Last week, I was sitting on a proverbial egg. Fret, nausea, excitement: I was all over the place.
I was the lead on a craft project for Nora’s class. Each year every class makes something — something big and wonderful – to be auctioned off as a fundraiser.
We made a wool felt rug. Or, wall hanging, I guess. Since the thought of it getting walked on makes me queasy. Not that it’s sacred; it just wouldn’t hold up to foot traffic.
It was by far the biggest crafting endeavor I’ve been a part of. I felt like Christo. With insomnia.
Not that I’m complaining. I’m the one who found this crazy idea.
I was poking around the internet looking for a craft project with some wow factor that the kids could actually help execute. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it makes it special. However, the things kindergarteners specialize in making — sticky, lopsided things — are things no adult wants to buy. So the trick was to find something that didn’t need skill, just energy.
I found some basic instructions for making a wool felt rug using the stomping power of kids. (The woman who published the instructions is also the supplier of the wool batts we used.) We picked a simple cherry blossom design, as “Cherry Blossom” is the name of my daughter’s class.
All we needed was 10 pounds of wool, 2 gallons of water, some rope, old sheets and a few ten foot 2x4s. No problem!
Here’s How it All Went Down
I did not do this alone! I had the most amazing team comprised of grown-ups, kindergarteners and eighth graders. Everyone did a fantastic job! Thank you!
And the rug earned $700 to support our school!
So, what’s the biggest craft project you’ve ever done? We’re looking for ideas for next year.