needle felting mat, $10.49
- Needle felting tool, $16.95
Depending what you have on hand and whether or not you use the exact same components, you should be able to replicate this project for about $10 and up.
First I used a Sharpie to draw the shape of a mask on my felted sweater. (If you don’t feel comfortable drawing freehand, sketch it on a piece of paper first, then cut it out and use that as a template to transfer the image to your felt.)
Then I used my needle felting tool and mat to fill in the mask with wool roving. I twisted the pieces of roving as I attached them to create a swirl-like pattern.
Once the entire mask was felted, I mounted it in the embroidery hoop and trimmed away the excess felt. I used the chalkboard paint to paint the embroidery hoop black before mounting the mask in it.
Next came the best part: embellishing the mask! I started by gluing a grouping of feathers to the top of the mask.
Then I carefully pressed the glitter brads through the felt to dress up the corners of the mask.
I used the fabric to cover the base of the feathers. I cut a circle out of the fabric and used my i-top button maker with brad backs to make a custom brad. Alternatively, you can get the same effect using an upholstery button kit.
After I ate the candies (trust me, they didn’t survive long), I carefully smoothed out the foil and tucked it aside. I pulled it back out to give the mask gilded features. I cut two eye shapes and a lip shape out of scrap cardboard, then wrapped them in the gorgeous gold foil.
I used the glue pen that came with the glitter to make a fine line around the edge of each gold-wrapped piece, then dumped on some sparkle. Once the glue dried, I tapped off the excess glitter and glued the features into place.
Huzzah! I managed to use everything in the box!! (*Pats self on back*) If you had to use everything in the box to make one project, what would you create?
Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign with ScribbleShop.com and Blueprint Social. All opinions are 100% my own. Full disclosure here.