DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother’s Day

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You don’t have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It’s actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that’s perfect for Mother’s Day!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

While this project is easy enough to complete solo, I highly recommend getting a friend (or friends) involved. Not because this project is difficult to do, but because it’s a great way to beat the last of those winter blues.

This past winter was tough on me. Like many of you, in addition to a small bout of seasonal depression, I was also dealing with my own set of trials and tribulations. This included moving over Christmas weekend into my best friend’s house and ending a marriage that lasted a brief six days shy of six months. While not my best moment, great friends and a terrific holistic therapist helped me through it.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

One of the things that I wasn’t quite up to during this time period was crafting. So while I tried to keep up with sharing new skin care recipes on the blog, there were no DIY craft nights with the ladies through the entire winter season. Those nights are something I have truly missed. So my first DIY night this spring was needle felting for beginners.

My friend, Hillary, actually hosts a local Wine & Art Wednesday. So while I technically attended a course to learn needle felting, it was a lot like a DIY night at home with some of my favorite people. My friend and roommate, Bambi, also accompanied me and we had an absolute blast!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated by needle felting at first. It looked hard, and therefore I mistakenly assumed it would be hard. It wasn’t. By beginning with a DIY needle felted wine bag, it made the process of learning needle felting even easier. As you’re working with a flat, rather than a three dimensional surface, it also takes less time.

Of course, realizing this made me kind of regret giving away that needle felting kit for beginners I’d bought some time back after promising myself to learn new things. (I am now shaking my fist at my own procrastination.)

While playing with sharp objects and drinking wine was probably not the best choice, no one was hurt in the making of this project. So grab a friend or two, split the cost of materials and make your own DIY needle felted wine bags for gift giving.

Getting Started

As Wine & Art Wednesday is only a two hour class it was impossible to learn everything there is to know about needle felting in such a short time frame. Hillary covered just the bare bones basics with us.

However, I found as the night went on, I learned more about what techniques and needles did what simply by using them. So don’t feel like you need to become a book expert on needle felting for beginners prior to getting started. Besides, sometimes it’s a lot more fun to just dive right in.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Tips for Making Your DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag

Here are some basics to needle felting that will make the process of creating your DIY needle felted wine bag more enjoyable.

  • Use a stencil or cookie cutter to easily create shapes.
  • Pull the needle out of the wool in the same direction it went in to avoid breaking your needle.
  • Work around the side of your object to firm up its shape rather then from the top. Insert your needle at an angle to do this, but be sure to pull it back out at the same angle.
  • Occasionally pull your wine bag gently apart to keep the wool from sticking to the  other side or place the foam pad/cushion inside the bag rather than under it.
  • Be sure to check out these 5 common needle felting mistakes before getting started.
  • Once you get the knack of needle felting, purchase a book for more information to hone your needle felting skills.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you don’t like what you have, you can always start over. My philosophy is that a mistake is never a mistake. It’s a learning experience.
  • Use your friends for ideas. Friends are great with helping you execute your vision because they know you so well. You can also help one another out as you learn new tricks of the trade together.

For more great tips on needle felting, be sure to check out these needle felting tips & tricks from Kawaii Felting. Or check out the books Needle Felting From Basics to BearsFast, Fun & Easy Needle Felting and Making More Needle-Felting Magic.

Ready to craft your own DIY needle felted wine bag? Following you’ll find a list of the tools & supplies we used in Hillary’s class along with in progress photos of the needle felted wine bags that Bambi and I made!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag

Tools & Supplies:

Roving Wool in Assorted Colors
Basic Needle Felting Kit
Reusable Burlap Bottle Bags
Metal Cookie Cutters in Assorted Shapes
Your Imagination!

What To Do:

Begin by deciding on a design you’d like to create for your DIY needle felted wine bag. Then choose the colors of roving wool you’d like to use. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and even blend different colors of wool together. Once you’ve decided on your design – the hardest part! – gather the materials and tools you will be using.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

You’ll begin by using a smaller gauge needle to get started on your DIY needle felted wine bag. As you move through this project, you will switch over to a larger gauge needle for detail work and finishing off your pieces. A 36 gauge needle is the most commonly used, however finer wools such as merino wool may require a 38 gauge needle. (You can find a guide to felting needles here.)

Needle Felting - The Penetration Stroke (Because it's funny, dammit!)

Hillary provided us with some informational teaching materials on needle felting, including information on felting needles, during the course. We didn’t really give those more than a cursory glance, however. Hillary gave us the basics and off we went. But we did gain some amusement from them. (I know. I know. Sometimes I have the sense of humor of a twelve year old boy.)

