It’s not quite berry season yet, but that’s OK. Add some color to your table with a felt berry place card holder. These would be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.
I was in World Market the other day and I noticed that they have all kinds of miniature tasting dinnerware. Spoons, plates and cups for delightful tidbits. I snatched them up before I could even think about what to do with them. Friends, I love a good amuse bouche (doesn’t everyone?), but I’m not a contestant on Top Chef. With two toddlers underfoot, a bite-sized hors d’oeuvre is just a little bit outside of my culinary repertoire right now.
But the tasting dishes are just so cute; and they really are versatile. They would make a very elegant way to serve condiments for example, or you could get crafty and make a little pincushions like these. Or…you could do what I did and make some place card holders for your next festive gathering. I saw the idea for a ‘yogurt bar’ on Pinterest the other day and I’ve kept it in the back of my mind for a Mother’s Day brunch. Some felt berries as place card holders would go so well with that scenario.
What do you think?
I found a couple great tutorials for making felt strawberries and blueberries. They’re such an easy handcraft. Very portable…I made them while I was outside watching my little ones explore the backyard.
I had to come up with my own method for making raspberries because I couldn’t find anything helpful on the good old internets. Here’s what I did:
Step 1. Using embroidery thread in a complementary color, baste around the circumference of a 2 inch circle of felt.
Step 2. Stuff with a small amount of batting.
Step 3. Draw basting stitches together and secure with a knot or two.
Step 4. Start looping the thread through the top side of the felt berry, pulling taut after each stitch causing the felt to pucker.
Step 5. Continue in this manner horizontally across the top of the berry and then vertically.
Step 6. Pull the embroidery thread to the back of the berry and secure with another knot or two.
To make the place setting, I just printed some place cards and secured them to a long toothpick. I cut some floral foam to fit into each ceramic dish. Then I added a couple of felt ‘leaves’ and the berries.
Stick the place card into the foam, et voila!
You’re good to go.
I have to admit that felt berries are slightly on the tedious side. If you don’t like detailed handwork, you probably won’t go for this type of craft. I really do like it, so this was a fun project for me. And with the weather behaving more amenably, I could work on it outside. Absolutely lovely.
Do you guys have plans for Mother’s Day? Anything exciting in the works?
You know what? I put a lot of work into this craft so I’m going to link up with these lovely sites below. If you have something fancy of your own to share then please join me!Pin It