This felted heart is easy to create using an Efco polystyrene heart as the base. Needle felt it with red wool, tie a gold ribbon around it and push a plastic hanger into the top for the cord.
This pink bauble is made using a polystyrene ball as a base. It was divided it up into quarters which were then felted with pink and purple wools. Silver ribbon was fixed with pins and beads. The felt stars were attached by needle felting them to the wool background and gems were added with Dekofix glue.
You can create striped effects by felting a polystyrene ball with a base colour and then laying thin sections of wool fibres over the top which are then felted to the base using a felting needle. Ribbons, beaded pins, sequins and gems are then added for extra decoration.
Efco's plastic drops are a beautiful shape and, provided you use small napkin motifs, they can still be decoupaged in the same way as the bauble in Project SO/0008M. You don't have to crackle the painted background if you don't want to and you can add a decorative ribbon as a finishing touch if desired. To make it hold is twirly shape use tiny pieces of double-sided tape to stick it to the plastic bauble.
If you prefer your Santa to have a more traditional look with his hat folded over rather than standing to attention as in Project SO/0010M just thread the cord through the centre of the felt for the hat rather than the tip. That way you can fold it over, using a dab of glue to hold it in place, and add a small white pompom at the tip.
It doesn't matter whether you prefer a more contemporary look for your decorations or more traditional colours, if you use Efco's wire stars as a base, you can create you own beaded decorations to tie in with your chosen theme.
I hope these decorations have inspired you to have a go at making your own this year. You could even make it a family event by getting the kids involved! If you need a little help to get started check out this month's Product of the Month page at Projects4Crafters.com