STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Rainy Day Ducks Felted Pictures

April showers bring happy ducks out to play! Add soft spring flair to your home with whimsical wall plaques created from foam shapes fabric and felted fiber.
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Debra Quartermain

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: 2"; 1-1/2"; two 1"
  • Block: 18" x 12" x 1"; scrap
  • Egg, 3"
  • Disc, 6" x 1"
Other Materials
  • Fabrics: white fleece, 1/3 yd.; cotton
  • stripe, 1/4 yd.; cotton print scraps; purple felt
  • Wool fiber, 2 oz. each: bright yellow; soft yellow;
  • orange; purple; teal; blue; green
  • Ribbons, 1/3 yd. each: pink/purple print, 3/16" wide;
  • pale green gingham, 1/2" wide
  • Small buttons, two
  • Cardstock

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass or circle templates: 3"; 6"; 8"
  • Wooden skewer
  • Soft cloth
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needlefelting tool
  • Black ball-head straight pins, five
  • Sawtooth hangers with nails, two
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabric glue or thick, white craft glue

Instructions

Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Thehigher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smallerthe hole left in the project. Follow manufacturer's instructions.
  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut allfoam shapes in half, except foam block scrap; cut egglengthwise. Use soft cloth to brush away stray bits of foam.
  • 2. Cut two 8" x 11" and two 12" x 16" fleece pieces. Place onelarge piece wrong side up on work surface. Center one foamhalf-sheet on fleece and bring edges up and over foam sidestoward center, pulling gently. Use glue gun to adhere edges tofoam, mitering corners as needed to lay flat; trim excess.Glue smaller fleece piece to exposed foam on back side,covering fleece edges; turn to right side. Repeat for second panel.
  • 3. Loosely cover rounded side of each foam half-egg and each2" foam half-ball with bright yellow wool fiber, wrapping itaround to overlap cut sides by 1/2". Following manufacturer'sinstructions, use needlefelting tool to secure wool to foam.
  • 4. Add extra bright yellow fiber to narrow end of each egg andneedlefelt into pointed tails. Use needlefelting tool tocreate a wing shape on side of each egg, about 1" from edges.Use egg shape as guide and go over line several times tocreate definition.
  • 5. Glue duck heads and bodies to fleece-covered panels as shown.
  • 6. Cut out patterns. Use air-soluble marker to trace raindrop patternnine times onto open areas of each panel; refer to photo as guide.
  • 7. Pull several lengths of orange wool fiber and arrange in aroughly 7" square shape. Add a second layer of fiber acrossthe grain of the first and place both on scrap foam block.Needlefelt fibers together to tighten into a 5" square, about1/4" thick. Remove felted fabric from foam and flip oftenwhile felting to prevent sticking.
  • 8. Trace and cut two feet and two beak patterns from feltedfiber. Needlefelt beaks and feet in place. Use needlefeltingtool to create line separating feet. Glue and insert black-headpins into ducks for eyes. Tie ribbon bows and glue to necks as shown.
  • 9. Use air-soluble marker to trace a flower, stem and leavesonto each panel. Needlefelt one purple flower and one tealflower. Needlefelt soft yellow stem/leaves for teal flower andgreen stem/leaf for purple flower. Use needlefelting tool tocreate lines separating petals and vein line in each leaf.Glue buttons into flower centers.
  • 10. Cut 6" and 3" circles from cotton print scraps. Foldcircles in half, wrong sides together, and glue edges; let dry.Curve larger piece around one duck's head for hat; glue to secure.
  • 11. In same way as duck parts, cover rounded sides of one1-1/2" and two 1" half'-balls with soft yellow fiber;needlefelt in place. Repeat with two 1" half-balls and tealfiber. Glue balls along flower stem as shown to createcaterpillar; largest piece is head. Glue and insert black-headpins into caterpillar for eyes. Curve 3" fabric half-circlearound head for hat; glue to secure.
  • 12. Cut 8" circle from striped fabric; cut circle in half.Trim 1/4" from all edges of one fabric piece. Cover one foamhalf-disc with striped fabric in same way as fleece-coveredpanels; set aside remaining half-disc for a future project.
  • 13. Cut 6" skewer length and cover with purple felt, leaving1" at each end uncovered; glue felt to secure. Let dry. Dipskewer ends in glue and insert into duck wing and center ofumbrella as shown. Glue umbrella edge to panel to secure.
  • 14. Glue sawtooth hanger to top center back of each plaque.Dip nail ends in glue and insert into foam through hangerholes. Let dry completely.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Needlefelted ChickDaisy DucksYarn Art Ocean Scene