Needle Felted Camping Playscape Tutorial

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Let’s Go Camping! The needle felted camping tutorial shows you step-by-step how to felt a pine tree, a blazing fire pit, a tree stump, a fishing pole with a fish, a fox, a tent and a little owl. This easy tutorial provides hours of felting fun as well as a delightful playscape for kids! lauraleeburch Camping Playscape Tut. 

Needle Felted Fairytale Castle Tutorial

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Needle Felted Castle

One thing led to another, in reverse order…I wanted to make doll dresses, so I made a dress and then a princess to wear the pretty, pink dress, I made the gallant knight so the princess would have someone to do the chores around the castle, and I made the castle so the princess and her handy knight would have a place to live! After the castle and it’s inhabitants were done, I figured I’d needle felt a piece of realestate to put the caste, so I needle felted this forest scenery and a few trees-it all started with a pretty dress… This castle tutorial is an intermediate level – it’s fun to do! A pipe-cleaner doll tutorial is coming soon….

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Fairy Real Estate-Needle felted Tree Stump Playscape

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Gnome Home-Needle felted tree stump playscape

FOR SALE: Magical Luxury Villa, 606 Forest Floor Way-Loft/Studio space, pond view, spacious interior with a nice mushroom garden, a quiet and friendly neighborhood, close to the Cricket Kindergarten, a good location: 5 minutes from downtown Snail Square, the Toad and Stool Pub and Forest Mini Market. 
Listing Price: 6 acorns, 2 snails and a pile of leaves

The gnome seller of this beautiful home must sell quickly as he’s bought a mushroom condo in a warmer climate. -Please contact Forest and Fauna Fairy Real Estate agent Laura Lee Burch to make an offer. 

The tree stump is spacious
The tree stump has a spacious interior "home space".

I’ve deemed myself a fairy real estate broker, qualified to help fairy folk find the home that best suits them.

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Let your imagination run wild!

I’m holding an open house at the property: Come one, come all! Truffle Beer and gnome nummies will be served.

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Open house guests mingle in the garden

Waldorf Needle Felted and Felt Mushroom Houses

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Red spotted Mushroom houses

Welcome to the fungi neighborhood! I’ve wanted to make a habitat for awhile now, so I started with the mushroom houses and this is what I’ve come up with. I had some industrial felt sitting around, I decided to use this because I needed a firm material for the base of the house. The industrial felt is so hard you can’t felt into (it is about 1/4″ thick and comes in many thicknesses) but it’s perfect for “building”.

needle felted and felt mushroom house
Needle felted and felt Mushroom house.

I really got into the felt details of the mushroom stem, in this house I’ve added a rabbit, deer and owl into the flower and vine design.

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An owl in the forest, felt detail
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Deer in the forest, felt detail.

  I had needle felted the tops of the mushrooms earlier as hats, so I reused the hats for the mushroom caps. The houses have 2 floors; you enter the bottom floor by entering the front door and you can access the top floor by lifting off the mushroom cap.

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There are two floors in the mushroom houses.
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The upper floor of the mushroom house.

The mushroom houses are the perfect size for my wood-felt-wool dolls!

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Imaginative play with mushroom houses and wooden-felt-wool dolls.

You can find both of these mushroom houses for sale on my Etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lauraleeburch

Needle Felted World Map Playscape

world map playscape

Playscapes are toys meant to give the fertile minds of children a place to romp. I thought maybe a playscape could also be a means of learning and a way to make learning more fun. How many times have you copied the map, whited out the names of the countries and oceans and given it back to you child to fill in? My playscape has no names so your child can learn to recognize the shapes of the continents, oceans and seas.

playscape figures: ship, tree, mountain, dune, fish, volcano

I figure you can make a game out of the playscape, play figures and suggested areas for discovery. With the help of an adult or older sibling, two or more can play the game. One player should ask where the Sahara desert is (for example), the other players will place their dune on the area they believe the famous desert to be. If you’re right, you get a point, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. The adult or older sibling can help the other players research certain areas of interest on the Internet or on an atlas, further explaining the list of places suggested for discovery. I needle felted the little play figures to help mark the special areas like deserts, dunes, volcanoes, forests, oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, plains, islands and mountains. I made a list of five of the most well known in each category, as a guide for discovery. The little ship sails the world, discovering interesting places.

world map playscape and play figures to make world exploration fun

I haven’t studied geography in years and I really enjoyed the research I did for the location card. Not too long ago, I was in the United States shopping for groceries. I struck up a conversation with the check out clerk and bag boy. They asked me where I lived, I told them Israel. They replied “Israel!, isn’t that like another country?” Let me tell you, there is a need for a game like this!

needle felted world map

I think this could be good cocktail party game for adults too, let’s call it World Traveler. If you find the suggested location, you get to do a shot and the winner is the one who can find their way home at the end of the game! 

The map comes rolled with the playing pieces inside