Jun 6, 2008

Fuzzy Felt Friends and Family.

As kids, me and my sister had numerous sets of "Fuzzy Felts" to play with. Shapes cut out of felt that would cling to a roughed up material board by the power of friction alone! Astounding technology, those toys of the 70s and 80s! We loved them so much. I can remember a circus set, a zoo set, a ballet and theatre set and several mismatched odd ones that my mum had picked up at jumble sales too.My nostalgia led me to make my older daughter a personalized Fuzzy Felt set for her third birthday. It was a bit of a rush job, but I think it turned out fairly decent. On the computer I cropped out the heads of her preschool friends and aunties and uncles from photos and slapped on cartoon bodies for a bit of cutesy humor. Some had the bodies of Charlie Brown or Dora the Explorer, but then I started having fun just drawing simple little child like bodies on the rest. I printed these little people out onto tshirt transfer paper and ironed them onto white felt and cut them out. I also made some random birthday themed felts and a few of thier favourite characters like Charlie and Lola.

The boards were made from cardboard with a weird rough mat/felt material stuck to them that I found in a Japanese store completely by fluke. I have no idea what this material was actually intended for, but it works really well for maximum felt friction fun and was dirt cheap. I gaffer taped the edges of the board, but if I'd not been in such a rush making it the night before her birthday then I'd probably have got an old picture frame from Goodwill or something to put it in.
Here is a pic of the kids with bedhead playing with it the next morning.

6 comments:

Anita said...

I love this ....

MaryAnne said...

These are very cute!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours looks great, and I'm sure I'll be dropping by for more ideas!

Tina said...

I have only just found your blog and I am having a great time literally trawling through all your wonderful ideas.

Thanks Debbie

The beginning of the Homeschooling Journey said...

Love this... where did you find the bodies to use? I would love to do this for my little girl!

The beginning of the Homeschooling Journey said...

I love this. Where did you find the bodies to use?

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

I love this!