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Once you’re ready to begin, pull apart the roving wool with your hands until it’s fluffy. You can then blend several colors of wool together if you like.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Now place the wine bag on top of foam pad. Follow with the cookie cutter you’ve chosen for your first shape. Then fill the cookie cutter with the color(s) of wool you’ve chosen to use. Use a smaller gauge needle in short, stabbing up and down motions on the wool inside the cookie cutter. Continue until the wool starts to firm up and create a more solid shape.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Once you have the basic shape of the wool down, remove the cookie cutter and use a larger gauge needle on the top of the wool to felt it further. Then use the needle gently along the sides, making sure to pull the needle out the same direction it went in, to further define the edges of your shape.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

You can also add wool in the same manner free hand to create your own unique elements.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

That’s really all there is to it! Keep adding to your design as desired until you’re satisfied with your DIY needle felted wine bag. Then it’s ready for gift giving!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Here’s a look at our finished needle felted wine bags. Bambi made the DIY needle felted wine bag with the flower and leaves and I made the one with the stars and planets.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

We were really excited by how our wine bags turned out and are both looking forward to what was an inspiring and social DIY craft night again soon.

Cactus Needle Felting Kit! This prickly pear cactus needle felting kit from Benzie Design includes all the supplies you need to make your own pretty cactus -- needles, foam, roving, felt flowers, floss + a teeny tiny flower pot. A helpful instruction sheet includes step-by-step instructions that even a beginner can use! Finished plant measures about 4" tall.

More to Explore

If you prefer a needle felting kit, like this Prickly Pear Needle Felting Kit from Benzie Design, then be sure to check out some of the amazing needle felting kits available from Etsy here. Or shop from among some of my other handmade, artisan favorites!

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Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

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This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing!

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of his girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard.

Supercharged with good for you ingredients, this healthy green salad recipe is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody's girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody’s girlfriend’s family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

Mother's Day flowers picked from the garden.

Cody made this green salad recipe for me and my mother for Mother’s Day on Sunday along with the most amazing Szechuan Beef with Zoodles, or zucchini noodles.

Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Cody used this Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy’s Kitchen. It was absolutely to die for and I highly recommend this recipe as well.

Cody cooking a Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Keep reading for the Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios. This green salad recipe is meant to be served as a full meal so it’s a great treat for vegetarians. Alternately, it can also serve 4-6 people as a side dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

by Kate + Adam Reinard

Ingredients:

3 scallions
1 small cucumber
1 green pear
2 stalks celery
1 avocado
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 cup shelled edamame beans
juice of 1-2 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop the scallions, cucumber, pear, celery, avocado, pistachios and basil and combine in a large bowl.

Mix in the edamame bean then dress the salad with the juice from the lime(s), olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy! Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator until the next day.

A side note on this one. This green salad recipe is absolutely divine as is. However, I would use 1/2 cup of pistachios the next time around to ensure I get a pistachio in every bite as the nuts add a fantastic flavor zing to this dish.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

If you like this green salad recipe, then you may also like my Black Bean Dip Recipe as well as my summer inspired Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe. Also be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board for more great dinner and salad recipe ideas.

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re still on the hunt for last minute Mother’s day gift ideas, then you’ll love this collection of Mother’s day gift ideas! Make them in just an hour in an afternoon and then gift them the same day!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

1. Adzuki Bean Soap Recipe – This easy DIY adzuki bean soap makes a beautiful and functional homemade Mother’s Day gift! Made from a glycerin soap base, this adzuki bean soap recipe is a snap to make and is ready to gift the same day.

2. Custom Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe – Learn how to make this DIY Dry Body Oil Spray as a custom scented homemade Mother’s Day gift for mom!

3. Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe – This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful last minute Mother’s Day gift idea! Simply customize it with mom’s favorite scent!

4. Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe – This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is super simple to make and is a wonderful homemade Mother’s Day gift idea!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

5. Natural Sal Butter Sugar Scrub Recipe – This naturally colored and scented sal butter sugar scrub recipe creates a natural, nourishing scrub that is especially suited for mom’s maturing skin. In addition to sal butter, this sugar scrub recipe also contains healing neem oil and moisturizing coconut oil.

6. Organic Peppercorn Massage Melt and Pour Soap Recipe – This fun homemade soap contains black peppercorns that gently massage skin as the soap is used.

7. Natural Lavender Bath Salts Recipe – Help mom keeping her skin looking and feeling great with this natural coconut milk & lavender bath salts recipe.

8. Ginger Lime Salt Scrub Recipe – Looking for a fresh new scrub for a last minute Mother’s day gift? Try this invigorating ginger and lime homemade salt scrub recipe! Not only is it easy to make, but it offers exceptional exfoliating and moisturizing benefits for your skin.

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

9. DIY Custom Herbal Tea Blends – Create the perfect last minute Mother’s day gift by gifting her with a relaxing, custom herbal tea blend!

10. DIY Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bombs – These freshly scented bath bombs make a relaxing last minute Mother’s day gift idea.

11. Homemade Lavender Bath Melts Recipe – These easy lavender scented bath melts contain soy wax to help them stand up better to storage before use and help to moisturize and protect dry or maturing skin from the elements.

12. DIY Terrariums – These cute terrariums are perfect as last minute Mother’s day gift ideas! Just collect materials from outside and combine them in a glass container!

For even more last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY, be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board as well as my post, DIY Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make and Gift.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make and Gift

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DIY Mother's Day gifts you can make and gift! 12 fantastic DIY Mother's day gifts for the mom who has everything.

