Christmas Figures from Polystyrene Cones with Needle Felting
This mouse and Father Christmas are both made from a polystyrene cone and carded wool which is needle felted onto the figures. Cut-out pieces of felt are felted onto the figures with a felting needle.
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Felt small tufts of carded wool onto the polystyrene cone. Use a felting needle and push this up and down repeatedly through the wool.
Mark the cone with a pencil to where you wish to change to another colour wool.
Twist long tufts of carded wool between your fingers and felt them onto the cone for the collar and the rim of the hat.
Make a round shape from carded wool for the bobble on the hat (+ nose and eyes for the face) using a felting needle.
Felt the bobble onto the tip of the hat using a felting needle.
Felt a large tuft of carded wool onto the figure with the felting needle for the beard.
Cut hands/mittens from felt for the figure. (Templates are available as a separate PDF file for this idea).
Felt the cut out parts onto the figure.
Make the mouse following the same procedure as the Father Christmas.