Here are my two wool twig ornaments hanging from our antlers. The little blue wool felt star is just there for extra pizazz (but I made it, too...). I don't know why I didn't think of hanging ornaments from the antlers sooner, because that just looks awesome.
The idea came to me when I saw this adorable Anthropologie letter ornament. They used metal to make branch letters, which they covered in wool, but I wanted to make ones that were even more organic.
I also had these amazing yarn wrapped antlers in mind, which is maybe what made me think of displaying my ornaments on our antlers, now that I think about it...
Here's what I made! It took a bit of time and patience, but I really like how they turned out, and I'm already making plans to get more colors and make more.
I used actual twigs that I picked up in our yard (Odo kept trying to steal them from me), and some wool roving I already had lying around from previous needle felting projects. I was a bit limited by only having a couple color options, but I did my best with what I had. A free project is always a good thing.
The steps are really pretty simple, and hard to take good pictures of, but here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how it was done in case you want to try:
I started by tying the piece of yarn that would later be the hanging loop onto the twig in the middle. I did one knot on either side of the twig to keep it secure, and so I would be able to hide it well. For the first wool twig I made (the light pink and blue one in the other pictures), I didn't think to add the hanging loop until I was almost done so it had to go at the edge; I wish I had thought of it sooner, so it could have hung from the middle like this one.
Then I started at one end, and wrapped the wool roving around and around a little bit at a time. The ends of the twigs were the most annoying part, but you just have to be patient and keep wrapping and smoothing until it sticks. In general, the wool sticks to itself really well. Just remember to keep wrapping in the same direction; a few times I got turned around with my twisting, especially when I was layering little stripes, and then it would get all messy looking.
When I got to the hanging loop, I just went right over the knots and end bits. I had a lot of fun deciding which colors to put next to each other and experimenting with spiraled stripy areas to achieve a balanced and interesting final color layout.
Here's how it turned out. I like the combination of the rusty red, white, and light and dark blues. It feels festive, without being too holiday specific, which is definitely something I strive for with all of my ornaments.
This is the first wool twig ornament I made. This one was a little easier due to the shape of the twig (if you're going to try this project, I recommend choosing a twig that doesn't have narrow spaces between its limbs), but I do wish the loop came from the middle instead of the tip.
What do you think of my wool twig ornaments? Will you try to make one? What colors of wool roving should I go buy to make more? I'm thinking of making some to sell on Etsy, too... is it weird to sell a twig wrapped in wool? Have you made any ornaments or holiday decorations this year?