Hey, guys! Jessica here with The Hook Nook again! I don’t know about you, but I have had so much fun DIY’ing lately. Anything from last month’s Easy Breezy Summer Cardi (crochet cardigan) to a few household fixes and now this super fun felt boho wind catcher!
With this warm weather, I am finding that I’m outside just about every single day and I want to decorate my yard with more pretty things!! Cue this darling wind catcher. Combining the weight and smoothness of beads with the texture and personality of felt flowers PLUS hand-painted feathers, I could not be more excited!!
For the materials of this project, I wanted something fun, but classy. I chose to use these products which are all available at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store:
• 10” gold metal loop (for its weight)
• Neutral-toned felt sheets
• Larger, weighted beads for center of wind catcher
• Smaller, decorative beads for exterior strands
• Embroidery floss (to fit the smaller beads)
• White craft feathers
• Gold acrylic paint
• Small craft paintbrush
• Hemp cord
• Hot glue gun and hot glue
To get started, I first wrapped the gold hoop with hemp cord (I just really like texture, ha!). I dabbed a small amount of hot glue onto the hoop and let the end of the hemp cord dry so I could begin wrapping without worrying that it will unwrap itself or become loose. I also didn’t want to tie it onto the hoop because the knot would create a “bump” and the perfectionist in me wasn’t too keen on that. Every few inches I would place another small amount of hot glue and let it dry before moving on. This ensured that the cord, again, wouldn’t loosen itself.
After I finished wrapping the hoop, I wanted to paint the feathers (that way they were dry when it was time to attach them!). I laid the white feathers down on a paper towel and painted them about halfway up. I love that dip-dyed look! Best part? The acrylic paint dries SUPER fast.
Next, I found a great tutorial on how to make felt flowers on Pinterest and used my neutral-colored felt for them. I think they turned out so well!
I liked the idea of the feathers being on the bottom for fun movement in the wind so I put hot glue on the side of the quill and let the floss dry. I then strung my beads onto the floss and hot glued the bottom bead to the top of the quill to make sure the very bottom had weight to it so the feather wouldn’t lie at weird angles. I ended up stringing five beads per strand (eight strands total) and laying out the strand so I could space the beads how I wanted them (they are approximately 2.5-3” apart). I put the tiniest little drop of hot glue near the top and bottom openings of each bead to secure it in place. I decided to do this instead of looping it through the hole a second time because I didn’t want to see the floss on the exterior of the bead.
For the center weighted beads, I tied a long strand of hemp cord to the top crisscrossed hanging strands (simply just cut matching length cords and hot glued the ends after wrapping it just a couple times and placed them in an “x” design to keep the support of the wind catcher even so it sat perfectly horizontal). After stringing the first bead, I strung the cord through the hole one more time to secure it in place. This also allowed me to adjust its placement later on by sampling loosening the wrap. I tied a knot on the bottom bead to secure them and voila!
Lastly, I attached the felt flowers on the outside of the hemp-wrapped hoop using my hot glue gun and am so happy with how it all turned out! It’s the perfect addition to my yard! I hope you’re itching to make one for yourself (or someone else!) and I can’t wait to see what it will look like!!
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See you next time!