Adventure Time Crafts:
Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make
from the Land of Ooo
It’s no secret that I love to craft. It’s my main hobby, and it takes up a fair amount of free time. I also happen to love Cartoon Network and the crazy shows they have on there. So when I saw this book, I just knew I had to review it, and make some of the mathematical crafts within its pages. Overall, this is a great book! If you’ve just started getting into crafts, it’s a great place to learn about different techniques, styles, and types. However, it is sewing heavy. But never fear! This book breaks down sewing to easy bit sized chunks so even the least crafty person around could still sew up a project.
Instead of doing a standard book review where I tell you about how great this book is, I’ve decided to pick out a craft I have never tried before and show you just how easy the instructions are. So without further delay, here is my review of the Needle Felted Gunter craft!
First step is obviously to gather your supplies. It was interesting looking for wool roving and the needles because I’ve never stayed long in that section of my local craft store before. Beware! Each little sack of wool was $1.99, and the kit that has two needles and a foam block was $5.99. So total for this project was about $12, give or take for taxes. But, the great thing is you get enough wool for around three Gunters, depending on how big you make them and the kit will last for quite a while. On to the next steps!
This book was great for learning a new craft! Each step is broken down in to simple terms without making you feel like a total idiot. The author also took the time to fully explain what you needed to do, and why. For example, when it tells you to start stabbing the wool, it explains that the needles have little hooks on them that help the wool attach to itself. There are also handy illustrations and pictures if words alone don’t get the job done!
Now, I have never tried needle felting before. I’ve tried a lot of other crafts, ranging from pottery to knitting and everything in between. My main areas of expertise are crochet, knitting, and needle point. I dabble in sewing things, but only by hand. So nothing that I have tried before could have given me some sort of crafty advantage on this. It was very frustrating for me because the wool wouldn’t do what I wanted to. Turns out I was doing it wrong the entire time. That’s what you get for skimming over the instructions.
Overall (once I got the hang of it) it was a pretty simple craft! It did cost a fair bit, but for the several Gunters you can make from it, it’s worth the cost.
The rest of the projects don’t look like they’d cost a lot more than this. There are several projects that call for felt for sewing, but you never need a ton of it, and if you watch for the sales or check the clearance scraps, you could make just about everything pretty cheap. The cheapest project, in my opinion, would be the finger puppets. Craft felt here is anywhere from ten cents to a quarter. Plus you can make a ton of them easily from the same sheet.
All of the projects are flippin adorable. Seriously.
I plan to make the vast majority of these crafts for myself, friends, and to toss at random strangers because they are just so cute!