It’s fun to make decorations for children – and you never know, the parents might just love the objects too! I made this raindrop wall hanging for an outdoorsy friend of mine who has a little one on the way. The felt, cotton twine and tree branch have an organic, tactile quality that brings a little bit of the natural world indoors.
- 3mm felt – one letter-sized sheet will do
- 10″ trimmed branch – this one came from a wisteria vine
- Cotton twine or embroidery thread
- 2″ x 4″ piece of cardstock
- Scissors and ruler
- Big, sharp needle that can thread felt. Think a carpet needle or leather punch.
To keep all my raindrops the same size, I made a template using cardstock. Fold the 2″ wide piece of cardstock in half, draw half of the droplet curve and then cut it out – boom, symmetrical raindrops. Use the template to create 15 raindrops out of felt.
I took my branch directly from a dead wisteria in my backyard, cut it to size with secateurs, and then used a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the roughness of the branch (while keeping plenty of the color underneath). NB: If you’re worried about bugs in a piece of wood you’re using, squirt a bit of acetone or orange oil into any holes to clear them up.
With my raindrop threads, they alternate between a 6″ and 10″ drop from the branch. I used a carpet needle (3mm felt is dense!) to sew cotton twine through each drop, top to bottom, and measured a 6″ gap between each raindrop.
This is a cute, fun project that takes less than an afternoon. You can play around with different felt colors, or shapes. How about hearts, birds, diamonds or leaves?
I have yet to find out how much mama and baby like this hanging, but I almost want to keep it for myself!