I kind of have a love/hate thing going on with the felt that you can buy at Joanne's or Michael's. I love and am way more into the beautiful soft muted colors of felting thrift store wool sweaters myself OR the $30 set of finer quality felts that the waldorf schools use...but neither do I have the time to felt old sweaters nor can I really justify spending that kind of money. (OK, I did ONCE justify a $30 set of fall colored sheets of felt (beautiful subtle, earthy, autumnal tones!!) but that was because I was making a Thanksgiving banner that will surely be handed down as beloved heirloom from generation to generation-- I'll show it to you in November--you'll see what I mean! ; )
So, there I stand, at Joanne's or Michael's, in front of the metal rack with all kinds of bright, kind of neon felt colors that I am not exactly crazy about but feeling like I have no other choice, because they are--after all--RIGHT there and at only .29 cents a sheet-- a real bargin!
Now, after all projects I have done with felt, I have many, many sheets of various, brightly, neon/NON-OCCURING-IN-NATURE colored, bought-at-Joanne's FELT. As I had several sheets spread out in front of me the other night...I was struck by two things: 1) Easter is coming up and I really, really want to do some kind of bunting/banner/garland project and 2) oh...wow...these...colors... really....look...like...JELLY BEANS!!!
Let's just say, I then proceeded to cut out A LOT of various sized oval shapes of felt.
And, then I sewed them all together...
and TA-DA!! a jelly bean Easter color themed decorative garland...it's cute, right?? Super easy, too! It probably won't win any craft awards, but hung around a window, door or across the room...it will add a little whimsey and (artificially bright!) color to any Easter celebration.