Mother’s Day is May 8th this year and that means there’s still time to make some pretty amazing DIY Mother’s Day gifts. Following are twelve of my favorite DIY Mother’s Day gifts for the Mom who has everything and just needs a little pampering.

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

1. Foaming Salt Scrub Recipe – This foaming salt scrub recipe is super easy to make and can be customized with your Mom’s favorite scent for Mother’s Day! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

2. DIY Container Succulent Garden – Need last minute DIY Mother’s Day gifts? Skip the bouquet of flowers and instead gift her with a gorgeous DIY Succulent Container Garden Arrangement! Not only is it inexpensive to make – definitely less than a florist’s flower bouquet – but it will last and last even if Mom doesn’t have a green thumb!

3. DIY Melt and Pour Loofah Soap – This easy homemade exfoliating loofah soap tutorial makes a fun weekend project you can create with the kids for DIY Mother’s Day gifts!

4. Natural Chocolate Rose Body Cream Recipe – This heavenly chocolate rose body cream recipe makes wonderful DIY Mother’s day gifts! Crafted using moisture intense coconut oil and a blend of cocoa absolute and rose essential oil, not only does this chocolate rose body cream recipe smell fabulous, but it’s a hundred percent natural.

5. Pink Salt & Sal Butter Soap Recipe – This homemade pink salt and sal butter soap recipe contains a high percentage of skin conditioning sal butter and mineral rich pink Himalayan salt that aids in detoxing, healing and nourishing skin maturing skin. Custom scent this homemade soap with Mom’s favorite fragrance for customized DIY Mother’s Day gifts.

6. Luxury Double Butter Soap Recipe – This homemade luxury double butter soap recipe contains high percentages of cocoa and shea butters making it wonderful for mom’s maturing skin.

DIY Mother's Day gifts you can make and gift! 12 fantastic DIY Mother's day gifts for the mom who has everything.

7. Shea Butter Body Spray Recipe – Mom will love this shea butter body spray! It’s fantastic for dry and maturing skin and is made with moisturizing shea nut oil and healing neem oil. Once applied it leaves skin feeling silky smooth and soft and can be custom scented with your Mom’s favorite fragrance.

8. Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe – These easy solid sugar scrub cubes make wonderful DIY Mother’s Day gifts. It’s easy to make and ready for gifting all on the same day. Made using all natural ingredients this solid sugar scrub cubes recipe can be customized with Mom’s favorite essential oil and a carrier oil that suits Mom’s skin care needs.

9. Truffle Bath Melts Recipe – These heart shaped bath melts are a wonderful way to tell Mom “I love you.” Not only are these bath melts super easy to make, they also only requires a few ingredients making them a simple DIY Mother’s Day gift choice.

10. Roll On Perfume Oil Recipe – This roll on perfume oil recipe is incredibly easy to make. It only requires two simple ingredients, however you can dress up your roll on perfume oil by placing botanicals inside the container with the perfume oil and then decorating the lid with a strip of washi tape for simple DIY Mother’s Day gifts.

11. Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe – This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe is made with real cocoa powder as well as skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters that are wonderful for dry or maturing skin. Not only does this body butter smell great, but it’s non-greasy and helps to protect your skin from the elements and repeated hand washings – something every busy Mom can use!

12. Lavender Mint Balm Recipe – If your mom loves the outdoors then she’s sure to love this nature inspired lavender mint balm recipe. Perfect for hands, body and lips, this lavender mint balm is made from natural lavender and mint infused oil and raw, unfiltered beeswax. It makes lovely and thoughtful DIY Mother’s Day gifts.

For even more ideas for DIY Mother’s Day gifts be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. Or, for more bath, body and skin care recipes, follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Need last minute DIY Mother's Day gifts? Be sure to check out this amazing collection of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that she's sure to love!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t forget to treat her to something special for Mother’s Day. If you’re still on the hunt for Mother’s Day gift ideas, then be sure to check out my collection of DIY Mother’s Day gifts on my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! You’ll find lots of lovely DIY Mother’s Day gifts you can make including this DIY for an easy bud vase via This Heart of Mine blog. (Re-pin this bud vase DIY here for later!) Plus there are also links to a lot of great printable Mother’s Day cards as well as DIY food and homemade bath and beauty gift ideas.

Need last minute DIY Mother's Day gifts? Be sure to check out this amazing collection of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that she's sure to love!

Like this printable Mother’s Day Garden Cake Topper via Oh Happy Day! (Re-pin it here.)

Need last minute DIY Mother's Day gifts? Be sure to check out this amazing collection of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that she's sure to love!

And these DIY Mother’s Day Herbal Bath Salts with printable labels via Julep. (Re-pin this project here.)

And if that’s not enough there’s always my entire DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board to explore! Because what mom doesn’t need a little more me time to pamper herself, right?

So what are you waiting for? Check out my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board now for over 200 great DIY Mother’s Day gifts you make and give! Then don’t forget to follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ so you never miss a post.