North Pole Project

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I love the way these turned out. The detailed miniature pipecleaner armatures worked well for the tiny needle felted polar bears, the candy-like sugar-coated snowball exteriors, the cuteness factor and how these ornaments pop and shine when they are on the tree. The little tag that says A Winter Gift pulls it all together. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun experimenting with different scenes. I also made a few deer in Muir Woods while creating my prototypes. Be patient -there are lots of little steps. Painting the interiers and exteriors of the balls, waiting for them to dry, adding the glitter, needle felting the tiny animals, designing and attaching the little gift tags.

What you will need

  • Wool roving
  • pipe cleaners
  • paper mache ornaments
  • paint
  • glitter

Q&A with Nysa

Jude H asked:
those are amazing, Nysa!
Nysa answered:
Thanks Jude!
csml asked:
Nysa, these are wonderful. Would you be interested in selling one?
Nysa answered:
i wish i had an extra to sell you! if you can find more of the ornament balls, let me know!
churt asked:
Are the instructions for this available?
Nysa answered:
for the needle felted polar bears, i followed the pictures in the Japanese book "small animals" which can be purchased here: http://feltcafe.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-japanese-needle-felting-books.html or in Japantaown in San Francisco at Kinukuniya bookstore
EweWho asked:
These are just too cute! I don't know if I would have the patience to do the needle felting!
Nysa answered:
oh it's very therapeutic! you should try it. :)
Stitching Times asked:
I'm not a needle felter, but this ornament is so adorable, I'm tempted to start with yet another craft.
Nysa answered:
try it; you'll like it!