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Felt Holly Corsage

For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to make multiple corsages in a single afternoon.

Introduction

We used an assortment of trimmings: tiny glass ornaments, pom-poms, snipped pieces of tinsel, and velvet and silk ribbons to embellish ours, but you could also use buttons, beads, special fabric you've been saving, or antique milliner flowers found at a flea market.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Print the template, and cut out. From a piece of felt, cut one 2 1/2-by-5-inch rectangle for each pair of leaves. Fold rectangle in half lengthwise.

  2. Step 2

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    Crease with an iron set to "wool." With the rectangle still folded, trace the template and cut out the shape using scissors. Unfold. To make the 4-leaf design, cross 2 felt shapes; using a low-temperature glue gun, attach at the center. For the 2-leaf version, dab glue at the center of 1 felt shape, and fold, angling the leaves.

  3. Step 3

    Glue desired trimmings to the front and a bar pin or a barrette to the back.

  4. Step 4

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    To prepare as a gift: Cut a 4-by-5-inch piece of card stock. Punch 2 small holes, about 1 inch apart, into the center of the card. Attach the pin or barrette. Using a rubber stamp and a white ink pad, stamp a "tag." Write the recipient's name and a greeting.

Reviews (1)

  • carrie-sue_1 17 Dec, 2013

    These are easy and fun to make! I prefer the 2-leaf version (angled in an upside-down V) in "non-holly" colors like the ones shown. I like using a plaid ribbon that pulls out one or more of the colors, just the teeniest sprig of glittery something, and a tiny glass ornament ball. Really striking. Wish I could post a pic!